Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., the parent company of Konica Minolta Business Solutions, and Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., were jointly nominated as a finalist in the IT Security category of the 2010 SESAMES Awards for their work on the Universal Design High-Security MFP with Body Area Network (BAN) Smart Card.
Selected as one of 33 finalists out of a field of 365 applications for ten award categories, the “Universal Design High-Security MFP with BAN Smart Card” is the world’s first application to incorporate smart card-based BAN security technologies in multifunction peripherals (MFPs).
Unlike having to scan a smart card for employee validation, the newly developed BAN technology requires nothing more than the human body touch on the device or an accessory to complete identity verification to operate an MFP.
The “Universal Design High-Security MFP with BAN Smart Card” utilizes a transmitter with an inserted smart card for users to carry around. Identity verification is complete as soon as the user stands on the floor mat that works as receiving antenna, or the user touches the front side of the MFP.
Cited as easy to use and convenient, the BAN unit can economically be added to existing MFP systems or ID verification smart cards without major modifications.
The SESAMES Awards have been presented to the best technological innovations and applications in fields such as smart card, digital security and authentication.