WALL, N.J., Aug. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), an innovative provider of identity and access management (IAM) solutions powered by biometrics, today announced that Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA; University of Mount Olive, Mount Olive, NC; and East Georgia State College, Swainsboro, GA have chosen to integrate BIO-key’s PortalGuard identity and access management solution along with the Campus.app digital education portal to provide their students with secure and user-friendly single-sign-on (SSO), password enablement and reset capabilities paired with an enhanced digital campus portal solution. BIO-key and Campus have partnered to deliver flexible security and user-access solutions to higher education institutions, whether they employ on-campus, remote or hybrid learning models. The combined solution is particularly attractive to institutions seeking to provide secure student access despite the unique location challenges posed by the pandemic.

Reading Area Community College’s objective was to identify a self-service password enrollment and secure reset process for students. Additionally, the school wanted to deploy a SSO solution for students to access the modern, front-end portal solution delivered by Campus.app. East Georgia State College also sought an SSO solution to secure access to key institutional software and content, organized in the Campus.app portal.  The University of Mount Olive chose the combined solution for its enhanced security, communication capabilities and its parity of access across all devices.  The combined PortalGuard / Campus.app solution is designed to be easily administered by an IT team, while providing users with friction-free access and the ability to manage frequently visited educational apps and content.

“One of our biggest concerns was migrating from the existing portal with integrated single sign-on to two separate solutions in a six-week period.  The team at PortalGuard was able to address all of our concerns prior to launch.  Portal Guard worked with our team and new portal provider to ensure a successful launch.  Users are extremely pleased with the new look portal and our password reset call volume has gone down,” said Anderson Forrest, BS MCP MCSA CCNP, Director of Information Technology – CIO, Reading Area Community College.

Each school will be using the combined solution as a secure, one-stop portal platform to deliver community access in a safe and secure manner.  Together Campus.app and PortalGuard offer simplicity and ease of use for accessing and managing popular higher-ed technologies, data and content.  Moving forward students will use the combined solution in all aspects of their daily lives, including accessing learning management systems, account balances, grades, and financial aid status, regardless of whether on campus or remote – enabling an integrated digital campus experience.

“Our partnership with Campus, a new member of the BIO-key Channel Alliance Program (CAP), has captured strong interest because improving the student experience is such a critical success factor for schools today,” said March Cochran, President of PortalGuard. “Schools are telling us that they need to provide students a modern user experience for educational apps while also ensuring that online access is secure and convenient.  We are pleased that our integrated offering with Campus.app delivers both the rich user experience and fast time to value that is required to meet the new demands placed on the higher-ed community.”

“Since announcing our partnership in April, we've now successfully engaged with and onboarded several new institutions as joint customers," said Chase Williams, Campus CEO.  "We're hearing over and over from the market that our two companies’ shared commitment to partner success and getting schools setup and running in a condensed timeframe has really helped our customers weather the pandemic storm.  We're thrilled to help schools regardless of whether students are on campus or remote.”

About BIO-key International, Inc. (www.bio-key.com)
BIO-key is revolutionizing authentication with biometric centric, multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) solutions, including its PortalGuard IAM solution, that provide convenient and secure access to devices, information, applications and high-value transactions. BIO-key’s proprietary software and hardware solutions, with industry leading biometric capabilities, enable large-scale on-premise and Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions as well as customized enterprise and cloud solutions.

About Campus (www.campus.app)
Campus is the leading web portal and mobile app software and support services provider for Higher Education. With a team of former university executives and technologists, Campus is rapidly replacing outdated portals with a modern, cloud-hosted platform that reduces costs, saves time and connects college constituents with a personalized one-stop-shop so they can thrive and succeed. Campus has offices in Denver (headquarters), New York and Melbourne, and is the flagship product of Ucroo Incorporated.

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