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By Rich Handley

HID Global Helps BigWise Add Fingerprint Biometric Authentication to POS Solution

HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, has enabled BigWise to provide biometrics functionality to its retail and restaurant customers. BigWise moved from concept to a pilot of its new biometric-enabled Stellar POS (point of sale) platform at a major customer within 30 days using HID's DigitalPersona Fingerprint Biometric solution.

"HID's fingerprint biometric solution significantly shortened our path for adding secure fingerprint biometric authentication services to our Stellar POS platform," said Jose Rivas, BigWise's founder and CEO, in a prepared statement. "We were able to move very quickly to give our customers valuable new capabilities for stopping internal theft and fraud while simplifying employee access to the POS terminal. We expect our lead customer to roll out this new biometric-enabled Stellar POS solution in their operations in the very near future and are excited about the product's broader market opportunities for us."

Utilizing the DigitalPersona biometric software development tools, BigWise added fingerprint biometrics to its POS offering within a span of weeks. The new solution allows customers to choose a fingerprint biometric reader that best meets their requirements, including the DigitalPersona 4500 and EikonTouch readers. With the addition of fingerprint biometrics, the company report, Stellar POS enables organizations to log in to their POS terminals, as well as stop labor hour fraud and POS theft due to unauthorized manager overrides and approvals.

"We are pleased to have helped BigWise complete this biometric authentication pilot and shorten time to market for its exciting new offering," said Wladimir Alvarez, HID Global's senior director of sales in the company's Extended Access Technology Business Unit, in the prepared statement. "In addition to securing their POS systems, DigitalPersona fingerprint biometrics finally allows BigWise customers to eliminate their dependence on insecure and costly passwords and swipe cards."

Stellar POS provides an end-to-end solution from store floor or restaurant counter, the company reports, through the full range of inventory, logistics and production processes, and makes it easier to manage offers and promotions, loyalty programs, and accounting and treasury operations. BigWise sells the Stellar POS solution primarily in Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Peru.

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