The fingerprint lock that can’t be fooled

Forget fumbling for your keys, the easiest way to enter your house is at the press of a button.

A new fingerprint access technology designed to eliminate access cards, keys and codes has been designed by Australian security firm Bio Recognition Systems.

Dubbed “BioLock”, the technology has spent four years in development, and recently won the “Most Innovative Security Product” award at the Annual Security Summit in California.

BioLock is weatherproof, operates in temperatures from -18C to 50C and is the world’s first fingerprint access control system. It uses radio frequency technology to “see” through a finger’s skin layer to the underlying base fingerprint, as well as the pulse, beneath.

“This means the movie technique of chopping off someone’s finger can’t be used. That won’t work as there is no pulse,” CEO Jim Stamatelos told theage.com.au.

“And if you are held at gunpoint, you can tap two or three times. The system recognises the tapping as a stress signal and an alarm will be (secretly) set off, while still allowing access,” Stamatelos says.

“We’ve made it slick, sexy and easy to use.”

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