Keyware provides layered biometrics solution

Keyware Technologies Inc.'s layered biometrics solution is called the LBV (layered biometric verification) Framework. The LBV Framework is an open-architecture application program interface that integrates multiple biometric technologies into one system while also allowing you to employ nonbiometric authentication — such as public-key infrastructures, smart cards and digital certificates — for maximum protection.

The LBV Framework consists of the LBV Server, a middleware application; Biometric Guardians, which are plug-in engines and data capture tools such as Keyware's VoiceGuardian, FaceGuardian and FingerGuardian; development tools; and application toolkits.

LBV's layering gives your security system the flexibility to respond to unforeseen changes in the environment. That can be very important in real-life situations. Facial verification, for example, may not work under poor lighting conditions, and fingerprint scanning may not work if someone suffers a cut on the registered finger. With a choice of more than one biometric, authentication is possible even if a single biometric fails.

Keyware is also flexible in other ways. The solution is platform-agnostic and can integrate with virtually any current security system, including networks, physical access systems and notebook computers. Its authentication capabilities range from one password and one trial to multitrial, multipassword processes.

The LBV Server currently supports fingerprint, face and voice recognition, but it is also capable of working with other types of biometric technologies, such as iris scanning or retinal scanning.

Additionally, the LBV Framework features an Intelligent Decision Process. The IDP allows the system to self-learn by recomputing verification scores and combinations of scores. For example, if someone who is using voice verification catches a cold, the system will learn the changed voice.

Keyware also recently announced their LBV Internet Toolkit, a thin-client toolkit that enables software vendors to add layered biometric authentication to Internet security applications. The LBV Internet Toolkit uses the open architecture of Keyware's LBV Server. Since it does not have to be installed on an individual's PC, users can identify themselves with biometrics while on the road or at someone else's computer.

For more information about Keyware and its partners and resellers, call (781) 933-1311 or visit You may e-mail Keyware at


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