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BIO-key(R) Granted Patent for Trusted Biometric Device Security Solution
Date:3/27/2009

Patent to Digitally Secure Private Data in Transit from Capture Point Protects Privacy of Users While Enhancing Organizational Security

WALL, N.J., March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved the issuance of a patent titled "Trusted Biometric Device," which covers a simple, yet secure method of protecting a user's biometric information.

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This patent, (US Patent Number 7,502,938 issued March 10th, 2009) protects the privacy of the user and provides enhanced security for the organization performing the user identity authentication. It covers the transmission of information from the point the information is collected at the biometric reader until the data reaches the computer or device that is authenticating the user's identity. Previous BIO-key patents (including 7,454,624, 7,415,605, and 7,117,356) protect BIO-key's security solutions for transmission of private sensitive authentication data from the client device to a central server authentication point, defending enterprise or centralized authentication applications from security breaches. BIO-key's patents also support the use of standards including the Trusted Computing Platforms, which are embraced by security professionals worldwide.

For the majority of systems today, the biometric data is transmitted "in the clear" with no encryption or protection. As the result, the information is susceptible to malicious attacks from hackers for theft or redirection. Securing the information from the point where it is initially captured (the fingerprint reader) to the computer that is using this information to determine the identity of the user, is a major concern that must be addressed in all applications. This BIO-key solution patent further addresses this need which improves the resulting security of the system, while also offering greater privacy to the user.

"We recognize the need to address not only the privacy of the individual but the security of the total identity transaction. This is the latest in a series of patents granted to BIO-key that secure the biometric template, the communications of the template and the processes handling the identity transaction. It provides another layer of security for our highly accurate, scalable biometric identity solution," stated Mira LaCous VP Technology and Development at BIO-key International.

"With this patent, BIO-key continues to expand our biometric identity solution portfolio. We have the technology to protect the biometric identity transaction from end-to-end. This can be quickly and cost effectively adopted by fingerprint hardware manufacturers as well as commercial application providers that utilize 'remote' authentication. Applications for internet banking, retail and healthcare can easily implement this solution to provide a secure, accurate and convenient method to identify both customers & staff. By deploying this added feature, organizations can instill consumer confidence in the security and accuracy of their solution to attract new and existing customers to their applications that are accessed over the internet," added Mike DePasquale, BIO-key's Chief Executive Officer.

About BIO-key

BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key's mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key's high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 1,000 police departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for law enforcement. (http://www.bio-key.com)

    Company Contact:        BIO-key International, Inc.
                            Bud Yanak
                            732-359-1100


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