BIO-key Awarded $800K Follow-On Order for Biometric User Authentication from Leading Government Defense Ministry

HOLMDEL, N.J., Nov. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key® International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), an innovative provider of workforce and customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB) for phoneless, tokenless, passwordless and phish-resistant authentication experiences, announced that one of the world’s most respected government defense ministries has selected and awarded BIO-key a new $800k order, leveraging a previously announced three-year purchasing agreement. The defense ministry is accelerating its deployment of BIO-key biometric authentication to secure, yet simplify, access to its most critical information systems. This order, along with portions of earlier $340k and $150K orders received in Q3’23, is expected to be recognized during Q4’23.

The defense ministry continues to expand its BIO-key user authentication deployment into new programs and user scenarios, delivering convenient phoneless, tokenless, and passwordless authentication access to digital services for over 30,000 users. BIO-key expects that expansion of the programs using its solution to additional defense ministry personnel will result in other awards in future periods.

BIO-key’s secure biometric authentication platform has been integrated with the ministry’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) capabilities to allow secure VDI-optimized biometric authentication without requiring phones or tokens. BIO-key has worked closely with the ministry’s cybersecurity team to integrate state-of-the-art, cloud-enabled biometric authentication with its authentication federation platform to deliver advanced and secure biometric access to systems and applications across organizational boundaries. Because BIO-key credentials are the individuals themselves, access cannot be shared, delegated, phished, or forgotten.

Jim Sullivan, BIO-key’s SVP Strategy and Chief Legal Officer, said, “When the stakes are at their highest, security must be uncompromising yet user-friendly. BIO-key’s relationship with this innovative customer continues to expand, as does interest from the defense vertical in general. Last week, we were pleased to announce the addition of another new government defense ministry customer. We are pleased to be trusted to provide the highest level of security possible by biometrically ensuring only the right user accesses the most sensitive information. BIO-key has a long history of providing very secure and robust solutions in government, defense, finance, retail, and other highly regulated industries, and we are finding that our superior user experience and cost-saving tokenless solution translates well to enterprise authentication."

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BIO-key is revolutionizing authentication and cybersecurity with biometric-centric, multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) software securing access for over thirty-five million users. BIO-key allows customers to choose the right authentication factors for diverse use cases, including phoneless, tokenless, and passwordless biometric options. Its hosted or on-premise PortalGuard IAM solution provides cost-effective, easy-to-deploy, convenient, and secure access to computers, information, applications, and high-value transactions.

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