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Cubic forms security group


Cubic Transportation Systems Inc., which supplies smart card ticketing for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Chicago Transit Authority, in late October formed a new group to address public transportation firms’ enhanced security concerns.

Cubic Security Inc. would incorporate fingerprint and facial recognition technology into Cubic’s GO CARD®, a contactless smart card with an embedded chip and antenna that communicate via radio frequency with Cubic-developed readers at the point of entry to transit faregates, ticket vending machines, parking systems, building doors and, potentially, airport boarding gates.

The card incorporates biometrics, which enable the reader to compare the facial, fingerprint or other biometric images of the cardholder to the image on the card.

Biometrics relies on statistical analysis of biological observations to help positively identify and authenticate personal characteristics including fingerprint analysis, hand geometry, voice pattern and face recognition, acoustic signature analysis, and retina and iris scanning to map individual physical characteristics and convert them to digital files.

Cubic’s Mark Gaertner will head the new group.

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