SA-based biometrics experts Ideco will travel to the US next week for the global launch of its new all-in-one mobile biometrics unit, which it expects to take the identification world by storm.

The unit, dubbed BIMS – Biometric Identity Management System – and its supporting system were designed and built in South Africa at a cost of over R20-million in R&D and two and a half years of man hours by a team of skilled software and firmware developers and engineers.

BIMS will be unveiled for the first time at the connectID 2016 conference and expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, US, from 14 – 16 March.

Encapsulated in a device, the size of a ruggedised laptop, BIMS is capable of six biometric modalities and delivers a full range of connectivity options including Bluetooth, WiFi, GSM, GPS, LAN and Cloud.

Multi-functional and uniquely configurable, the unit has been designed to the world’s most stringent hardware and software security standards, and harnesses intelligent power management for prolonged battery life of up to 12 hours.

BIMS enables biometric identification across a range of modalities – from fingerprint through to iris scanning – as well as being highly mobile and readily configurable. It can be rolled out rapidly in any environment requiring agile identification and processing of crowds.

Ideco CEO Marius Coetzee says they selected this event for the launch because BIMS is a solution of international significance. “It is unlike any other solution currently on the market for biometric user identification and access control. It enables agile, rapid roll-out of advanced biometrics-based solution; and has relevance for both the public and private sector across any number of verticals.”

“The need for secure and authentic identity management has reached crisis proportions globally, with demand for advanced biometrics surging. The biometrics systems market is predicted to be worth anything from $15-billion$24-billion,” he explains.

However, most of the systems currently on the market offer single factor authentication. Before the advent of BIMS, none could deliver six modalities in a single portable device, which can be used in any configuration for multiple levels of identification, as well as integrating into existing enterprise systems quickly and easily.

With the intelligent use of APIs, the solution can be integrated with any backend system. This is a world first multi-modal, multi-functional, uniquely configurable mobile identity management solution. BIMS’ mobile and uniquely configurable abilities facilitate both identity enrolment and identity validation efficiently, securely and authentically at any place, any time.

Ideco sees use cases for BIMS in all sectors where identification is relevant, including Government departments such as Home Affairs, SAPS, Metro Police, licensing, customs and border control, health services delivery and education. It also appeals to private sector verticals such as financial, banking, medical and mining.

BIMS offers significant advantages for temporary installations such as election administration, surges in cross border traffic and criminal identification, due to its compact form factor and ease of installation.

Coetzee says as a local biometrics pioneer, Ideco has moved over the past decade from biometrics systems distribution to in-house development and design at its headquarters in Centurion.

“Working in collaboration for nearly three years, Ideco’s executive staff and software developers, TUB’s electronic engineers and firmware developers, academics from the University of Stellenbosch Engineering faculty and experts from UV Tooling and Steinhobel Design, developed BIMS to fill a gap in the global market.”

“There was a need for an eminently configurable, mobile advanced biometrics identification unit. With design and testing complete, the prototypes will be showcased in Washington for the first time next week, and full production and go-to-market is scheduled for June this year,” he explains.

Due to the huge potential for mass adoption of BIMS solutions around the world, Ideco is currently in talks with international technology companies on distribution partnerships,” concludes Coetzee.

For more information contact Ideco on 086 104 3326 (IDECO) or visit