HID Global adds fingerprint biometrics for real-world conditions to its Signo Readers — with spoof prevention

by Brianna Crandall — July 26, 2021 — HID Global, a worldwide provider of identity solutions, recently announced its HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B that is designed to capture and read fingerprints in real-world applications and conditions.

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HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B uses multispectral imaging technology to deliver consistent read performance regardless of environmental or skin conditions. Image courtesy HID Global

What’s new: The reader is the latest addition to the company’s signature line of HID Signo Readers and adds an API for integration with access control software solutions from HID partners. This enables a single point of biometric template enrollment through an access control system; these templates can then be pushed to all connected devices simultaneously.

Why it matters: The new solution brings HID’s award-winning biometrics technology to the HID Signo Reader platform. It reliably reads fingerprints of all types, including those that are hard-to-read where people have wet, dry, dirty or worn fingerprints. With the company’s patented multispectral imaging technology, the HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B captures fingerprint images from both the surface and the sub-surface of the skin, reportedly delivering consistent read performance regardless of environmental or skin conditions. “Liveness” detection capabilities also prevent spoof attempts leveraging fake fingers or latent fingerprints.

Key features:

  • Highly versatile — Flexibility to deploy multiple authentication modes, including biometric fingerprint and contactless physical and mobile credentials, with a single reader platform
  • High-level performance — Biometric fingerprint match reliability with patented multispectral imaging sensor that reads the subdermal layer of the skin for better accuracy
  • Connected to the future — Easily configure and manage in the field with HID Biometric Manager or API integration, including support for software upgrades over the network

The HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B supports a variety of popular contactless credential technologies including Seos, iCLASS SE, iCLASS, MIFARE (Card Serial Number) and HID Mobile Access virtual credentials. Each device supports Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth out of the box.

The reader is paired with the web-based HID Biometric Manager software that performs configuration and management of the reader, including firmware updates over the network. In addition, the software enables enrollment of the user’s fingerprint credentials for use with the different biometric authentication modes 1:1 verification and 1:N identification.

HID Signo Readers create a new industry benchmark for the most adaptable, interoperable, and secure approach to access control. The readers dramatically simplify system deployment and management, meet the advanced security requirements of today’s dynamic environments and set organizations up for smarter, more connected access control. For ultimate versatility, HID Signo Readers are interoperable with over a dozen physical and mobile credential technologies so organizations can use their technology of choice and easily migrate to the latest solutions at their own pace. Additionally, with support for Apple’s Enhanced Contactless Polling (ECP) to enable Student IDs in Apple Wallet, HID Signo is driving the next wave of flexibility and convenience with mobile access.

For more information on the HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B, visit the HID Global website. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 4,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. An ASSA ABLOY Group brand, HID Global works with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses, and innovative companies worldwide.