Ingersoll Rand and A4Vision Provide the Future of Access Control for Banks

Pictet & Cie Banquiers, a private Swiss bank, is installing a one-of-a-kind access control system which - requiring no identity cards or keys - provides the highest security level to both employees and customers by combining different biometric verification methods.

Oct 10, 2006 - Stuttgart/Geneva, October 10, 2006. As the main contractor, Swiss Interflex AG, a business of the Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies sector, is implementing a biometrics project in Geneva that is one-of-a-kind in the world. Interflex has delivered what Pictet & Cie Banquiers, one of the renowned Swiss banks, wanted most – the installation of an access control system that operates completely without ID cards, keys or PIN technology to enable secure access for about 1,500 employees to the bank’s new building. Eliminating the risk of tokens and keys being lost, stolen or misused, Pictet & Cie Banquiers’ system uses only biometric verification methods in a project that combines components supplied by unique specialists. At present, sub-contractors are installing 3D face and iris recognition systems as well as so-called speed gates at the new building. Speed gates are a new type of access gate that provide higher flow rates and more user-friendly access. In addition, a vehicle access control system identifying vehicles by their license plates is installed at the entrance/ exit points in the parking facility. Combining biometric methods, such as 3D face recognition and iris scan within the security concept, to verify a person’s identity, ensures that only authorized persons may enter the bank building through existing entrances and which allow access to the passages that link secure areas inside the building. The speed gates ensure that there is no delay or holdup at the gates during peak times, especially in the morning when most of the 1,500 employees enter the building.

Interflex integrates all these components into a comprehensive security system operating on the IF-6020-Security software solution from Interflex. Thus, biometrics control not only access to the building, but also employee time and attendance records. A4Vision’s 80 biometric 3D face recognition readers have been applied to physical access and time and attendance recording. A4Vision’s advanced 3D facial recognition system directs structured, invisible light onto a subject’s face to create a facial grid of 40,000 measurable data points. The system performs multiple facial scans and comparisons against a database of stored images and corresponding data, performing accurate identification at sub-second speeds, from which authorized persons are confirmed for access. A4Vision’s 3D facial readers secure entrance areas of the bank in combination with other security components of the installation.

The entrances to sensitive areas of the building are secured with anti-tailgating devices. They provide unmanned and automatic monitoring and management of access to high security areas. These intelligent access locks are controlled by Fastcom’s SMACS video analysis system to provide high security access control. The system ensures that only the authorized person enters and is not accompanied by anyone else, while offering greater flexibility and user comfort than classical mechanical solutions. This versatile mantrap control system is widely used to secure banks, datacenters and government agencies.

Recognitec is responsible for the license plate recognition component of the security system design. A video surveillance system provided ensures real-time recording of all vehicles’ license plates as they approach or leave the bank’s parking lot. The surveillance system monitors both access to parking areas as well as to service delivery areas. The Security Manager enables bundling, operating, controlling and monitoring of all data and video images captured at a central location. The software installed on the host system verifies and authorizes identified vehicles, comparing them with reference data stored in the system’s databases.

Gunnebo Deutschland GmbH provides the speed gates that open within a split-second to grant access, if an identified person is authorized by. Upon completion of the project, speed gates will be installed on virtually all employee entrances/ exits. With the realization of this project that delivers complete access without badges and keys, Pictet & Cie Banquiers are established as pioneers and innovators of security concepts. The implementation of the project furnishes proof that biometric security not only represents adequate solutions for high security applications but are also suited to meet daily access control requirements. This project demonstrates the future of biometrics. Background Information

About Interflex

Interflex Datensysteme GmbH & Co. KG, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, offers complete solutions for time and production management, security systems including card production, biometrics as well as personnel scheduling. With more than 14,000 system installations managing more than 4.5 million employees, Interflex is the market leader in Europe. In 2005 (valuation as of December 31), 500 employees achieved 66 million euros in revenue (including Astrum-HR). The German company based in Stuttgart operates worldwide and supports its customers at 35 business locations in 12 countries. Founded in 1976, Interflex has been a business unit of Ingersoll Rand since 2000. Further information can be found on the company's website at Renowned companies, authorities and hospitals at home and abroad are among our customers: Deutsche Bank, Behr Group, Bertelsmann, Festo, Roche, the German Federal Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs, Henkel, the Hamburg Airport, Blohm & Voss, Motorola Germany, Brose, Carl Zeiss, Volkswagen, Weishaupt, and the Continental AG. Interflex is a business of Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited, an industrial conglomerate and a leading innovation and solutions provider for the global markets in the Security Technologies, Climate Control Technologies, Industrial Technologies und Construction Technologies sector. Further information is provided on the company’s web site at

About A4Vision
A4Vision has recently been acquired by Bioscrypt (BYT.T), a leading provider of enterprise access control technologies. The combined entities will be the only organization capable of offering a converged physical and logical solution that supports both finger and 3D face biometrics as authentication techniques for access control. More details about this and other corporate information can be found at

Bioscrypt is an enterprise access control solution provider, enabling the unification of physical and logical access with its Door to Desktop® products. Bioscrypt’s hardware and software solutions deliver strong authentication processes to facilities, equipment, IT networks and computer applications and allow organizations to administer unified identities across the enterprise. Building on its proven expertise in biometric technology and its unique multi-factor authentication platform,

Bioscrypt integrates all major secure authentication standards, transforming how organizations are bridging the gap between physical and logical access to create secure working environments. More information is available at

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