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The Verifi™ C500 provides a perfect smart card tool to the government sector for PIV, FRAC and HSPD-12 initiatives.

Casselberry, FL (PRWEB) October 29, 2011

Best-in-class fingerprint authentication hardware manufacturer and network security solution provider Zvetco Biometrics today announced the FIPS-201 approved Verifi™C500 USB Smart Card Reader. The Verifi™C500 is a logical addition to their FBI and FIPS-201 approved combination readers (smart card/biometric) product line, further expanding the capabilities of Zvetco's award-winning Verifi™ brand readers. The Verifi™C500 provides for simple, one-hand operation in an all metal chassis that delivers unparalleled durability. The most demanding government users will be pleased with its rugged construction and increased electro-static (ESD) protections. ESD has been known to kill embedded chips of smart cards in the field. Zvetco has applied its extensive knowledge of ESD to this device making damaged chips due to ESD a thing of the past. This is a significant breakthrough as up-time is of the utmost importance and a “dead” smart card means lost productivity or worse. Certified to meet FIPS-201 standards and using SCM’s smart card controller chip, the Verifi™ C500 leverages the same award-winning technologies that have made SCM and Zvetco the leading smart card device suppliers in the world today.

"By selecting Zvetco's C500 card reader, government agencies can realize significant savings in operating costs by eliminating the number one cause of smart card failure – ESD. Given that current budgets are frozen or reducing, having a rugged, all-metal reader that will last for years of heavy use while reducing costly emergency smart card replacements frees operational budget for use elsewhere. This is particularly important for Federal, State and Local Government, PIV (Personal Identity Verification) and FRAC (First Responder Authentication Card) applications where millions of cards have been issued and are seeing greater use for logical access control," said Eusebio Coterillo, VP Sales of Zvetco Biometrics. "Moreover, Zvetco's new Verifi™ C500 smart card reader is PCSC compliant therefore drivers come standard with Windows and are available for other environments as well."

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) approval will enable government-wide acquisition through GSA's Approved Products List (APL) for FIPS 201 implementations. The GSA FIPS 201 Approved Products List may be viewed at with a Zvetco approval number for the C500 of 613.

Zvetco's Verifi™ C500 is an especially ideal solution for protecting government desktops and networks everywhere. The C500 is designed to facilitate government logical access -- the protection of personal computers and electronic data to help prevent the insider threat. The Verifi™ C500 is also compatible with existing smart card technologies including the Department of Defense CAC card, Gemalto, Oberthur and almost all major smart cards as well as most enterprise PKI software solutions such as ActivIdentity’s ActivClient and CMS, Intercede products, almost all certificate authorities; especially, Verisign,Thawte, Geotrust, Entrust, DigiCert, and other applications that support PKI and smart cards.

Zvetco's Verifi™ C500 fingerprint reader stands out from competing products with its solid aluminum construction and commercial grade powder coat finishing for unparalleled durability and ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) immunity. This is another step in our growing Verifi™ FIPS-201 line of biometric and smart card readers that include the P6000 single fingerprint biometric reader and the P5500 and P6500 combination smart card & biometric readers. For specifications of the Verifi™ C500 Smart Card Reader and the entire line of Zvetco FIPS-201 certified and standard devices please view the data sheets at Zvetco Biometrics' Website.

Pricing and Availability
The Verifi™ C500 is available immediately as a stand-alone USB smart card reader for $39 online price. Reseller pricing and quantity discounts are available for all Zvetco products. Zvetco offers private labeling for all hardware and a variety of software solutions for both client/server and desktop deployments. For more information or to purchase online, visit or contact an authorized Zvetco Biometrics reseller or retail partner.

About Zvetco Biometrics

Zvetco Biometrics is a manufacturer of best-in-class identity authentication hardware and provider of identity management solutions. Founded in 1999, Zvetco provides its customers in corporate enterprise, government, financial services, healthcare, gaming, food services and point-of-sale with cost-effective network security tools that prevent identity theft, increase accountability and eliminate the cost and inconvenience of password-based access. Zvetco Biometrics' Verifi™ line of biometric products incorporates precision fingerprint-sensing technology into ergonomic computer peripherals that deliver unparalleled performance, reliability and convenience. Available in multiple form factors, Verifi™ products use proven AuthenTec and UPEK sensor technology, offer a rugged, elegant design, a standard USB interface, enhanced security and convenience, private labeling and other custom options.

Verifi™ is a trademark of Zvetco Biometrics. All other trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contact: Christy Elliott, Zvetco Media Director Phone: (407) 681-0111 Extension: 804