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South African technology leads the world

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Technology, that puts an end to unauthorised access to personal computers and fraud over the Internet, was launched in Johannesburg today. The application of this sophisticated radio frequency identification technology (RFID) is a world first and is expected to revolutionise real time resource control.

Pioneers of this long awaited technology are Automated Identification Technologies (AIT), specialists in automated identification and radio frequency data transferring technology. This breakthrough has been greeted with much enthusiasm and interest by major IT companies around the world, said chairman, Michael Victor.

"There is a vast emerging need for the automatic electronic identification of people and assets, and the integration of the obtained data in a meaningful resource control information system. The Link-it Orbiter technology is a concept that is the start of a new era in identification. The application possibilities are endless," he said.

It is estimated that there are half a billion computers in use throughout the world that increases by 130 million annually - all potential users of the Orbiter system. However, the technology is not limited to personal computers, says the inventor of the Link-it Orbiter, Terry Ashwin. There are many other applications ranging from, access control, motor immobilisation, insurance, banking, correctional service industries as well as e-commerce. "This technology is going to have a huge impact on the prevention of fraud on the Internet," he said.

AIT has already opened a distribution office in the United Kingdom that is fully operational and is about to open another office in Silicon Valley in California, USA. "We will be expanding into Germany, France, Italy, the Pacific Rim and South America next year. We anticipate achieving global coverage within eighteen months," said Victor.

AIT is currently involved in a massive project in the European Community and is working closely with NAAMSA, Business Against Crime and the National Crime Prevention Strategy, amongst others. The next step is to introduce the technology to local and national government.

The Link-it Orbiter system consists of three elements: A transmitter, receiver and software. The transmitter is worn as an ID or an access control card, that is small enough to slip into a shirt pocket or clip onto a belt. At regular intervals it transmits the user`s exclusive identification code to the Orbiter receiver which keeps the computer operational. As soon as the user walks away from the computer, the receiver ceases to receive the code and automatically inhibits unauthorised access. No action, other than the re-introduction of the valid Orbiter transmitter, will allow access to the computer. In the event of theft, no amount of tampering will reactivate the mechanism because the method of data encryption is randomly changing all the time. This ultimately will remove the incentive for theft, as the computer will be immobilised.

Another advantage of Link-it Orbiter is its cost effectiveness. The basic package which consists of the receiver, the Orbiter, two access cards and the software will retail at under R400. Any non-technical person will be able to install it and it is not dependent on any external system.

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