June 29, 1998 in Social Responsibility News

Fingerprint-Recognition Keyboards Commenced Production

Samsung Electro-Mechanics recently commenced production of its 'Fingerprint Recognition Keyboard' which allows operation of a PC unit only after the user's fingerprint has been recognized.
More secure than existing PCs which require a password for access, this keyboard prevents unauthorized use by allowing operation only after identifying the user's fingerprint.

During the initial stage of development, the fingerprint recognition module was separated from the keyboard unit due to its size. However, Samsung has since succeeded in reducing the size of the module by 1/3 so that the fingerprint recognition module can now be integrated with the keyboard.

In order to transmit the image of a scanned fingerprint at high speed, Samsung utilized a USB (Universal Serial Bus) hub keyboard which can accommodate a speed of 12-Mbps.

As the keyboard adopts USB protocol, the PC unit is required to be a WIN '95 OSR-2 version and compatible with an installed USB drive. A hub integrated into the keyboard accommodates four additional in/out ports.


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