ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies of Walluf, Germany, has introduced the OMNIKEY CardMan 7121 smart-card reader, which combines contact smart-card technology with fingerprint recognition. The desktop device is especially designed for logical access control systems in high-security environments. Using swipe-sensor technology from AuthenTec, Inc., of Melbourne, Florida, it allows threefold authentication via card, PIN, and fingerprint and can easily be integrated into existing and new biometric access security solutions. The device supports plug-and-play installation and connects to a PC via a USB connection. The individual’s encrypted biometric information is stored directly on the smart card rather than on a central database to protect privacy.