Keyware Technologies Inc’s LBV (layered biometrics verification) Internet Toolkit will allow software providers to add biometric voice and fingerprint authentication to traditional security applications that protect Internet servers. Keyware is targeting system integrators and VARs (value-added resellers) who deal with e-commerce applications requiring high levels of security. Customers might also include PKI (public-key infrastructure) vendors who want to increase the security of their products. The LBV software can integrate several biometric identification features into an application, and is compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 and higher and with Microsoft’s Information Server. One area where the tool kit could be used is for enhancing security for Internet banking. A bank, contracting with an ASP (application service provider), could require biometric verification for a high-value transaction over the Internet. A vendor seeking to wire money using the Internet would go to the bank’s Web page, fill out the required information and submit the transaction. If the transaction were for a high value, the bank would decide it needs biometric verification and automatically send a message to the Keyware LBV server requesting that the vendor speak a passphrase and use the fingerprint scanner. The LBV server would then verify the passphrase and the fingerprint and notify the bank if the request is accepted or rejected. No biometric templates leave the Keyware server, keeping them away from possible public access, according to Keyware. Pricing begins at US$4,550 for the LVB Internet Toolkit with LVB Server. Keyware Technologies can be at http://www.keyware.com/.
Prices listed are in US currency.