Companies create smallest Appendix F (App F) certified fingerprint scanner, the Watson-Mini

September 18, 2012

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SPARTANBURG, S.C., Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Integrated Biometrics (IB), a market leader in fingerprint biometric technologies, is pleased to announce that its partnership with Raptor Identification Systems (Raptor ID) has resulted in the creation of the world's smallest Appendix F (App F) certified fingerprint scanner, the Watson-Mini. Raptor ID was in need of a small, lightweight, durable, App F certified fingerprint scanner for their flagship product, the RaptorPad(TM). IB's market presence, patented LES fingerprint scanning technology and willingness to work directly with Raptor ID's engineering team made them the clear choice for new product development.

The RaptorPad(TM) is a fully capable handheld Biometrics enrollment tool, custom designed and built for operation in some of the harshest and most demanding environments. Due to the small form factor and rugged nature of the Raptorpad (TM), no existing fingerprint scanner met its demanding specifications.

Integrated Biometrics engineers took a hands on approach and worked directly with Raptor ID to develop the new Watson-Mini. The Watson-Mini is an ultra-low profile, lightweight and rugged two-finger roll scanner that utilizes IB's patented Light Emitting Sensor (LES) technology. Unlike optical fingerprint scanners, it works reliably in direct sunlight and is the world's first non-optical Appendix F certified biometric fingerprint reader.

"Raptor ID approached us with the significant challenge of developing a much smaller version of our popular Watson fingerprint scanner," said Steve Thies, CEO of Integrated Biometrics. "Our respective teams worked quite well together and the effort really paid off. The RaptorPad(TM) can now fulfill the mission it was designed for with the integration of the Watson-Mini."

The RaptorPad(TM), equipped with the Watson-Mini brings a new level of capability to personnel in the field. Featuring the best of today's commercially available biometric enrollment and communications technologies in a handheld form factor, the RaptorPad(TM) is at the forefront of identification technologies. The ruggedized Android-based tablet was designed from the ground up to be intuitive and easy to use for the operator while also maintaining status as the industry's most innovative and cost effective solution.

"Integrated Biometrics' track record at moving product through the certification process was a strong attractor for us. As a company with a rapid lifecycle product development approach, we jumped at the opportunity to partner with an established leader in the field that could keep pace," said Jeff Schott, Raptor ID's President and CFO.

"Their willingness to adapt their technology to our specific needs and work with us to develop an optimal solution made them an ideal choice for this and future collaborations."

About Integrated Biometrics

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, Integrated Biometrics was founded in 2002 as an alternative solution to the commonly used optical and silicon technologies.

Our stable and proven team, work with our patented technologies to create unique benefits and provide solutions that overcome the limitations of other biometric technologies. With facilities in South Korea and South Carolina, Integrated Biometrics continues to grow as a leading global provider of biometric solutions.

We "integrate biometric" sensors into applications and solutions. We realize the importance of our partnerships and are committed to providing the best biometric solution available to our customers. As part of our integration process, we work with your company to bring our technology to your products and applications.

About Raptor ID

Raptor ID was formed in 2009, dedicated to producing universally compatible handheld biometric tools with integrated communications, ruggedized for any mission, anywhere. We've partnered with top cellular communications and biometric industry leaders to develop Consumer Offer the Shelf (COTS) products that are state of the art, yet also the most cost effective solutions available.

We utilize a constantly evolving roadmap that keeps our products in sync with the best that the biometric and communications industries have to offer.

Our products all use an open platform so you can run or develop any software in

Android(TM) to be compatible with most any network without being handcuffed to proprietary technologies. As a COTS provider of equipment, we offer the same per unit pricing to everyone. With Raptor-ID, it's not just a new and evolving line of products, it's an entirely new way of doing business.

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