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Fujitsu and Softex Deliver a Single Solution for Biometric Authentication and Password Management

Fujitsu Integrates Softex OmniPass Software into the Award Winning PalmSecure™ Biometric Authentication Device for Dual-Layer Identity Assurance

Fujitsu Computer Products of America

Sunnyvale, CA, September 25, 2006

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, and Softex Incorporated, a market leader in biometric/smart card enabled security software, today announced that the Fujitsu PalmSecure™ biometric authentication device will be supported by Softex's OmniPass software application for environments that require dual-layer identity management and authentication for secure data access. With this powerful combination, a complete high-security biometric solution is now available for both client and enterprise level applications.

A leading provider of innovative security software products and solutions for computing devices, Softex has shipped over five million units of its OmniPass software worldwide. The OmniPass software easily integrates with biometric devices to manage passwords and secure data in a world where using only passwords for authentication is becoming less secure despite more stringent rules such as 90 day expirations as well as length and character requirements. Implementation of the software application allows for secured login and encryption and decryption of files, all without needing passwords.

With the integration of the OmniPass software alongside the high degree of security of vein pattern recognition, the PalmSecure sensor will be effectively positioned as a key component in the healthcare, government, and financial industries where strict regulations demand the latest in data protection and authentication.

"OmniPass is a powerful tool to help manage passwords and identities," said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. "With OmniPass, the adoption of our PalmSecure sensor is expected to grow beyond our already successful international deployments to banks, universities, hospitals and private residences."

The PalmSecure/OmniPass solution creates more secure environments by requiring users to prove their identity using their palm vein pattern. First, the users register their vein pattern against their access credentials where identities can be tracked and mapped to their provisioned applications. Subsequent scans are compared to the registered pattern and when a match is made, access is granted.

"Passwords have inherent vulnerabilities when they aren’t part of an overall security strategy," said Gregg S. Philipson, vice president, sales, Softex Incorporated. "For example, when a single password that is used for multiple applications is discovered, several doors open at once. Shared passwords can be compromised and long passwords can be difficult to remember. As a result, managing isolated password-based security programs that are not tied to an overall strategy are creating an increasing cost burden with diminishing results."

The Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric authentication device offers a contactless, hygienic and non-invasive means to authenticate identity by leveraging each person’s unique palm vein architecture. The sensor works by capturing a near-infrared image of the palm vein pattern. The proprietary algorithm takes this data, converts it into a digitized biometric template, and then matches it against a pre-registered template.

Softex’s OmniPass software is a PC client application that can be used by consumers and enterprises to securely login to websites and applications (SSO) as well as protect data on a PC. It can also be used to secure e-mail, VPN and certificate private key access. The OmniPass software supports multiple authentication devices and can be configured for multifactor authentication using a variety of authentication devices connected to the PC. The enterprise can implement a certain security strategy today, for example biometrics or smart cards, but as an enterprise grows and business requirements change, support for new devices, such as Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chips or custom tokens, can be easily added.

The pairing of the PalmSecure sensor and the OmniPass software builds on the existing relationship between the two companies. Softex also supplies the software used for the fingerprint sensors in Fujitsu laptops and tablet PCs.

The Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric device can be connected directly to the USB port of a notebook PC, or embedded into desktop PC keyboards. The new Fujitsu PalmSecure/OmniPass product offering will be available in the fourth quarter of 2006.

About Softex Incorporated

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Softex has become a leading provider of computer security products and services. Softex serves many of the top tier OEM companies, such as Lenovo International, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Fujitsu, Motion Computing, Tatung, NEC-Packard Bell and Samsung, as well as many hardware vendors such as American Power Conversion, Targus and Fellowes. Softex is also a "Trusted Partner" of Phoenix Technologies for BIOS related software development and licensing.
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Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.
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Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in Sunnyvale, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America currently offers products and services including scanners and scanner maintenance, hard disk drives, Magneto-Optical drives, palm vein recognition technology and 10Gb Ethernet switches. Fujitsu Computer Products of America is located at 1255 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-746-7000.
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Date: September 25, 2006
City: Sunnyvale, CA
Company: Fujitsu Computer Products of America