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Hi-tech fingerprint readers could soon be making their way to your home thanks to a North East biometrics firm.
Newcastle s1 Ievo develops cutting-edge technology, such as fingerprint readers, that are used by large businesses in their security systems. For years biometric technology has been viewed as futuristic, and only cost-effective for the large companies but a new deal will see Ievo s fingerprint tech incorporated into Texecom s home security control systems, making them more affordable to small businesses and members of the public. Once installed in a home, residents will be able to turn their house alarm on or off simply by using their finger.
Richard Forsyth, sales manager for Ievo, said: The key here is a blend of convenience and enhanced security for high end domestic and SME users.
Numeric code PINs and fobs can be lost, forgotten or stolen whilst a fingerprint, once registered, is unique to that authorised user . Once a person s fingerprint is enrolled, and this is a very simple process using the same reader, only that user can set or disable the alarm and peripherals.
Ievo Managing Director Shaun Oakes, in North Shields (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
The fingerprint readers use state-of-the-art technology that enables users to be identified even if their hands are covered in dust or grease. The control units can also be placed outside allowing alarms to be disabled before entering a property .
The ability to be used outside is also particularly useful at industrial and construction sites, where workers can be restricted from accessing certain areas of the premises. Mr Forsyth added that, since launching the partnership, Ievo is already seeing smaller companies take up the new system. He said: We re delighted to be working with an award-winning international leader in electronic security devices and see this integration as opening up a potentially huge market for smaller and domestic systems.
With the Texecom integration now available, we are already seeing an uptake from those who previously enquired about intruder alarm integration and single door access control.
The fingerprint readers are available as part of Texecom s Premier Elite Series of control panels, which can also be used to alert the police of a break-in.
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Extra security measures have been put in place ahead of South Tyneside s seafront concerts in the wake of recent terror atrocities.
The South Tyneside Festival1 is in full swing, after South Shields FC2 kicked off the Summer Parade with an open-top bus celebration of their historic quadruple on Saturday. Busted and Louisa Johnson are among the leading names headlining at Bents Park on the Sunday afternoon concerts throughout the month of July. Visitors are being advised in advance of extra security measures being adopted in a move to give them extra reassurances.
Bag searches will be carried out on entry, and visitors are encouraged to limit the amount of bags they bring. Councillor Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council3 with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: While we want visitors to enjoy themselves and have a wonderful experience at our summer events, we also want them to feel safe.
This is why we are putting some additional security measures in place.
However, we need the public to help us as we carry out this important work.
We know that people like to bring plenty of supplies and picnic items with them, particularly as they relax and enjoy the live music at our fabulous Sunday Concerts.
However, to speed up the entry process, we are appealing for visitors to keep the number of bags they bring to a minimum, and leave any sharp instruments at home.
We hope that these checks will give visitors extra reassurance that their safety remains a priority for us and we would like to thank people in advance for their patience and co-operation during this time. The additional security measures come following a comprehensive review of the events safety plans, carried out by South Tyneside Council in consultation with Northumbria Police in the wake of the Manchester and London terrorist attacks.
Additional staff will be in place to help visitors gain entry to the park as quickly as possible.