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Windows 7 Puts itís Finger on Enhanced Biometric Support
Iíve always found biometrics to be an interesting aspect to technology. And I was excited to discover that Windows 7 offers changes to the way Windows handles biometrics to enable better experiences. Windows 7 introduces the Windows Biometric Framework which makes integration easier and more consistent to help deliver enhanced reliability, compatibility and usability of fingerprint-based solutions. The Windows Biometric Framework also makes it easier for developers to include biometrics in their applications by providing a common API that can be added independently with each biometric fingerprint solution. For a more in-depth look at the Windows Biometric Framework check out this whitepaper from Windows Hardware Developer Central.
This week at CES 2009, we have several key partners announcing support for the Windows Biometric Framework in Windows 7.
With tens of millions of notebooks in the market with UPEK fingerprint sensors, UPEK has worked closely with us on the development of the Windows Biometric Framework and sees strong value in using applications that support fingerprint biometrics through the Windows Biometric Framework. If your laptop uses a UPEK fingerprint sensor, such as my Lenovo X300, you can download the pre-release Protector Suite software here which utilizes the Windows Biometric Framework in the Windows 7 Beta today. Iím currently testing it out myself and its pretty slick! Rob Blau, UPEKís Vice President of Development, talks more about UPEKís support for Windows 7 here in their press release (Word Document).
AuthenTec has also worked closely with us on the development of the Windows Biometric Framework. They are providing beta test participants with access to software that enable convenient logon for Windows 7-based PCs, thanks to AuthenTec fingerprint sensors integrated with the new Windows Biometric Framework. You can download their 32-bit software here and their 64-bit software here. AuthenTec fingerprint sensors can be seen in business and consumer notebooks from the worldís leading brands from ASUS, Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung and Toshiba. Andy VanDamia, AuthenTecís Director of PC Software, discusses working with us on the Windows Biometric Framework here.
And Validity believes the Windows Biometric Framework facilitates greater adoption of fingerprint security solutions by providing a flexible platform, enabling easy fingerprint sensor integration into PCs.
The early adoption and readiness by these companies has played a vital role in validating the suitability of the Windows Biometric Framework as a platform for fingerprint biometric devices in Windows 7.
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|08 Jan 2009||#2|
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UPEK, Inc. is the global leader in enterprise and consumer biometric fingerprint solutions. UPEK authentication hardware and software are integrated into laptops from the world's largest PC makers, as well as USB flash drives, external hard disk drives, and mobile phones from leading manufacturers. For more info, visit Welcome To UPEK - Security Made Simple.
UPEK is working closely with Microsoft to develop its biometric software alongside Windows 7 development. UPEK will support solutions embedded in future Windows 7-based notebooks, as well as within millions of existing UPEK enabled notebooks and Eikon USB peripherals that will support Windows 7. UPEK believes the Windows Biometric Framework will drive the adoption of fingerprint biometrics among Windows users and will increase the number of applications leveraging biometric technology. UPEK looks forward to working with interested Microsoft development partners to further extend the reach of biometrics in consumer and commercial applications.
Thanks to the close cooperation with Microsoft UPEK is able to provide the biometric software Preview version for download already today.
The package available on this page is the first UPEK application software supporting the new Microsoft Windows Biometric Framework introduced in Windows 7.
This Preview version is provided for users interested in evaluating the new Microsoft WBF technology.
This Preview version supports only a subset of UPEK fingerprint devices. Laptops with integrated fingerprint sensors based on TCS4 sensor only solution are not supported. The support will be added in the next version. All fingerprint readers and laptops with integrated fingerprint modules (based on TCD4x, TCD50) are supported. (All Eikon readers are supported). Click here to learn how to verify if your device is supported... LICENSE AGREEMENT:
By downloading and using the software provided on this page the user agrees with the UPEK End User License Agreement.
Please refer to the full End User License Agreement document here.
via Welcome To UPEK - Support - Customer Support - Preview UPEK biometric software for Windows 7 (32bit) (x86 version)
Welcome To UPEK - Support - Customer Support - Preview UPEK biometric software for Windows 7 (64bit) (x64)
UPEK biometric software for Windows 7
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