UV tech for safer fingerprint access control

04 November 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202021059

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IDECO Biometrics has introduced an ultraviolet disinfection (UV) device for the safe use of touch-based fingerprint readers.

CEO Marius Coetzee said Steri-C is easily mountable on existing fingerprint readers and has no adverse impact on the normal operations or accuracy of the fingerprint reader. “It offers fast and effective UV irradiation for optimal destruction of all known microorganisms, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19.”

He added that the use of UV-C as a disinfectant was supported by decades of scientific research and has been used for disinfection with applications in water treatment, air systems and surfaces. “UV light is able to achieve thorough disinfection far quicker than the other traditional methods, it is highly effective in destroying viruses, bacteria and fungal spores.”

Netcare also recently introduced Xenex Pulsed Xenon UV disinfection robot, a germ-zapping robot to take the war on 'superbugs' to a new level. The robot emits UV-C spectrum light, which destroys the DNA of bacteria, viruses and fungi to neutralise them and prevent them from replicating.

Coetzee said the device was ideal to make biometric readers COVID-19 safe and maintain normal biometric operations during high risk periods. "It is the perfect solution for improving hygiene and to limit contamination. Steri-C has been designed for fast and effective operations, ready to be integrated into your existing fingerprint readers."

The device can be retrofitted to most fingerprint readers available on the market. Disinfection is triggered immediately after every use of the fingerprint reader. It boasts built-in intelligence to automatically detect when the biometric terminal has been used.

"Clients don't have to disable their existing biometric equipment or purchase costly touch-free biometric readers.”

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