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National Registry Signs Licensing Deal With Who? Vision

National Registry Inc. said it signed a letter of intent to license a substantial number of its biometric software suites to Who? Vision Systems Inc., a provider of fingerprint authentication devices for e-commerce.

Expected to be finalized within 30 days, the multi-million dollar agreement (specifics were not disclosed) will mark the first major alliance to employ the recently announced Human Authentication Application Program Interface (HA-API) for enterprise and electronic commerce applications, the company said.

Irvine, CA-based Who? Vision Systems Inc. is a personal identification company that applies proprietary imaging technologies to create fingerprint authentication products. An XL Vision and Safeguard Scientifics partnership company, Who? Vision was formed in 1997 to develop and commercialize a breakthrough approach to fingerprint authentication.

National Registry's NRIdentity Secure Authentication Facility software suite delivers secure access control to a range of software platforms and network applications, including Microsoft Windows NT and Internet Information Server. Combined with Who? Vision's fingerprint hardware technology--TactileSense--the suite will provide end-to-end fingerprint security applications that are cost-effective and reliable, the companies said.

"NRI clearly offers the most comprehensive biometric authentication software suite available today," said Alex Dickinson, CEO of Who? Vision Systems. "We look forward to delivering a complete fingerprint security solution to broad commercial applications."

NRI provides biometric technology to verify individual identity; to protect business and personal information; and to replace passwords and PINs to safeguard and simplify access to electronic systems.