News Briefs, March 2014

March 3, 2014

Zwipe - The  Next Evolution of ID Card

Zwipe will introduce its new, next-generation biometric card, a contactless smart card credential with on-card fingerprint reading, at the ISC West Exhibition April 2-4.

The Zwipe biometric card quickly reads the user’s fingerprint in less than a second. Eliminating the problems of solely deploying PINs and standard cards, the wirelessly powered Zwipe biometric card lets users authenticate themselves directly on the card through something they are, a fingerprint. Only then will the card system activate the lock. This is much more secure than simply using a standard card, which verifies only something they carry, the card.

The on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology resides on the contactless smart card which has universal compatibility with all ISO 14443 readers, including aptiQ, iCLASS SE and other leading brands. The Zwipe biometric card is DESFIRE EV1 and MIFARE Classic compatible. Without having to change out the existing readers, the biometric card provides an easy, low cost way for organizations to provide a biometric upgrade to access control systems using smart card readers or multi-technology readers that also read smart cards.

“This is a natural evolution of the ID card,” emphasizes Kim Humborstad, CEO of Zwipe. “ID cards have evolved from the barcode to magnetic stripe to proximity to smart and, now, to biometrics on the card. No longer do organizations need to worry if someone not authorized to enter is using another person’s ID card. With the biometric directly on the card, they can be assured that the only people getting in are those authorized to do so.”

The biometric card is more secure to use than other available ID and authentication solutions on the market today. The fingerprint data is captured by the on-card fingerprint scanner and is thereafter encrypted and stored only inside the card. No exchange of data is conducted with external systems. This provides secure template management since the fingerprint never leaves the card. It also eliminates user concerns with privacy issues. The card is unique to the user and only the authorized card holder can activate card communication with the reader.

When a positive match occurs, the Zwipe biometric card will activate encrypted communication with the lock or reader in the same way as other ISO 14443 contactless smart cards.

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Barcode Labels Simplify Lockout Safety Compliance

Master Lock® Safety Solutions™ has added HF RFID/Barcode labels and Label Scan ID tags to its product lineup.  High Frequency RFID and barcode labels are an advanced electronic identification system that can be combined with Field ID™ safety Compliance software technology.  The innovative web based management solution employs mobile devices to automate equipment inspections and Lockout/Tagout procedures.

The main advantages of using barcodes and HF RFID tags are saving time and improving efficiency and traceability to lockout procedures.  Field ID software provides quick identification and helps minimize human error while creating an electronic audit trail.  The new HF RFID labels are programmed with a unique 16-digit code that cannot be duplicated and can be used with any Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled mobile device.  HF RFID barcodes feature an alphanumeric numbering system and can be used with a barcode reader, smart phone or tablet. 

The Label Scan Isolation Tag is manufactured from the same durable material as Master Lock’s popular Guardian Extreme™ signs and tags.  This ensures reliability with resistance to over 30 chemicals and is tested under rigorous conditions to ensure it can withstand harsh and extreme environments.

 “An HF RFID or Barcode label can be applied to procedure signs, isolation points or equipment for scanning purposes during an inspection or LOTO procedure.  An authorized worker can use an RFID reader, an NFC enabled tablet or smart phone to identify the type of equipment being scanned, including padlocks,” said Jessica Nelson, associate product manager for Master Lock.  “While Field ID allows users to create custom lockout procedures or inspections, our HF RFID or barcode labels can be used with any compatible software.”

The S150 Barcode labels are available in 100-packs, and the RFID with barcode label - S151 with plastic application or S152 with a plastic/metal application – come 25 to a pack.  For more information about Master Lock products, visit

Designed Security Wins Best New Product Award

Designed Security, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Detex Corporation, has been awarded the prestigious Best New Product Attendees’ Choice Award at the 2013 international security conference (ISC) East. The award recognizes DSI’s Slimline Series for its innovative solution for lobby access control.

Combining a sleek acrylic design with a turnstile barrier measuring less than seven inches wide, the Slimline enables more turnstiles to fit within today’s space-constrained lobbies. The programmable LCD display lets organizations or businesses customize the points of entry to meet their particular security needs.

The award winner was chosen from more than 30 new products and services entered in the program, which was established more than a decade ago to identify and showcase innovation in electronic security products and services.  Attendees based their decision on design, technology, functionality, cost, and market impact.

 “We’re very proud that DSI was chosen to receive this award,” said Ken Kuehler, Detex’s director of sales and marketing.  “It’s truly a new design approach for lobby security – with a slimmer design and technical efficiency.”

DSI has been a leader in manufacturing custom and standard state-of-the-art security and access control peripheral products for the corporate, commercial, government and institutional marketplace. To learn more about the DSI Slimline Series, visit

Online Product Selector for ASSA ABLOY Decorative Hardware

Corbin Russwin®, SARGENT®, and Yale® announced the first phase of their new Product Selector for architects, designers, and building owners. The new online tool features Corbin Russwin’s Muséo®and Vineyard™ Collections, SARGENT Studio Collection™ and Coastal Series™, and the Yale Commercial Reflections decorative hardware line. It allows users to mix and match decorative trim to find the right combination that best fits their aesthetic needs.

The Product Selector showcases hundreds of decorative lever, rosette, thumbturnand escutcheon options with a choice of mortise and tubular configurations. Currently it features two finishes, satin or bright chrome, with the balance of the architectural finishes to come in early 2014. Browsing available options is straightforward and easy, with expandable columns for each element.

The selectors are fast, platform-independent and mobile friendly, and can be easily viewed on an Apple®iPad® or tablet. Additionally, the active link can be bookmarked, emailed or printed for quick reference.

“The online Product Selector will allow architects and designers to fully envision which decorative trim complements their project best,” said Sandy Matheny, director of decorative openings, ASSA ABLOY. “This gives our customers hundreds of decorative hardware options.”

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Morse Watchmans Publishes Key Control Best Practices Whitepaper

Morse Watchmans, aleading supplier of key control and management systems, has published a whitepaper titled Best Practices Provide Best Value When Implementing Key Control and Asset Management Systems. The document, available on the Morse Watchmans website at, presents useful information for deploying key control and asset management solutions, such as designing and customizing a system, software add-ons and system integration, and an introduction to the technology.

“The challenge in today’s physical security market goes beyond simply adding new technology solutions. We need to ensure that the benefits and value of the technology are fully realized,” said Fernando Pires, VP sales and marketing, Morse Watchmans. “By capitalizing on the insights provided in this whitepaper, organizations can better adopt and utilize key management technology to realize decreased operational and financial risk.”

Key control and asset management technology is seeing significant growth across a broad range of applications, as it offers a reliable and cost effective method to improve building security by ensuring that facility keys are properly managed with regard to access, storage and tracking. The whitepaper introduces key control system solutions as an integral component of an overall security plan and helps guide users through an implementation.