Crestron has announced that ekey biometric systems GmbH, a provider of fingerprint access solutions, is now an official Crestron integration partner. The wall-mounted ekey finger scanners integrate with Crestron 3-Series control systems, and the partnership enables Crestron residential integrators to introduce one-touch door entry to its smart home designs. Fingerprint door entry also enhances security by eliminating hackable 4-digit codes and the possibility of key or access card forgery.
Michael Short, global residential marketing manager at Crestron, explained the impetus behind the partnership, saying, “ekey and Crestron took up the challenge of making door entry more secure and convenient. To deliver on that, we focused on one of the aspects that makes us unique as human beings – fingerprints. Now, in essence, your finger is the key to your Crestron smart home.”
The ekey product line leverages biometric processes to provide added security, while eliminating the necessity of using keys, cards, and passwords or codes. The system’s intelligent software, according to the company, will even detect the growth of childrens’ fingers, minor injuries that might change a fingerprint slightly, and habit changes. They also provide the additional benefit of enabling building control systems to track who’s coming in.
“We are very excited about our partnership with Crestron and the possibilities of this advanced integration,” added Short. “It’s like turning Crestron into a biometric access control system by itself, featuring simplified administration centrally via – for instance – a Crestron touch screen. By saving multiple fingerprints of individual users, different functions can be triggered. Whereas your right index finger will become your new key for unlocking your front door, your left index finger will trigger a silent alarm when used under duress.”
Products by ekey are currently compatible with Crestron 3-Series control systems with a RS485 COM port, and SIMPL Windows software.