SchlumbergerSema, a business segment of Schlumberger Limited, announced that they were the recipients of the Product of the Year Award from BiometriTech.Â Â The SchlumbergerSema Cyberflex Access smart cards were the first Visa Open Platform JavaCard( 2.1 smart cards with cryptographic capabilities to make the Precise Biometrics’ Match-on-Card application possible in 2002, and the company is now the first to put this capability into the application-programming interface (API). The integration enables SchlumbergerSema to bring to market cards that use the owner’s fingerprint as identification authentication, and or in addition to, a personal identification number (PIN).
The system authenticates the user by matching the fingerprint to one digitally stored on the SchlumbergerSema smart card. Since this sensitive data is computed directly on the card without the need to rely on the availability or speed of a network for validation, the risk of the information being compromised is substantially eliminated. Authentication is directly accessed through the card’s API, improving the performance and allowing other card applications to easily use the function.
“Through the use of smart cards combined with a biometric ID system, cardholder identity can be verified more securely in both the physical and digital worlds,” stated Paul Beverly, vice president of smart cards and terminals, SchlumbergerSema, North America.Â “We are proud to accept this award and we will continue to deliver security products that reinforces our position as the technology leader in advanced multi-application smart cardsÂ ”
“The Product of the Year award is meant to recognize the innovation and outstanding development efforts of companies involved in the growth of the biometric industry.Â We believe the products honored are indicative of the promise this market has to offer,” said Laura Guevin, Editorial Director, BiometriTech(
SchlumbergerSema is one of two business segments of Schlumberger Limited, a global technology services company. SchlumbergerSema aggregates IT consulting, systems integration, managed services and related products to the energy (oil & gas and utilities), telecommunications, finance, transport and public sector markets.Â Leveraging the Schlumberger DeXa* Suite of Services, it also provides IP network connectivity, information security solutions, distributed computing support services and data center hosting services.Â In 2002, Schlumberger revenues were $13.5 billion. For more information, visit [www.slb.com].
*Biometrics is the technical analysis of biological data for verifying a person’s identity.