MAY 24--Imagis Technologies Inc. (www.imagistechnologies.com) has entered into a license agreement with Zixsys Inc. (Japan; www.semic.sanyo.co.jp/index_e.htm), a subsidiary of SANYO Semiconductor Company. Under the agreement, Imagis has granted a worldwide, nonexclusive license to Zixsys to use Imagis' ID-2000 advanced biometric facial-recognition software to design, manufacture, and market highly secure products for access control, public protection in and around airports, passenger identification, and employee identification.
"The agreement between Imagis and Zixsys is the beginning of a new era of biometric products that we believe will lead the market by addressing the security needs of various industries," said Iain Drummond, president and CEO of Imagis. Zixsys' first product using Imagis biometrics is ID Controller, which provides multilayered security in the form of facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics, plus added compression and encryption of data.
In consideration for licensing the Imagis software, Zixsys has agreed to pay Imagis a licensing fee and certain royalties based upon the level of sales generated. The license agreement has a 10-year term.
ID Controller integrates Imagis facial recognition software, ID-2000, Sanyo's CCD camera with fingerprint sensor technology, and Intacta.Code compression and encoding technology, developed by Intacta Technologies Inc. (www.intacta.com). ID Controller confirms an identity by reading the fingerprint and facial details encoded on an individual's ID card and comparing them against the actual finger and face of the person who submitted the card, as read by a fingerprint reader and camera built into the access control unit. The hardware and software product, which is completely customizable, is used to safeguard environments where access control security is of utmost importance, such as airports, hotels, government buildings, large event venues, and industrial and office facilities.