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San Jose State University First To Implement Biometric Access Control

Natural Security is partnering with Spartan Shops
California, USA- April 5 2013- Natural Security has today announced a new partnership with US based Spartan Shops to implement biometric authentication at San Jose State University (SJSU) in California.

This first of its kind implementation will see SJSU students carrying a unique personal device or a mobile phone that uses biometric information stored on a secure element. Biometric authentication combined with mid-range contactless technology enables convenient and very fast access to the residential dining hall. Students will be able to enter the dining hall by simply placing a finger on a biometric reader situated at the entrance and without the need to handle or expose their personal device.

By design, the Natural Security solution meets the most stringent worldwide security standards to guarantee privacy and confidentiality of all personal data, including biometrics. The end-user biometric data is only stored in the personal device the user carries so it is always under their control.

Brian Mitchler from Spartan Shops added, "The decision to choose Natural Security technology is based on the security, speed and convenience benefits that the technology offers. With almost 2,500 unlimited-entry meal plan members at the University, we needed a more efficient system for authenticating students to access to the residential dining hall. The Natural Security authentication method improves security and will allow us to monitor access more effectively, improving internal processes."

Cédric Hozanne, CEO at Natural Security commented, "This authentication method is totally secure; as each device contains the students' unique biometric information it cannot be used by anyone else. This removes many of the usual issues surrounding security, for example impersonation, because of loss or theft."

The project is set to begin in July 2013 and its aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of the technology and collect feedback on usage experiences from the participants to feed into future projects.

Following a successful trial the new system will be rolled out to all 3,000 students accessing the residential dining hall. This same method of authentication may also be extended to other University areas such as access to premises, access to online resources or even transport. This means students will have less ID cards to carry and less passwords to remember, making daily life much simpler.

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About Natural Security

Natural Security is a pioneering provider of powerful authentication technology and member of the Biometrics Alliance Initiative and NACCU.

Through the combination of something a user has (a personal device such as a key fob, a mobile phone or a smart card) and something a user is (biometric data), Natural Security enables end-user to be reliably authenticated to execute both payment and non-payment transactions

Natural Security aspires to be synonymous with convenience, speed and security for secure transactions while at the same time guaranteeing both the protection and privacy of personal data.

Founded in 2008, Natural Security is headquartered in France, EuraTechnologies, Lille, a hub for technical innovation. Natural security supplies to key global sectors, including: payments, banking and retail.

Natural Security's stakeholders include banks (Banque Accord, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa), retailers (Auchan, Leroy Merlin) and manufacturers (Ingenico).

About Spartan Shops

Spartan Shops, Inc., a self-supporting Campus-benefit Auxiliary serving the San Jose State University community since 1956, provides retail and residential dining services to the SJSU Campus.

The Residential Dining Commons receives up to 7,000 distinct customer visits per day, operating continuously from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Monday-Thursday, and until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays-Sundays.