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AuthenTec and BIO-key Launch Strategic Initiative Supporting Enterprise Application Deployments

Partners Can Now Deploy Products and Solutions Built on AuthenTec's EntrePad

Fingerprint Sensors and BIO-key's Enterprise Software

MELBOURNE, Fla. and WALL, N.J., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AuthenTec, the world's leading biometric fingerprint sensor provider, and BIO- key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), the leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, announce the support of the AuthenTec EntrePad(R)2500 series of swipe fingerprint sensors in BIO-key's family of software development tools for biometric authentication platforms in enterprise applications. (Logo: ) BIO-key's latest release of VST, WEB-key, and BioAPI Biometric Service Provider (BSP) software development platforms now include all software device drivers, configuration controls and image interoperability algorithms for the AuthenTec EntrePad 2501A swipe sensor. Support for computer device / token implementations of the EntrePad 2510 swipe sensor are planned for release in a service pack update. BIO-key's software development platforms allow systems integrators and solution providers to rapidly develop and deliver biometric based identity management security into virtually any infrastructure. All of BIO-key's software development platforms already included full support for the AuthenTec's touch sensors. BIO-key's image enhancement and normalization technology, included with each BIO-key software platform, enables interoperability among different AuthenTec devices along with other fingerprint sensors. In addition, BIO-key's product family now supports the NIST INCITS 378-2004 standard template format which can be extracted from images captured on the EntrePad 2500 series of sensors. "BIO-key is one of few companies capable of delivering enterprise fingerprint verification and identification products that can be integrated by our mutual customers without endangering their system's flexibility and scalability," said Art Stewart, vice president of business development for AuthenTec. "We are excited by this initiative, and BIO-key's ability to solve crucial authentication problems facing government and commercial enterprise networks and applications using AuthenTec's growing family of fingerprint sensors." AuthenTec and BIO-key are working together as preferred partners to enable and encourage manufacturers, application developers, integrators and purchasers of fingerprint devices (including laptop computers that are supplied with the embedded AuthenTec sensors) to begin evaluating, architecting and implementing enterprise biometric solutions built on BIO- key's family of development platforms. Both government and commercial customers can benefit from this cooperative effort, including customers that must comply with standards and legislation such as HSPD-12, FIPS 201, FFIEC, HIPAA, Patriot Act, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, 21CFRPart11. "BIO-key's support of AuthenTec's innovative swipe sensors, including those delivered by AuthenTec through the wide portfolio of OEM customers, along with our device interoperability capability will be a major catalyst in the adoption of fingerprint-based logical access controls throughout the enterprise," said Charles (Bud) Yanak, VP Marketing of BIO-key. "A key benefit BIO-key software delivers is our ability to utilize a single fingerprint enrollment for a wide array of identity management applications such as large scale ID credentialing solutions as well as physical and logical access systems" he continued. Systems integrators, solution providers, OEM customers and end-customers are encouraged to contact either AuthenTec or BIO-key representatives to find out how to extend their fingerprint device or laptop computer that incorporates AuthenTec EntrePad or FingerLoc sensors for use in enterprise applications. About AuthenTec With more than six million sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in fingerprint sensor security, innovation and sales to the PC, wireless, and access control markets. AuthenTec's award-winning FingerLoc(R) and EntrePad(R) sensors take full advantage of The Power of Touch by utilizing the company's patented TruePrint(R) technology to deliver the most convenient, reliable and cost-effective means available for enabling touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication. The company's network of partners, solution providers and customers include: Analog Devices, APC, BIO- key, Compal, Cherry, Fujitsu Computer, Computer Associates, HP, IBM, LGE, Microsoft, Motion Computing, NEC Packard Bell, Pantech, Quanta, Samsung, Tatung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Wistron, among others. Visit About BIO-key BIO-key develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key's mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key's high-performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 2,500 police, fire and emergency services departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for public safety worldwide. ( BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of these statements. The words "estimate," "project," "intends," "expects," "believes" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For a more complete description of these and other risk factors that may affect the future performance of BIO-key International, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company also undertakes no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. For more information contact: Julie Garand Jim Burke BIO-key International AuthenTec 508-460-4036 321-308-1320