May 19, 2011 13:51 ET

AMREL's Solid-State Multimodal Biometric Module

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - American Reliance, Inc. (AMREL), announced a new solid-state, multimodal, biometric module utilizing the Vista ViCAM(R) III Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC). This durable, light-weight biometric module makes use of a single-circuit ASIC to support:

  • Dual iris image capture by a single high-resolution glass lens and with one shot
  • 2 finger/rolled electroluminescent sensor that is SAP 45 - Appendix F compliant
  • Quality facial images even in low light environments
  • Voice capture/recognition

"Our biometric module was based on information gathered from the Army's Biometric Task Force as well as end-user feedback from events, such as TNT & BFEX Field Experimentation," explained Richard Lane, Vice President of AMREL. "It was clear that warfighter and Homeland Security professionals need a small, rugged, and power-thrifty biometric solution."

A key to developing this tough, energy-efficient biometric module was Vista Imaging's ViCAM III Digital Imaging Engine. Utilizing the single ASIC circuit enabled a significant reduction in moving parts; an important consideration when operating in cold weather and remote locations where repair is difficult. The integrated functionality allows the biometric module to be a compact, easily transportable unit. In addition, the efficiency of the single circuit design extends battery life, a critical issues for warfighters, who may carry up to 35 pounds of batteries on a typical mission.

"This solid-state biometric module reflects AMREL's extensive experience in building mobile, rugged, solutions," states Mr. Lane. "Not only does it meet MIL-STD 810G, but it's fully field-expedient. In other words, this module can be added or removed from a computer platform by non-specialist personnel using ordinary tools in just minutes."

Mr. Lane noted that AMREL's popular Flexpedient® Solutions have successfully used similar application modules for command & control of unmanned systems, targeting solutions, communications, as well as toxic & explosive gas detection.

For more information, contact Richard Lane at (626) 993 7387 or

American Reliance, Inc. (AMREL) uses their well-known ROCKY rugged, mobile, computing platforms to design and manufacture customized, interoperable solutions. Combat-proven AMREL computers are independently certified for MIL-STDs 810/461. AMREL's patent-pending Flexpedient® Solutions employ field-expedient swappable modules to enable one computer to run multiple applications.

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