BIO-key International, Inc.: Living Software Introduces Secure E-Mail Solution Based on BIO-key Biometric Software

WALL, N.J. and NEW RICHMOND, Wis., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BIO-key International, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: BKYI) , a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, and Living Software, a leading provider of secure office solutions, today announced the immediate availability of SafeLive(TM), a software product that secures e-mail with fingerprint biometrics.

Through the software’s simple and intuitive interface, the e-mail sender ‘signs’ and encrypts the message being sent by scanning his finger. When the message is delivered, it can only be decrypted and opened by the designated recipient(s) with their fingerprint(s), to assure the identity of both the sender and receiver. At the core of the SafeLive solution, is BIO-key’s biometric software platform, Vector Segment Technology(TM) (VST). When combined with Living Software’s SafeLive solution, VST brings the power and security of biometric technology to the everyday task of sending and receiving e-mails. The product interfaces seamlessly with Microsoft Outlook or can be used with a variety of e-mail products, including web-based systems. SafeLive is easy to deploy given that no additional infrastructure, such as changes to e-mail server software, is required.

Daniel O. Sanderson, Living Software’s President and CEO noted, “SafeLive truly ensures the identity of e-mail users solely on the basis of a natural characteristic that is unique to each of us; our fingerprint. This is a superior alternative to traditional secure e-mail products.”

Mike DePasquale, CEO of BIO-key, added, “There currently exists a wide variety of inexpensive fingerprint readers and the bulk of them are operable with BIO-key’s software. This is due to the fact that BIO-key’s software works with every major fingerprint reader manufacturer. Consequently, coupled with SafeLive, organizations seeking a secure email solution now have a cost effective alternative that can be quickly deployed.”

About BIO-key

BIO-key develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, and government and private sector customers. BIO-key’s mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key’s high- performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 2,500 police, fire and emergency services departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for public safety worldwide. (http://www.bio-key.com/ )

About Living Software

Living Software develops and distributes practical applications and infrastructures that are secured using fingerprint biometrics. Its focus is on providing confidential message and document exchange via the Internet in which the participants’ identities are authenticated using a simple fingerprint scan. Its products are easily deployed in any size organization and are exceptionally easy to use. (http://www.safelive.com/ )

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CONTACT: press, Julie Garand of BIO-key International, Inc., +1-508-460-4036, or [email protected]-key.com ; or Daniel O. Sanderson of Living Software, +1-715-246-5808, or [email protected] ; or investors, Augustine Okwu Jr., of Dennard Rupp Gray & Easterly, LLC, +1-713-529-6600, or [email protected]-e.com , for BIO-key International, Inc.