Kyocera Document Solutions UK, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, has today announced that its multi-functional printers’ (MFP) biometric authentication solution by BioStore has won the Security Product of the Year category at the Document Manager Awards.
Part of IRIS Software Group, BioStore is a major provider of simple and secure methods of identification, mostly catering to the needs of the education sector. The solution enables users to securely release print jobs from their MFP by scanning an individual’s fingerprint at a BioStore IDPoint. This is connected to a Kyocera MFP, where the job is then logged into the embedded software on the MFP and a unique ID number is created.
Alongside the reliability of biometric authentication, users can rely on a secure option rather than cards and PINs, which can be shared easily or lost. BioStore converts fingerprints into a mathematical measurement rather than an image, alleviating the issues or concerns surrounding data protection. The solution also restricts MFP use to authorised users and integrates with secure print release and print management solutions, such as PaperCut, to control, budget and account for MFP use, resulting in cost and environmental savings.
Commenting on the award win, Michele Mabilia, Head of Product Marketing at Kyocera Document Solutions UK, said: “We’re extremely proud to have won the Security Product of the Year Award. Protecting data that is printed, scanned, copied or stored is paramount for any sector, and education is no different. Performing any of these vital tasks can leave a latent imprint of sensitive data on a system’s hard disk drive, so defending the confidentiality of this data from unwanted intrusion is a challenge that must be met.
“BioStore has some game-changing technology in this arena, as its biometric solution ensures that users are positively identified and are not using someone else’s card or PIN. With cyberattacks on the rise across the education sector, the additional layer of security that the technology brings to print estates means that schools and colleges can reinforce the security of their data and ensure their day-to-day activities are not disrupted.”
Winston Poyton, Education Product Director, IRIS Software Group added: “Our mission is to help the education sector become more efficient, secure and productive. Printing and copying are a vital part of daily operations. Partnering with Kyocera and integrating its applications with the BioStore Identity Management suite enables us to ensure schools and colleges across the country have access to an affordable and secure print estate.
We’re proud our partnership has helped Kyocera consistently provide a high standard of professional support to its clients across the education sector.”