1. Server-Client Concept
Safe Deposit Box provider would require a system that could handle a large capacity of user. A FingerTec terminal with TCMS V2 (the software) would not be sufficient to sustain the system in a longer run. Therefore, Server-client concept is the best solution because it could offer a larger database to be stored in a server. In this concept, FRIS 2 server works with SQL database for storage of user fingerprint template, user details, transaction logs (visiting history) etc. As the user capacity grows, an increase in hard drive’s size is always an option. All FingerTec® terminals would only act as clients showing verification status and controlling door lock. The terminals will be connected to FRIS 2 server for operations. All fingerprint verifications is done in the FRIS 2 server and the records will be stored intact in the server. All information will be saved into SQL database to allow 3 rd party software to read into the SQL database for user information and visitation history, to generate relevant report(s).
2. Online fingerprint verification
Another major function of FRIS 2 server is online fingerprint verification, where the fingerprint templates captured by FingerTec® terminals are verified at the FRIS 2 server instead of at individual terminals. FRIS 2 server will return result to the terminals after every fingerprint verification. A transaction log will be created for each verification of user’s fingerprint and these logs are identified as user visitation history. The online fingerprint verification works with the server-client concept to sustain fast growing number of users in the system. At the same time, online fingerprint verification done at a server centralizes all transactions log of every user for easier data collection.
3. OFIS scanner as enrollment station
To ease operation, OFIS scanner is recommended as enrollment station. This particular scanner is a USB interface fingerprint reader to capture user fingerprint templates for storage in FRIS 2 server. OFIS scanner is known also as FRIS client. Templates that have been stored via FRIS client can be distributed to other terminals or kept for records.
4. R2s and i-Kiosk 100 to guard the entrance
i-Kiosk 100 is recommended to be installed as the first terminal for renter to verify his identity before he entered into the safe deposit storage area. The multimedia feature of i-Kiosk 100 is an important space to publish provider’s advertisement. R2s (R2 with UPEK scanner) is recommended to be installed at the safe deposit box area. The reason why UPEK scanner is the scanner of choice is because it is more sensitive, scratch proof and long lasting.
5. MSSQL database management
The MSSQL database server keeps all user information (user details, photo, fingerprint) and transaction logs (visiting history). It works with the FRIS 2 server for enrollment, verification and transaction logs storage. A 3rd party software plug-in to the MSSQL database server (developed by the safe deposit box company) could enable reports to be produced easily. The high storage of server eliminates the conventional filling system, providing provider with better and paperless working environment.
Models and System Involved:
Hardware: i-Kiosk 100 and R2s (R2 with UPEK), OFIS scanner
Software: FRIS 2 server with MSSQL, FRIS 2 client
The FingerTec® Technology:
FRIS 2 server is the most suitable solution for Safe Deposit Box Provider due to increasing renters for their solutions. With FRIS 2, all fingerprints and transaction logs are saved the server and supported by MSSQL database.
During enrollment via FRIS Client (OFIS Scanner), each registered fingerprint template will be sent to FRIS 2 server for storage and user information inserted into FRIS 2 Server as reference. 3 rd party web camera can also be used to capture renters’ photo to be inserted into FRIS 2 server database. The above operation simplifies and speeds up enrollment procedure to be around 10 minutes or less.
The FRIS 2 server holds all user information and fingerprint templates for all connected FingerTec® terminals. Every time a user places a finger on the scanner, the terminal would capture and send it to FRIS 2 server for verification. Once verified, the FRIS 2 server will record a transaction, with date and time, terminal ID and user ID into database. A message will be displayed at the corresponding terminal to alert user. If the verification is failed, the FRIS 2 server will return message to the terminal(s) to inform user to try again.
As the transaction log is written into the MSSQL database, the 3 rd party door lock controller could work with the system. The 3 rd party software would read a new log written into MSSQL database, check the validity of the user ID and terminal ID. This is a security process is to avoid any interruption into MSSQL database. The 3 rd party door controller will only react to release door lock system if the given information is valid. The system can identify which lock to release by referring to the terminal ID. The above explanation is a simplified conceptual picture for general understanding.
The transaction logs stored in MSSQL are identified as visitation records of each renter. Administrator can check frequency of a renter’s visit to the provider and the safe deposit box. Photo of user can also be captured during his/her visit, to be used as future reference.