KEYnote 27 English - Spring 2014 | Page 19

CASE S T U DY GenKey success story GenKey is founded on two technological pillars. On the one hand, they have originated a special process for biometric data matching which features a speed rate of up to a hundred million fingerprint matches per second on a single CPU, approximately ten thousand times faster than standard techniques. On the other hand, their technology secures the biometric data to the extent that no additional cryptography is required to comply with privacy laws. To secure its software code, GenKey deploys CodeMeter, Wibu-Systems’ flagship product for protection, licensing and security demands. One of its main advantages is that it can be integrated at the end of the production process without changing the source code. Another benefit is that CodeMeter is a one-stop solution for licensing permissions, code protection, as well as a vehicle to secure others’ application data. Moreover, the security solution from WibuSystems is hardware independent. When each systems boots up, the embedded software calls up this file, using a digital signature to verify if it is original. No additional hardware is required. The results The implementation of CodeMeter eliminates the monumental costs and logistics associated with a national election. It ensures a high level of security and integrity of biometric data, additionally protecting the GenKey software against potential counterfeiting and misuse during polls. The challenge Elections in the African country Ghana involve some fifteen million voters, each requiring individual fingerprint identity accreditation. The challenge is to prevent fraud and protect the GenKey software in the countrywide deployment of up to 26 thousand voting machines. The solution Before a GenKey system is shipped, it is loaded with software that is protected with CodeMeter. This software from Wibu-Systems encrypts the GenKey code, bundling it with a license file into a complete package.   Tom Kevenaar, Director Tec hnology, GenKey “The development of the GenKey technology required over fifty man-years of research and development so there is a significant value in the software that we put at the disposal of customers in developing countries for democratic elections. Our ultimate goal is to finally stop fraud at the detriment of our software by eradicating the possibility of illegal copy and misuse.“ 19