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eKey Biometric Entry System Lets You Give it Three Fingers

Use your first finger to control the door lock, scan your second finger to arm/disarm the security, touch your third finger to send a distress signal.


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Look out for ekeyUSA, the up-and-coming maker of biometric access control for the residential market.

Earlier we raved about the company's sleek, elegan TocaHome finger readers that put the clunky old keyless entry systems to shame.

Then we hinted at a biometric product developed by partner Holovision.

Now we have details about ekey's Bio-View biometric access system, which will be shown for the first time at CEDIA. Developed by partner Holovision, the new product is an integrated solution with triggers for multiple events, depending on which finger you press against the biometric reader.

According to ekey:

In lieu of a key for unlocking a door, a code for arming/disarming an alarm system, or a remote control for opening a gate or garage door a user can do all of that and more, in a simple, secure, and convenient manner all through swiping different fingers by the same user for controlling different access functions.


For example, use your first finger to control the electric door strike, scan your second finger to arm and disarm the security system, and touch your third finger to send a distress signal to the security system (if you're being held at gunpoint).

Just don't tell the bad guys.

Compatibility


The biometric system includes an adjustable camera and intercom. It can be configured with a wide range of options and colors.

The system is compatible with several third-party devices:


  • The Crestron model is shipped fully assembled and wired, and includes Crestron's C2N-IIF intercom module.

  • The Panasonic version is shipped fully assembled and wired, and includes a Panasonic-compatible two-inch speaker, microphone and circuit board.

  • The Holovision model is compatible with Holovision's room-to-door intercom system, allowing communications between the door or gate and every telephone in the home. The system causes all of the phones in the home to ring with any one of three different ring tones. This sytsem ships with speaker, microphone, and all other components for a complete entry system. An optional door strike relay is available. See Telephone Entry for full specifications.

  • The Viking model is compatible with the high-performance Viking system, which uses "half-duplex" communication, allowing for high speaker and microphone volume without the possibility of feedback.

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About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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