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BIO-key Windows Solutions

BIO-key is a Microsoft Partner and was the exclusive fingerprint biometric technology company to be included in the national Ignite Your Business enterprise launch of Windows® 10. BIO-key’s line of compact readers SideSwipe, SideTouch and EcoID all offer plug and play one touch biometric fingerprint sign-in with Windows Hello.

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ID Director for Microsoft Active Directory

BIO-key ID Director for Windows is an advanced fingerprint authentication solution designed to support biometric fingerprint logon to Windows for Microsoft Active Directory domain users.  This technology allows users to enroll their fingerprint biometric credentials into a secure, centralized repository, and authenticate to a Microsoft® domain from any authorized Windows device using their domain username and a fingerprint only, fingerprint + PIN, or fingerprint + domain password, depending upon the security policies enforced for the device. ID Director for Windows supports fingerprint authentication on dedicated workstations as well as shared workstations and kiosks.  Computers may be connected to the corporate network via LAN, WAN, VPN, etc. with access to the authentication servers and domain controllers, or they may authenticate offline using an encrypted local cache, to allow full support for mobile users.

Supported Platforms


Users are able to perform authentication with fingerprint readers on all currently supported Windows® operating systems, including Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 devices, as well as Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016.  ID Director for Windows is integrated into Windows as a Credential Provider (CP), which supports the use of fingerprint for primary authentication, as well as other system authentication scenarios where the Windows® Credential Provider is presented to the user for logon to Active Directory. 

For example, BIO-key's fingerprint logon will activate when:

  • Connecting to Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)
  • Running applications that require administrator-level permission required by User Account Control (UAC) settings
  • Running applications using “Run as Administrator”
  • Accessing network resources, or any time the Windows Security window is presented
  • Any Microsoft or custom applications that support or require authentication to Active Directory via the Windows® Credential Provider, such as Microsoft Outlook® and SharePoint®, will prompt for fingerprint authentication.