LynxOS Provides Real-time ID for Advanced Biometric Security Solutions

4/30/2003 - LynuxWorksTM, Inc., announced that its real-time operating system (RTOS), LynxOS®, has been chosen as a preferred software platform for Cogent Systems® high-performance biometric identification products and services. LynxOS will provide the high levels of determinism and interoperability required by Cogent's unique security systems for customers in law enforcement, civil government, and commercial markets.

Cogent's products perform biometric comparisons of a person's specific physiological or behavioral characteristics through a process of image flow processing, data flow computing, and information fusion. This process is used in applications such as finger and palm-print authentication and verification systems, and requires a high level of determinism to ensure reliable and timely results. The LynxOS kernel not only provides hard real-time determinism, but also a POSIX-, UNIX®- and Linux®-compatible API that allows for the interoperability necessary to rapidly integrate Cogent's systems into a wide variety of existing security infrastructures. Cogent customers are then able to more quickly build and deploy their systems into high-security environments.

We now live in a world where security systems are much more prevalent, and much more complex," said Henry Xue, chief engineer of Cogent. "LynxOS is a very reliable hard real-time operating system. We are very happy to have selected it for one of our current products."

Complex security systems are a perfect application for LynxOS, where real-time performance and reliability are absolutely essential," said Bob Morris, vice president of sales and marketing for LynuxWorks. "LynuxWorks is proud to be entering the burgeoning biometric security market with a leading provider like Cogent, whose identification solutions represent some of the most cutting-edge technologies in the industry."

About Cogent Systems
Cogent Systems, Inc. is the world's leading supplier of reliable, high-speed and fully integrated automated palm and fingerprint identification solutions. From advanced law enforcement identification systems to real-time border control systems to web-based identification solutions to hand-held and complete biometric identification systems on a single chip, Cogent Systems offers the most accurate, most reliable and most cost-effective systems available today. Headquartered in South Pasadena, California, Cogent has offices in Washington, D.C.; London, Ohio; London, England; Vienna, Austria and Taipei, Taiwan. More information on Cogent Systems, Inc. can be accessed via the Company web site at or by calling Gerry Schmidt, Director of Sales and Marketing at +1 626-799-8090.

About LynuxWorks
LynuxWorks is a world leader in the embedded software market, providing operating systems, software development products and consulting services for the world's most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a founding member of the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a leading participant in the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Josť, California. The company's products include the open-source BlueCat® Linux and the scalable, Linux-compatible LynxOS real-time operating system. World-class companies use LynuxWorks' products, including: 3Com, Alcatel, Boeing, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Marconi, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC USA, Raytheon, TRW and Xerox.

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS and BlueCat are registered trademarks of LynuxWorks, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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