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Biometric access control and time and attendance network including configurable system-on-chip (CSOC) processors with embedded programmable logic

A biometric access control and time and attendance system comprises an integrated network including one or more remote access devices in electronic communication with a computer database. Each remote access device comprises a silicon chip based system and preferably includes a biometric input device, a liquid crystal display (LCD), computer processing capabilities based on embedded system architecture with configurable system-on-chip (CSOC) technology, and an electrical output for controlling a door lock or the like. The use of CSOC architecture in lieu of conventional personal computer technology (e.g. mother boards, hard drives, video controllers and the like) allows for a more compact and cost efficient design. A plurality of remote access devices is configured for communication with a primary computer database wherein data corresponding to biometric samples for all authorized users is stored. In an embodiment wherein the biometric input devices comprise fingerprint scanners, the devices are configured to facilitate fingerprint identification by incorporating an auto-targeting capability that enables the user to simply place his or her finger on the fingerprint scanner whereafter the system adjusts the scanned image by automatically shifting the scanned image data to a properly targeted position thereby enabling the system compare the scanned print to the biometric samples in the system's data storage memory. Auto-targeting capability eliminates the requirement for manual targeting present in systems of the background art thereby improving system performance and minimizing reliance on human interaction. The present invention contemplates the use of auto-targeting with other biometric systems, such as facial recognition and/or retinal scanning systems, or any other biometric identification technology.

Video acquisition and compilation system and method of assembling and distributing a composite video

FIG. 7 shows a camera system (700) that operates to time-stamp video content captured from multiple cameras (740) relative to a recorded and time-synchronized location of a portable tracking unit (722). The position of the cameras (740) is known to the system. Based on the time and position data for each uniquely identifiable tracking unit, an editing suite (770) automatically compiles a composite video made up from time-spliced video segments from the various cameras. Video or still images captured by the cameras (740)are cross-referenced against the client address stored in database (760) and related to the assigned, uniquely identifiable tracking unit (722). A server (750) is arranged to use the client address to send reminder messages, which reminder messages may include selected images taken by the composite video. Alternatively, a client (720) can use the client address to access the database and view the composite video. In the event that the client (720) wants to receive a fair copy of the composite video, the server (750) is arranged to process the request and send the composite video to the client. Streaming of multiple video feeds from different cameras that each encode synchronized time allows cross-referencing of stored client-specific data and, ultimately, the assembly of the resultant composite video that reflects a timely succession of events having direct relevant to the client (720).

Access control system and method for operating said system

The invention relates to an access control system and to a method for operating said system. The system uses a standard access control system (24, 8), which controls a plurality of access points (1) by means of respective individual physical closing mechanisms (8). According to the invention, at least one reader (2) and a controller (3), which is connected to the latter in order to control the closing mechanism (8), is provided at each access point (1) and the system is equipped with at least one access control server (4), which carries out the centralised management of access data and is connected to the respective controllers (3), in addition to at least one mobile telephone server (5), which is connected to the access control server (4), said mobile telephone server being at least indirectly capable of transmitting data to mobile radio telephone subscribers (7) via a mobile radio telephone network and of receiving data from said subscribers. The mobile radio telephone server (5) can also be an integral component of the access control server (4). The aim of the invention is to provide an access control system that uses mobile telephones, which can be easily retrofitted and is especially user-friendly and at the same time reliable. To achieve this, at least one access point (1) is equipped with a short-range transmitter (9), which transmits identification information that is specific to the access point in such a way that it is only received by a mobile telephone (7) located in the direct vicinity of the access point (1) and is used at least indirectly by said telephone to control the access verification process. The use of Bluetooth or WLAN transmitters (9) is particularly advantageous in this context as modern mobile telephones (7) are already equipped with interfaces of this type and Bluetooth transmitters (9) are cost-effective and readily available.
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