system has gone into full production, with five companies agreeing to incorporate it into products they make.

FingerLoc is designed to replace personal identification numbers for banking transactions or keys for houses and automobiles and hotel doors. Authentec says its embedded TruePrint technology is more accurate than competitors' because it reads below the skin's surface layer to where the true fingerprint resides.

Authentec's original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, contracts are with Biometric Identification Inc. in the access control field, Sense Technologies Inc. for time-and-attendance systems, LeapFrog Smart Products Inc. for smart cards, Silver Reader Inc. of Taiwan for smart card and personal computer peripheral devices, and Chuo Spring Co. of Japan for industrial and residential access control.

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