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.
Police have been investigating a spate of thefts across the north
Police have issued a warning to householders to secure their properties after a spate of thefts and break-ins across the north. A number of incidents were reported in the Inverness, Kirkhill and North Kessock areas in the last weekend alone. Officers have also dealt with a growing number of possible crimes of dishonesty in the last few weeks across the Highlands.
Incidents have included break-ins and attempted break-ins to houses as well as thefts of equipment from within vehicles. Senior police figures have now issued a warning and advice to people to make sure they are on the front foot to help prevent them becoming a victim of crime. Chief Inspector Ian Graham, area commander for Inverness, said steps that could be taken are as simple as making sure all windows and doors are securely locked.
He said: Across the Highlands we are fortunate in having a relatively low reported rate of vehicle thefts and associated crimes; however, this does not leave room for complacency for police or drivers.
Unfortunately there s been a number of reports of break-ins to vehicles and homes across the area recently so it is important communities remain vigilant to suspicious activity and take steps to secure their vehicles and belongings.
Often vehicles are left unlocked, handing the ideal opportunity to a would-be thief.
In addition to thoroughly investigating all crimes reported, we are committed to keeping communities safe by advising how best we can all secure our vehicles and property, reducing the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
If you discover that your car has been broken into our advice would be to contact the police to report it straight away before you touch or drive the vehicle.
This will increase the chances of recovering forensic evidence from the vehicle itself. Ch Insp Graham said thefts from houses and vehicles are often linked to serious crimes such as the trade of illegal drugs. He added: Community intelligence is vital to our inquiries so we are thankful for ongoing assistance from the public in reporting potentially suspicious activity.
It s important not to present as an easy target by considering improvements to security around your home and outbuildings and letting police know about any suspicious persons or vehicles, regardless of how insignificant you think it may be .
Any information provided by the public is greatly appreciated and may lead to the final piece of a jigsaw that allows for a successful prosecution.
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