Tom Keighley

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North East fingerprint scanner set for international security market

A North East biometric manufacturer is eyeing up a slice of the international security market with its fingerprint scanning technology.

ievo was founded in 2009 and has created a scanner that will even work whilst submerged in water; in temperatures as low as -20°C and with certain substances such as oil, dirt, grease and cream present on the skin.

The product challenges the industry standard of fingerprint security and have quickly become the benchmark of biometric innovation in terms of technology, reliability and integration.

With help from The North East Business Innovation Centre, managing director Shaun Oakes has taken the firm through a period of research.

Shaun said: “Both products are now well established within the security industry and have generated quite a loyal following from security installers in the UK and overseas. We’re always listening to our customers and we felt like the next step was offering them the opportunity to customise our products to suit their project or specification.

“We were able to fund this particular research for product updates through the Innovation Programme where they gave us the support to finance the prototypes for our new technology requirements to allow for testing and development.

“The simplicity of working within the programme really helped us move our plans forward and having secured the funds in February 2013 we are working towards launching several new additions to help accelerate our business and enter new markets that previously would have been inaccessible to us.”

Chris Hylton, business and technical consultant, added: “It has been fantastic to work with ievo on the programme. Their fingerprint scanners operate to military security standards and with the support of the North East SME Innovation Programme they can now offer this level of reliable robust operation to civilian, commercial, academic and public-sector applications with a large number of users without loss of security and with increased functionality covering these increasingly varied sectors.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Tom Keighley .

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