Pretec Electronics Corp. has announced a drive it calls the "largest capacity fingerprint USB flash storage device in the world today." i-Disk Touch", a multi-function 4GB USB flash storage device with fingerprint biometrics security is designed to address growing demand for a popular and inexpensive mobile storage device which can secure and delegate access to sensitive data fearlessly and without cumbersome processes.
The proven fingerprint biometrics security makes sure data can only be accessed by (up to ten) authorized users without the need to bring keys or remember long strings of passwords. It not only secures data access, but the data itself; depending on user requirements individual files or entire directories can be securely encoded with Pretec i-Disk Touch and made available again when needed.
The biometrics security function of i-Disk Touch is only one part of a suite of security offerings which also includes additional software and/or hardware protection of data access through password protection; a protected key which can lock the PC from unauthorized use; or as a parental guard to prevent unauthorized access to forbidden websites, etc. Instead of using the traditional "Area" fingerprint sensor which requires the use of multiple devices taking up additional space at additional cost, the "stripe" fingerprint sensor in i-Disk Touch is coupled with a new monolithic single-chip solution; an innovative design in which i-Disk Touch can achieve a smaller footprint, larger capacity, and cost-effective way to secure data and content access for any home or office with security concerns.
i-Disk Touch is the center of Pretec multiple-function USB products offering both memory and I/O capabilities, which includes the currently available i-Disk BT (USB Flash + Bluetooth), i-Disk WLAN (with Wi-Fi connectivity) and many others which Pretec will launch in the next few months.
Another Pretec multiple function USB product introduced at CES is the Pretec e-Disk II+, a 512MB USB flash drive with built-in card reader, which such device can expand from 512MB to 4.5GB by inserting an optional Pretec 4GB SD/MMC card. Both i-Disk Touch and e-Disk II+ are available now with mass production scheduled next month.