Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH has been shaping the world of security for more than two decades. DERMALOG is Germany’s pioneer in biometrics and the largest German manufacturer of biometric devices and systems. The company provides a wide range of biometric identification solutions, including latest generation of fingerprint and document scanners as well as high-performance Automatic Fingerprint Identification Systems and Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS). The product portfolio is complemented by biometric border control systems, biometric ID cards and passports, as well as biometric voting systems.
DERMALOG has been revolutionizing biometric security products for law enforcement, civil authorities as well as health and security agencies, and developing solutions for access and data security, authorization and authentication services as well as mobile security. Governmental authorities as well as private businesses all over the world trust DERMALOG’s expertise and state-of-the-art biometric products. That’s not all, DERMALOG has implemented one of the world’s largest biometric installations in Nigeria. The branches of 23 banks and the Central Bank of Nigeria have been equipped with DERMALOG’s ABIS. Bank customers are clearly identified by fingerprints and face patterns, which effectively prevents fraud practices with false identities. Nigerian banks have already successfully registered more than 32 million customers with DERMALOG’s Automated Biometric Identification System.
“DERMALOG as manufacturer, supplier and System Integrator is able to implement solutions very quick, even into existing projects. Our “Turnkey Solutions” are reliable, intuitive to operate and most of all fast and secure,” adds Günther Mull, Founder of DERMALOG.
The company has developed solutions like ‘FingerLogin’, ‘FingerPayment’, and ‘FingerBanking’ as well as automatic face and iris recognition. Apart from Germany and Europe, the main markets of DERMALOG revolve across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Today, more than 150 government agencies and over 40 banks in more than 80 countries are using DERMALOGs technology and turnkey solutions for biometric identification.
A Pioneer in Fingerprint Identification Systems
Günther Mull studied human biology at the University of Hamburg, where he began researching fingerprints back in 1980. From 1984, he was responsible for the automation of fingerprint and palmprint evaluations as part of a research project at the Hamburg Institute of Human Biology and worked until 1990 as a lecturer in applied statistics. After serving as the head of the Institute of Dermatoglyphics for several years, he found DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH back in 1995. The Hamburg based company specializes in the development of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems and fingerprint biometrics for documents and national ID projects. Presently, DERMALOG technology is used in more than 220 large-scale installations across the planet.
When DERMALOG helped Countries with its Solutions
Back in 2016, the Nigerian government found that more than 23,000 officials either did not exist with their registered name or received their salary unlawfully. This gave the country monthly savings of 10.5 million euros and makes a sustainable contribution to the positive development of the Nigerian state. The cases of fraud were identified using DERMALOG’s Automated Biometric Identification System. Originally the system was developed for 23 Nigerian banks and for the Central Bank of Nigeria in order to identify bank customers through fingerprint and face recognition before opening or accessing a bank account. In this system, every customer receives an individual number. Since its very introduction in Nigeria, more than 32 million bank customers have been registered till date, wherein their bank accounts are backed by DERMALOG’s innovative biometrics.
“Specific requirements due to the security situation and the local conditions are our daily business,” emphasizes Mr. Mull.
DERMALOG has rolled out a BioScreen system with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. This specialized system captures the thumbprints of visitors arriving and departing at Singapore’s checkpoints, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance security levels. Now, it is compulsory for foreign visitors to scan their thumbprints each time they enter or leave Singapore. With the BioScreen system installed in the passenger halls to pick up travelers’ thumbprints, it reminds travelers that security in Singapore has the highest priority over all threats. Singapore reports that a fingerprint checking system installed at borders is helping to find people who have violated immigration laws.
Delivering the Best Solution
Currently the discussion about security is dominated by rapidly increasing digitization. Understandably, this development also leads to a wider choice of security products. DERMALOG actively participates in this process with innovative solutions for secure biometric identifications. As an example, with DERMALOG’s password-free login, companies can significantly simplify their user management by allowing employees to log on to computers by fingerprint or face recognition features. The system is safer, more reliable, and much more comfortable than previous password protected solutions.
The company’s major strengths include innovative products and their unmatched adaptability. Working closely with its customers, DERMALOG always develops the best possible solution in remarkably fast time for the industry. This flexibility is one of the most important cornerstones of the company’s success. Also, DERMALOG’s innovative solutions provide outstanding service. The offer ranges from project management, installation and customization to maintenance and support of delivered products.
DERMALOG’s goal has always been to deliver the best solution for its customers, which requires creativity and the willingness to break new ground. With the claim to be an innovative leader, the company is always open to new ideas. This is also part of DERMALOG’s corporate culture. As an example, flat hierarchies enable rapid decision-making and accelerate the development of new solutions. Additionally, DERMALOG’s employees have a high level of personal responsibility.
An Innovative Industry Leader
Ultimately, within the biometry sector, multi-biometrics, the combination of two or more biometric characteristics, is currently on the rise. Therefore, DERMALOG has developed an Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) that simultaneously compares finger, face and eye data for maximum accuracy. With DERMALOG ABIS, the company positions itself as an innovative leader and offers the next level of secured identification. The system is already in use around the world, in banking and border control as well as in issuing official documents, such as passports and driver’s licenses.
In the face of increasing mobility of people and goods in a globalized world, governments need to find a balance between fast processing and secure borders. Based on its experience from worldwide projects, DERMALOG offers solutions to develop and implement Border Control Systems as well as checks for secure border management.
One of the latest DERMALOG border control products is the DERMALOG Gate. It is the first fully automated electronic gate that uses 3D sensor high-resolution camera technology combined with a precisely defined field of view. It guarantees only one person at a time can pass the gate, providing a highly secure face recognition. The integrated front scanner enables fast reading of numerous documents such as passports, ID cards, e-ID cards and flight tickets. The DERMALOG Gate reduces transit times, provides a self-service process and increases the attractiveness of using the airport.
DERMALOG offers biometric solutions for banks and manufacturers of automatic teller machines (ATM). This includes the largest biometric banking project worldwide (USD 50 million), which was delivered by DERMALOG (BVN Project): 23 banks and the Central Bank of Nigeria were provided with DERMALOG’s ABIS, to prevent double identities among bank customers through different means such as finger and face recognition and guarantees the best-possible biometric identification of customers (KYC) for these banks. Furthermore, many ATMs across the globe have been equipped with DERMALOG’s fingerprint technology.