Orange County Election Office Complements BIO Keyed Fingerprint Scanners with PortalGuard IAM Solution


The Orange County Election Office Supervisor in Florida has expanded his relationship with BIO-key. The Election Office had already deployed BIO-key’s EcoID scanner in 2019 and will now complement it with the PortalGuard identity and access management solution to further consolidate its identity and access management operations.

BIO-key highlighted the seasonal nature of electoral work as a key factor in the county’s decision. In this regard, he noted that election offices often have a large number of full-time and part-time workers, in addition to volunteer staff in the run-up to elections. The Office needs to onboard all these workers as quickly and efficiently as possible, while ensuring that only authorized workers have access to sensitive voter data.

PortalGuard offers a viable solution to this problem. The platform supports sixteen authentication factors (including multiple biometric authentication factors) and generates a verifiable record of every login event. This means the office knows exactly who has access to what information, even when staff members log in from shared desktops, as is often the case in Orange County.

PortalGuard is compatible with EcoID scanners, which are FIPS compliant. The election office used scanners to identify employees through fingerprint recognition.

“Our growing engagement with the County Election Office Supervisor confirms that we understand their unique security use cases and that our bespoke IAM solutions meet their needs,” said BIO-key President and CEO Mike DePasquale. “BIO-key empowers election officials to meet the challenges of a changing threat landscape in an easy-to-deploy and cost-effective way. “

BIO-key recently unveiled the EcoID II, the latest version of its USB fingerprint reader. PortalGuard, meanwhile, has proven to be extremely popular with academic institutions and government agencies, including the Ministries of Justice and Defense. BIO-key also took PortalGuard to the National Association of Counties conference in July.

August 27, 2021 – by Eric Weiss


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