Datastrip's DSVerify2D Becomes the First Portable ID Card Reader To Support HID iCLASSTM Contactless Smart Cards

Washington, D.C., October 1, 2003 — Datastrip announced today that it is adding support for HID's iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology to its DSVerify2D handheld ID card reader, becoming the first iCLASS-compatible hardware device that can be used to perform identity verification services in environments requiring a portable solution.

The 3.5-pound Datastrip reader can decode iCLASS access cards, biometric templates that may be stored on the cards, and even two-dimensional bar codes affixed to the cards' surface in one step, while simultaneously matching a live fingerprint or other biometric to the stored template for one-to-one identity verification. Decoding and biometric matching can be completed in 4 seconds or less per user, depending on the matching algorithm.

Potential applications include trucking company docks, military bases, and other manned physical access control points where there is no doorway to accommodate a stationary reader. In cases where cardholders drive through the checkpoint, the occupant will not even need to get out of the vehicle because the Datastrip unit is both lightweight and wireless. The contactless iCLASS smart card technology also eliminates the need to swipe the card through the reader, reducing wear and tear on both the card and the unit.

The Datastrip reader can also be configured to operate with HID's proximity card technology, providing a portable decoding solution for the millions of proximity-based access cards in circulation.

"Our channel partners are seeing a rising demand from their customers for mobile identity verification, and the Datastrip DSVerify2D offers a solution that is both robust and versatile," said Mark Scaparro, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, HID Corporation. "With the ability to use the Datastrip reader with our iCLASS cards, end users now have their choice of stationary access control, portable access control, or both."

"The addition of iCLASS contactless smart card technology to our DSVerify2D reader broadens the suite of technologies we offer to expedite the processing of identity documents in mobile environments," said Charles Lynch Jr., Datastrip Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "By integrating multiple technologies in one compact unit, we are supplying the market with a complete solution that is fast, accurate, and able to meet the decoding needs of virtually any ID card application."

The DSVerify2D can read contact and contactless smart chips, 2D bar codes, and optical character recognition data found on access control cards, passports, health cards, national ID cards, driver's licenses and other identity documents, and perform on-the-spot one-on-one fingerprint, facial and/or iris verification at the same time.

The basic unit incorporates a high-speed 600 dpi color scanner for reading passports and other identity documents, a built-in color LCD for display of photographs and text, a contact smart card reader, an optical fingerprint scanner that is used to match a live fingerprint with a fingerprint biometric, and a PCMCIA slot that can be used for radio frequency ID cards. Optional support for HID proximity, iCLASS or other contactless smart cards and/or facial and iris recognition can be incorporated in the same form factor.

In addition to permitting identity verification by visual comparisons of the cardholder and the card information, the DSVerify2D allows decoded information and biometric templates to be sent wirelessly to a database for a 1:N search.

The product can be used as a standalone, off-line device, eliminating the need for an external database as well as reducing costs and helping to protect users' privacy; or as part of a PC-based solution utilizing serial, USB and PCMCIA interfaces. It can also run custom applications such as remote fingerprint capture while supporting fingerprint matching from multiple AFIS and biometric technology providers.

The integration of HID's iCLASS technology on Datastrip's DSVerify2D was announced at the National Summit on Security that opened today in Washington, D.C.

About Datastrip
Datastrip is a leading provider of 2D bar code software, hardware and biometric verification devices, including the 2D Superscript high-density bar code Software Developers Kit (SDK); the DSVerify2D handheld integrated bar code, smart card, passport and fingerprint reader; and the PCRead2D reader for decoding 2D bar codes on a PC. Datastrip and its integration partners provide total solutions for production of ID cards, passports, national ID cards, driver's licenses, voter registration cards, health cards, financial cards, birth certificates and other identity documents, as well as biometric verification systems. For more information, visit