Bioscrypt’s Biometric Technology Secures New NASA Facility

State-of-the-art fingerprint scanning technology selected to control physical access for TSOC in San Diego

TORONTO, May 10 /PRNewswire/ – Bioscrypt Inc. (TSE:BYT), a leading provider of biometric authentication solutions, announced today that the Triana Science and Operations Center (TSOC), a NASA funded facility at the University of California in San Diego, is using Bioscrypt’s advanced biometric technology to control physical access and provide security for their operations.

In January 2001, TSOC, a part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, installed eight units of Bioscrypt’s V-Pass, one for every entry point and office. The facility uses the V-Pass readers in conjunction with door controllers to protect the offices and work areas of employees engaged in developing a leading edge Earth imaging spacecraft. The spacecraft will transmit data back to TSOC, where it will be processed to provide scientists throughout the world with new insights into how our planet’s climate works as an integrated system.

“TSOC interfaces directly with NASA computers, so security is very important,” said R.B. Smith, TSOC Operations Manager. “After extensive research, we decided that biometrics, especially fingerprint scanning technology, was our best security option and that Bioscrypt was the premiere provider.”

The V-Pass is a state-of-the-art biometric reader for physical access control installations. The reader eliminates the need for personal identification numbers (PINs), keys or cards to gain access to secure areas, by using highly secure fingerprint scanning technology. To gain access, the user simply places their finger on the reader and in less than one second the V-Pass confirms or denies access based on a database of fingerprints from authorized users. The V-Pass performs enrollment, identification and template storage for 200 users, all within a small ergonomic case.

“In addition to security, Bioscrypt’s V-Pass meets our other main need – ease of use,” continued Smith. “Several senior level University and NASA officials need access to our site. The last thing we wanted was for these individuals to search for pass cards or try to remember a PIN. It just wasn’t a sensible option. They need to come and go with minimal hassle. The V-Pass allows them access with a swipe of their finger and it is much more secure than using a pass card or PIN because those things can be loaned or shared – a fingerprint can’t.”

“More and more companies are looking to biometrics to provide high levels of physical access security,” said Pierre Donaldson, president and CEO, Bioscrypt Inc. “V-Pass ensures fast and easy fingerprint identification for access control – it takes less than one second – in a high security environment. No keys, cards or PINs are required. TSOC is the first customer to use V-Pass and a solid example of growing industry acceptance of biometrics.”

About Triana Science and Operations Centre (TSOC)

Triana Science and Operations Centre (TSOC) is a NASA funded facility built in June 2000 and is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). Triana is a mission dedicated to helping scientists construct more accurate models of Earth’s climate and answering a key Earth Science question– how solar radiation affects climate.

About Bioscrypt Inc.

Bioscrypt Inc. (TSE: BYT) is a leading provider of fingerprint-based biometric solutions to organizations requiring a high level of security for network, wireless and physical access. Bioscrypt provides strong authentication through the use of a robust pattern recognition algorithm that is used to bind a user’s credentials to their biometric, such as a fingerprint. Bioscrypt’s biometric solutions are designed to enhance end user convenience and reduce password management costs. Bioscrypt brands its technology as “bioscrypt on board(TM)”, which signifies that Bioscrypt Inc.’s high standards of biometric quality and security reside within that product. For more information on Bioscrypt, visit the Company’s Web site at

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