HID Fingerprint Reader Tested

By Brian Rhodes, Published on Oct 09, 2019

HID has released their first access reader to use Lumidigm optical sensors, that touts it 'works with anyone, anytime, anywhere'.

We bought and tested the unit to see if it lives up to the claims.

Inside, we answer the following questions:

  • How well does the fingerprint reader work on dirty, oily, greasy, and wet fingers?
  • Does saltwater spray on the reader and sensor impact performance?
  • What types of wired connections and power is needed?

Our test also evaluated key performance parameters including:

  • The problem with the RB25F fingerprint enrollment process
  • How well the unit communicates using OSDP and Wiegand
  • The new software application needed to configure the unit
  • HID Mobile Access compatibility
  • Which 13.56 MHz credential formats are supported

Testing Dirty Prints

To test fingerprint reading performance, we subjected a finger to different types of soiling.

For testing, we used five different methods of determining read performance apart from ideal 'clean' fingerprints. Testing checked:

  • Soil/Mud: Common dry and slightly damp topsoil was applied
  • Water: Both finger and sensor were subjected to potable water
  • Oil: A thin vegetable oil was used to coat finger skin
  • Grease: A heavy paste was used to 'build-up' and fill fingerprint features, but was translucent
  • Saltwater Spray: Finally, a mild saline solution was sprayed onto the reader and sensor to determine if slightly cloudy/turbid liquids impacted performance

We also benchmarked those individual results against a 'control' finger that was clean and dry.

Key **** ********

**** ****** ********* *** HID's *********** ****** ********:

  • ******* ***** ***** ******:** ****** * ***** of ****** ******, *** the ***** **** *** optical ****** *** *** have ******** ******* **** with **% ** ****** read ***** ** ****.
  • ******** ********** *******: ** ****** ************, cards, *** *** ****** and *** ****** ********* reliably ** ******* **** credential ****.
  • **** ** ******* ******:****** **** *********** *******, the ***** ******** **** as **** ** *******. Our ******* ***** *** unit ******** ******* **** ******** ********** **** is ****** ***** ****** protocol.
  • ***** *********: ** ****** *** sprayed ***** *** ***** liquids ** *** ****** during *****, *** ***** nor *** ****** *** affected ** ******* ** repeated ********.
  • ****** *****: *** ***** ************* ****** ******, *** ******* ******** the ****** ******** ** other *** ******-******* *****.

*******, *** **** ** HID's **** ***** **** weaknesses **** *** *** present ** ***** *********** readers:

  • ****** **********: *** ******** ******* sensor ** ********* ** shifts ** ****** ********, and *** **** ******** in ****** ********* ************ ends *** ********** *******.
  • *********** ******** ********: ***** ******** ** a *** ***** ****** in * ******, *** RB25F *** * ********** schedule ******** **** *********** can ******** **** ********** types *********.
  • ******** ******** ********: *** **** ******* piece ** ******** (********* Manager) ** ********* *** monitor *** ******, ****** than ********* *** ******** Reader ******* *** **** on *** ***** ********.
  • *** ******** *****: **** * ****** anti-tamper ******** ******* *** reader ** * ******** plate. **** *****, *** ~$725 ******'* ******** ***** is * ****** *** head **** *** ** undone **** ****** *********.
  • *** *** ** ****-**** Powered: *** ***** ******** an ********** ** *** power ******, *** **** up ** * **** of ***** ********* ********** pass-thru ** *** *******.

Background: ***** *** ****** **** ******** ******* *******

********** ***'* ***** ****** reader ************* ******** ******* fingerprint *******.

*** (****)******** ******** ** ******* ~$** *******. ****** HID's ****, ******** ******** fingerprint ****** ******* ** a ****** ** *** party ********* ****** *************.

*** **** *****, ******** claimed *** ******* **** superior ** ***** *********** readers. *** *******'* ****** uses'************* *******'**** ***** ********* *********** with '******** *********** ** light' ***** *** ****** makes *** ****** ****** on ************ ********** ** other *******:

****-******* ****** *** ******** by ************* ******* **** when *********** ****** *** hard ** *********** *** to ********, ***, ****, finger *********, ** ************* conditions.Lumidigm ******* *** ****** ****** *** ****** *** ****** — including that 2-5% of the population with “problem fingerprints” that fail to enroll on conventional sensors. [Emphasis IPVM]

****** *** ************** '**** flash' ** *** ******* sensor ****** *****:

Summary: ********** ******** *******

** *******, *** ***** fingerprints **** **** **** <5% ****** *****, ***** 'clean' ****** ******* ***** read ************ ************/********** ** 100% ** ********.

*** ******* *** *********** of *** *****'* *********** sensor ** ****, *** in ****** ****** *** does *** **** ***** of ***** * *******.

Disclaimer: *** ******, ****** ****** ******

*** **** **** * small ********** ** ****** enrolled ** *** ******. Unlike ********** ****** *******, we **** ******** ****** different ***** ************ **** four ******.

*** **** ****** **** at ******** *** ******** prints ** *** ***** library, *** *********** **** larger **** *********** *** show ********* *******.

Fingerprint ******* *******

** *** ****, ** scanned **** ***** ******* 200 ***** ********* ** a ***** ** ******* soils, ******* *** ****** itself **** *********, *** tested *********** **** ** ideal '*****' ******.

** **** ********** *** number ** *** ***** when ********* ****** *** files:

** *** ****, ** scanned **** ***** ******* 200 ***** ********* ** a ***** ** ******* soils, ******* *** ****** itself **** *********, *** tested *********** **** ** ideal '*****' ******.

** ********* *** ****** into *** ****** *********** well, *** **** ******* the ****** *********** ***** the **** *** **** before ******* ** ***** on *** ********.

** *** *****, *** reader *** *** ********** read * ***** ** someone ****, *** *** errors **** '****** *****' that *** *** ***** the **** ** *** templates.

Soil/Mud *******

*** ****/***, *** *********** was *** **** * times ** *** *** a ********** ** *% bad *****.

*** *** ***** ***** of '***** *****' *****, we ********* * ****** dampened ******** **** ***** to *** ***** ******* dirt.

*** *********** ** *********** soiling *** **** *** loose **** **** ***, and *** ****** *** dampened **** ** **** would ****** ** *** skin:

** ****** *** *****, 100 ******** **** ** default '***' *** '**** high' ******** ********** ******, with ** *********** *********** difference ***** ******* ********.

Water *******

*** *******, *** *********** was *** **** * time ** *** *** a ********** ** *.*% bad *****.

*** *** **** ***** round ** *****, ** subjected * ****** ****** with ***** ***** *** allowed ****** ** **** on *** ****** ****** the *********** ****, ******** both *** ****** *** the ****** **********:

** **** ****/***, ** tested *** *****, *** attempts **** ** ******* 'low' *** '**** ****' security ********** ******, **** no *********** *********** ********** noted ******* ********.

Oil *******

*** ***, *** *********** was *** **** * times ** *** *** a ********** ** *.*% bad *****.

***** **** *** *** overall '*****' ***** ****** application, *** *** ******* friction ******* *** ****** and *** ****** ** that *** ****** ******* slightly ****** *** ******** process, *** *** ****** may ** ********** ** finger ******** ****** ***** rather **** ***** ******* obscured ** ***:

*** ***, ** ****** 200 *****, *** ******** each ** ******* '***' and '**** ****' ******** confidence ******, **** *** 5 ****** ********* ** the '**** ****' ******* and **** ********* ** the '***' *******.

Grease *******

*** ***** ******, *** fingerprint *** *** **** 3 ***** ** *** for * ********** ** 1.5% *** *****.

** **** * ******-***** petroleum-based ****** ****** ****** over *** ****** *****. The ***** *** ******* and *** **** ** a ******* **** *** oil, ******** *** ******* of *** ***** *** clear:

********** ***** **** *** less ******** ** **** difficult **** ***** (**** common) *******, *** ** general, **** ************* ***** would ***** **** ***** finger ***** ****** ********** a ****.

** ******* *** ******** each ** ******* '***' and '**** ****' ******** confidence ******, *** *** reads ******** ** '**** high' *** *** *** read ******** ** '***' setting.

Saltwater ***** *******

** ***** * **** solution ** ***** **** and ***** ***** *** sprayed ** ******** **** the ****** *** ******.

*** ****** ****** **** accurately *** ******* ****** in *** ***** ** 200 ********.

Control: *****, *** ******

** **** ******* * clean *** ******** ******. That ****** **** ********** and ******* ****** ** all ***** *** *** 200+ ********. ** ****** at ******* '***' *** 'very ****' ******** ********** levels.

** **** ****** ******* applications, *** *********** ** clean *******, ****** **** population *****, *** *************** stable ************ **** ** ideal *** ***** *******.

*******

**** ********* *** ****** an************* * ****** ***** of~$***. *** **** ** available **** ************.

Physical ********

*** ***** ** * combo *********** *** **.** MHz ********** *******, **** IP67 *** **** *****.

*** ******** ******** ***** below ***** * ******* of ****** *********, ****, and **********:

*** ***** **** *** support ***, *** ***** demand ** **, *** exceeding **** ** ********* furnished ** *** ********** (usually *** ** - 750 **) *** ***** must ** ******** ** an ******** ** *** power ******.

** ***** ** *********** credentials, *** **** ******** five ****** *******. ** successfully ******:

  • ****** ****
  • ****** ******
  • ****** *******
  • ****** ****
  • ****** ******* ***

** ****, *** **** reader ** *** * multiclass **** ********** **** 125 *** *******.

*** ***** ** **** 'HID ****** *****', ********** Origo ******* ****** *********** via *** ** ***. We ****** ****** ***** the **** ****** (***) with *** **** ******* reflected ***** ****** ******.

Two ***** ******** ********

*** ***** *** *** fixed ***** ***** *** the **** ** *** unit, *** ********** ****** plan *** *********** **** to ***** **** ** boxes ** **** ****** during *******.

*** ******** **** ** used ** ********* *** monitor *** **** **** HID's ********* ******* ***********, but * **** ******* connection ** *** **** by *** ****** ****** to *** *** ******.

*** ********* *** ******** on *** ******* ** cut *** ****** ******* and *** **** ** typical ********.

*******, *** **** ** the ********* **** ** used ** *** ******* in ****** ******** ********* desktop ************* *** ********** cradles *** *** ****.

Uses *** ********* ******* ***

****** *** ***-***** *** Reader *******, *** ***** uses ******* *******-***** ******** called********* *******. ***** ****** ******* can ** **** ** iClass ** ******* *** does *** ******* ** the *****.

*** ***** ***** ******** a **** ********:

Problem: ********** ******* ***** ** ******

*** ****** ** *** that **** *** **** well ** *** **** errors **** ***** **** enrolling ************.

********* ******** ******* ** enroll ** **** ** clicking ** ******** ******* in *** ********** ******:

*******, ** *** ******* and ******** ***** *** made ****** **** *******, an ***** ******* **** up *** *********** ****** the ****** *******.

*** ***** ******* *** fingers **** **** ************ enrolled, ** *********** ** enrolling *** ** ******, if ** ***** ******* on *** **** ****, the ******** ** ********** scans *** *******.

**** ***** ** *********** in ** ******** ** the ********** *******:

** ***** *** ** comment ** *** *****. They ********* **** *** error *** ** ********* if ***** ** *** roll ******* ****** **********, common ** ***** ******* like *********** ****** *** user ** **** *** entire *********** ******* ****** template ********.

*******, *** *****'* ****** requires ***** ** ******** repositioning ******** ** **** the ***** *** ********.

******, ********** *** ****** in *** **** ******** to *** ****** ******** the '**** *****' *****, but *** **** *** make **** ***** ******** and **** ***** **** need *********** ****** *********.

Each ***** ******* ***** *****

****** **********, **** ****** is ******* ***** ***** and ********* ******* ******** the *******.

*** ******* ******* ** each **** ** ***** a ******* ** '***** starts' ** ******** *** good *** **** ****** is:

** *** *****, ***-**** quality ***** **** ******* and ******** **** *********** results.

** ***-**** ***** **** recorded ** *********, *** if *****-**** ***** *** desired, ******** **** *** sensor *** ****** ******* scans ** ******.

Reader *************

*** *******-***** '********* *******' replaces ************* ******** **** via ****** *******, *** all ** *** ******** in *** *** *** available, ********* ***, ******, and **** ** ******* outputs.

*** ***** ***** *********** the *************:

Schedule ********* ********

******* ********* ***** **** RB25F ** **** *** device ****** ** ******** schedule **** ********* *** default ******** **** ** the ****** ******.

*** *******, ****** '**** OR ************' *** ********* as * ******* ************** method, *** ******* ** an ******** ******** ****** either '***** ****' ** 'Fingerprints ****', ****** *** default *******.

**** ***** ******** ** prevented ** ****** *** configuring * ****** ******** at ***, * ***** HID ********* ***** ********* the *****:

** *** ***** *** case, *** **** ***** you **** ** ********* with *** ************** **** as ********* ***** *** ignore *********. ** **** use ****, *** **** authentication **** **** ** used **/* ** *******. The ****** ****** **** always ******** *** “*************” schedules.

***, *** ***** ************* has *** ********** ** configure *** “**************” ******** from ****** *** *** Biometric ******* **** ** something ***** **** **/* is *******. *** *******, it ** ******** ** require “**** ****” ** M-F *-* *** “**** + ******” ********* ********* the ********* ***** ** that **** ****** ********** hours.

**-****** ******* ** ******** of **** ******** ****** be ********, **** ************* installers *** ****** *********.

** ****** *** ******* and ********* ***** *****:

Weakness: *** ******** *****

******* ********* ******* ** the ~$*** **** ** held ** *** ********* via * ****** ***** anti-tamper *****.

***** *** ********* * (~$5) ******** ************ ****, we **** ****** *** Allen ******** ** ****** them,* **** **** **** ~$1*** ** ******** ********* at ******** ******.

******* *** **** ** secured ** *** ********** uncommon *****, *** **** of ****** ******* *** very **** ** *** strong ** ****** ** high-security **** *****.

Device ******** & ******** ****

  • ****** * **** ******* iOS **.*.*
  • *** ***** *********** *******, 1.5.0.82 ********
  • *** ********* *******: *.*.***.*****
  • *** ****** ****** ***: 3.5.1 (*)
  • *** ***** *** *******: 1.4.2
  • *** ********* *******: *.*.***.*****
  • ****** ****** ******* **.*.****.** (Official *****) (**-***)
  • ******* ** *** ****, build *****.***

Comments (17)

**, *** ********* ******* contains *** *********** ******** on * ******** ******? Does **** ****** **** a ********** ** *** ACS ** ** ** just ************** *** ***********? Thanks!

****** *** *** *********.

*** ********* ******* ******** the *********** ******** ** a ******** ******?

***, *******

**** **** ****** **** a ********** ** *** ACS ** ** ** just ************** *** ***********?

*** ****** ****** * credential ****** ** *** system ***** *** ****** authenticates *** ******.

**** ****** ** *********** a **** ****** ** whichever ****** **** **** system ****. **** ****** is ********** **** *********** in *** ****** ********** database **** * *********** access ****.

**** **** ****** **** question?

*** *** **** *** network ********* ** *** unit. ************ *********** ******* have **** ******** ** securing ***** ******** ********** (has ****** *** ********* Innometriks ** **** ** TLS?)

*** **** *? ** it's **** ***'* **** as **** ** *** readers ****'** ******** ***** (during ***** ** *** awake *********....)

* ***** **** ** see * **** ** head ******* **** *** the **** ***** ***** is ******* ** ***** vein ********* **********. * could **** **** ***** but * ***** *** amount ** **** ****** also ******* *** *********** and ******** ** *** example ** **** **** have ******** ***** *** be * ** ** points. *** **** ****** of **** **** **** use?

*** ******* **** **** is *** ****** ** it ** **** * LAN ***** **** *** secured ** *** *****... Other ******* *** * control ***** ** ** the **** ** ******** you **** *** ** the ******* **** ***. Just * *******...

* ** **** *********/************ to *** **** **** supports **** ** ***** that ***, *** ****, wrote *** ********... **** OSDP ** ***** **** useful *** ********* ******* in **********.

*'** *** *** ***** their ***** **** **. The **** ******** * number ** '******** *** FUTURE ***' ******* ***** and ******** **********-**** ********* too, ** * ******** update ***** ** *******.

*** ***'* ********* ******* that ********* ******* **** this *** ********* ********* in **** *** ******* which ********* ******* **** end *********, **** *** beyond **** *** ***** way *** *** *** the **** **** *********. I *** ******* ****** with ********* *** ******* them ** **** *****. The **** ****** ******* bio ******* *'** **** are ***, *** ** the **** *** **** bricks ** ***** ***** plastic. ** *** *** a ****** **** *******'* be *** ****.

****** *** *** ***** review ** *** **** accuracies!

*** *** ******* *****-***** OSDP ********** ************? *********, they *** ******* ******* this.

********* ******** **** **** capability *****-** *** **********, offering * **** ****-****** solution. *** ************ ** the *********** *** ********* standards *** **** *** hopefully **** ** ** handle **** ** * standard ******.

*** **** **** * small ********** ** ****** enrolled ** *** ******. Unlike ********** ****** *******, we **** ******** ****** different ***** ************ **** four ******.

**** **** **** (*****, Ryan) ** *** **?

**** ***** ****** ******* fingerprints **************** *******...

**, * ******** ***** (adult ***-****** *******) ****** local ** **. ** mentioned ** *** ****, the ****** **** *** small.

**** ** ********* **** Genetec?

'***********' ** *** ******* or **** (**), ** it **** ******** **** Genetec ********.

*********** ******* **** ****** University ********* ********* ******** and *****. (********* ******** have ** **** ***** than ********* ********* ** Purdue)

********* ******* ** ******* than *********, ***** *****

**’** **** * *** of ***** ** ********* and **** *** ******* but ********.

*** ********* ******* ******** is ***** *** *** readers ********** **** ** be *****.

** **** ******** ******* is **** *** **** speed ** **** *** fairly ******** ** *** reader ** *******.

***********. *** *** ******** the ***** *** *** or ******** ** ************?

*** *** ****** ** all?

****’** *** ******* ******** via ******** ***** ********.

** **** **** ***** issues **** **’** ******* on **** *** ****** the ********** ********.

*** * ** ***** the ********** **** *** has ***** **** ** this ******** *** (* guess) ** ******* **** it. **'* *** **** they ***'* **** **** folks **** * ***-******** reaction.

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