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iEVO To Unlock Potential Of £1.4bn Global Security Market

A North East company has launched its bid to claim a share in the world’s £1.4bn global security market with help from Design Network North.

iEvo Ltd based in Killingworth has developed its groundbreaking biometric security system with funding from design initiative Design Network North (DNN).

– And the company has already signed an agreement with radio remote control equipment supplier, Ikusi UK.

The deal will see iEvo’s patent pending and design registered biometric system built into remote controls used to operate cranes and heavy lifting equipment. iEvo will stop people who are not authorized using the potentially dangerous machinery.

The next generation sensors developed by iEvo can be fully integrated into existing swipe card systems and represent a coming of age for biometric readers which until now have been prone to problems caused by cold weather, water or dirt.

The new system uses multispectral imaging technology adapted from the healthcare sector and developed to overcome the fingerprint capture problems conventional imaging systems have in less than ideal conditions.

Conventional technologies rely on unobstructed and complete contact between the fingerprint and the sensor, a condition that is elusive in the real world.

The more effective solution by iEvo uses multiple spectrum light and advanced polarization techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface & subsurface of the skin.

iEvo founder and managing director, Shaun Oakes, said:

“With the support of DNN we have managed to get this product from an idea I sketched up on a napkin to a working prototype in under six months.

“The interest we have had from major players in the sector is unbelievable and is positive proof that iEvo is set to put biometrics at the forefront of the access security market

“Our systems process readings from the finger using nine different formats of light and extracts the image from the surface and subsurface of the skin. For added security the reader will read through dirt, grease, rain and even some latex gloves, also making them ideal for use in secure laboratory environments.

“iEvo fully integrates with widely used card systems and software, but stores no data in the unit itself. Unlike older systems, anyone trying to damage the unit itself to gain entry would be wasting their time.

“In addition, we have designed iEvo with data protection and human right laws in mind. We have made it impossible to re-engineer an exact finger print from the data we store.”

Newcastle based product design consultancy, e3design Ltd, carried out the project funded by DNN.

Richard Parker of E3 design said:

“The challenge for us was to improve the user experience of traditional finger print reading access systems, which are often bulky, cumbersome and with lots of buttons. We focused on designing a small ergonomic unit that could house both the reader and cabling.”

Acting as a focal point for North East design and innovation, Design Network North provides design advice and project management support to companies with new product ideas and design problems.

Design Specialist at Design Network North, John Hetherington added:

“iEvo is a great example of how a small company lacking any in house design resource can access good design via appropriate funding and support. We hope that iEvo will be an inspiration to other small businesses in the region wishing to develop products of their own.”

Brokering in the best sources of support from the region’s design community, Design Network North supports opportunities for collaborative working, knowledge exchange, advice and funding for approved design work.

The aim of Design Network North is to improve regional companies’ ability to utilise high-quality design, skills and processes to deliver high return on investment, improved competitiveness, and to increase the contribution of design to the wealth of the region.

Funded by One North East and the European Regional Development Fund, the network is part of Solutions for Business, the government’s package of publicly funded business support designed to help companies start and grow.

Co-ordinated by RTC North, DNN is supported by Knowledge House and the universities of Newcastle, Northumbria and Teesside.

Based at RTC North in Sunderland, until the construction of a design centre at the heart of Gateshead’s Baltic Business Quarter, the network will benefit from £857,396 of European Union investment from the ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13, managed by regional development agency One North East.

The ERDF programme is bringing over £250m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.


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