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KSI Introduces Easy-to-Identify “CodeRed” Keyboard for Use at Designated Healthcare Downtime Workstations

The Red Finish of KSI’s Disinfect-able, Desktop Security LinkSmart® Keyboard with San-a-Key® Software Offers a Strong Visual Cue for Downtime Workstations

Oakland, CA (July 10, 2017) – Key Source International today announced the debut of its CodeRed 1700 Series Keyboard for use by clinicians at designated healthcare downtime workstations. With its vibrant red finish, the CodeRed provides clear distinction between standard and downtime workstations, and an important visual cue as to which workstations are designated for use during sudden system outages and scheduled server maintenance. The CodeRed Keyboard aids seamless continuity of hospital workflow during repair and upgrade of mission critical systems.

“Clinicians are now able to easily spot workstations assigned as downtime workstations,” said KSI President & CEO Philip Bruno, “and users enjoy the same mix-and-match options, compatibility, and compliance offered by our best-selling black 1700 series keyboards.”

Integral to the utility of 1700 series keyboards is the KSI Technology Top Strip that holds a variety of embedded mix-and-match security and infection control component options, including KSI’s patented, award-winning LinkSmart® cleaning button. An end user needs only push the distinctive, red LinkSmart® button to disengage keys and prevent the input of errant data. Using approved germicidal wipes, the surface is disinfected during a brief cleaning cycle before keys reengage for resumption of normal input. Download of KSI’s optional San-a-Key® software adds access to scheduled cleaning, onscreen end user cleaning prompts, an animated cleaning aid, plus powerful analytics that comprise a total infection control program. With San-a-Key®, clinicians are now able to determine when, where and by whom a KSI keyboard was cleaned on an enterprise-wide basis.

Top Strip integration of RFIDeas® dual band card reader makes contactless “tap-in, tap-out” logon-logoff fast and easy. When combined with an embedded silicon-surfaced pro-grade 500dpi Crossmatch fingerprint sensor, customers are ensured irrefutable dual authentication that is ePrescribe and FIPS 201 compliant. The RFIDeas® card reader and Crossmatch sensor are fully compatible with leading SSO and EMR applications.

“The CodeRed is the go-to device at downtime workstations,” said Product Manager Deanne VanKirk. “Brightly colored and clearly labeled to affirm its purpose as a workflow aid in downtime situations, CodeRed is a premium keyboard and comprehensive solution for infection prevention and user authentication unavailable in other medical keyboards.”

As with all KSI product lines, the company stands behind its 1700 series with a three-year keyboard warranty, an unmatched value in the healthcare industry.

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KSI Takes Convenience to a New Level with the Introduction of 1700 Series Top-Lit Keyboards for Healthcare

Integrated top-lighting adds one more convenience to KSI’s disinfect-able, desktop security LinkSmart® Keyboard with San-a-Key® Software

Oakland, CA (July 6, 2017) – Key Source International (KSI) today announced the debut of 1700 Series Top-Lit Keyboards for use by clinicians in darkened hospital rooms. KSI’s new innovation enables efficient input while leaving patients undisturbed.

Perfect for bedside care, KSI’s top-lit series features integrated micro-LEDs that bathe each key in soft illumination. Patients are left to rest while clinicians are allowed to maintain workflow in darkened conditions. Three levels of illumination are accessed with successive depressions of a conveniently-positioned on-off button. Twenty LEDs wash the keyboard surface with gentle light that facilitates efficient input. The low profile, full travel keys of 1700 series keyboards are easy to clean, speed up data entry, and enable quiet, unobtrusive care.

Several important studies point to patient sleep deprivation during hospital stays as being of major concern to the medical community, with a high proportion of patients reporting sleep loss due to environmental factors such as excessive lighting.

“Our top-lit LinkSmart® keyboard is the solution for maintaining productivity of healthcare workers and supporting best practices for improved care while safeguarding the desktop,” said KSI President & CEO Philip Bruno. “Top-lighting is just the latest company innovation that maximizes functionality of the 1700 series Technology Top Strip.”

Central to the utility of 1700 series keyboards is the KSI Technology Top Strip that holds a variety of integrated mix-and-match security and infection control component options, including the company’s patented, award-winning LinkSmart® cleaning button. An end user needs only push the distinctive, red LinkSmart® button to disengage keys and prevent the input of errant data. Using approved germicidal wipes, the surface is disinfected during a brief cleaning cycle before keys reengage for resumption of normal input. Download of KSI’s optional San-a-Key® software adds access to scheduled cleaning, onscreen end user cleaning prompts, an animated cleaning aid, plus powerful analytics that comprise a total infection control program. With San-a-Key®, clinicians are now able to determine when, where and by whom a KSI top-lit keyboard was cleaned on an enterprise-wide basis.

Top Strip integration of RFIDeas® dual band card reader makes contactless “tap-in, tap-out” logon-logoff fast and easy. When combined with an embedded silicon-surfaced pro-grade 500dpi Crossmatch fingerprint sensor, customers are ensured irrefutable dual authentication that is ePrescribe and FIPS 201 compliant. The RFIDeas® card reader and Crossmatch sensor are fully compatible with leading SSO and EMR applications.

“The 1700 series is an all-in-one product, truly unique in the healthcare marketplace,” said Product Manager Deanne VanKirk. “No single device goes further in protecting the clinical desktop from infection, and internal and external cyber threats. With the added convenience of top-lighting, our product team has thought of everything in helping clinicians maintain peak performance – all through one USB port.”

As with all KSI product lines, the company stands behind its 1700 series with a three-year keyboard warranty, an unmatched value in the healthcare industry and an investment in quality.

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KSI Debuts Award-Winning Disinfect-able Keyboard at HIMSS 2017 – RFID, Biometric Security, and Infection Control in a Single Device

 KSI-1802R SX is the Only Keyboard that Combines Dual Factor Authentication with a Complete User-Defined Infection Control Program

Oakland, CA (February 17, 2017) – Key Source International will unveil a new, innovative medical keyboard, the KSI-1802R SX, at HIMSS 2017, to be held February 19-22 in Orlando, FL.

In partnering with RFIDeas and Crossmatch, KSI has designed an extraordinary product in the KSI-1802R SX. An integrated dual band card reader that facilitates contact-less smart card logon, together with a silicon-surfaced pro-grade 500dpi fingerprint sensor, protects the clinical desktop and ensures irrefutable dual authentication that is ePrescribe, I-STOP and FIPS 201 compliant.

The KSI-1802R SX’s smooth, crevice-free surface – impervious to penetration by dirt and liquids – can be scrubbed, sprayed or wiped clean to eliminate 98% of harmful germs that cause hospital-acquired infections. An end user needs only to push the keyboard’s distinctive, award-winning LinkSmart™ button to disengage keys and prevent the input of errant data. Using approved cleaning products, the surface is disinfected during a brief cleaning cycle before the keys reengage for resumption of normal input. Download of KSI’s optional San-a-Key® software adds access to scheduled cleaning, onscreen end user cleaning prompts, an animated cleaning aid, plus powerful analytics that comprise a total infection control program. With San-a-Key®, clinicians are now able to determine when, where and by whom a KSI keyboard was cleaned on an enterprise-wide basis.

“In the 1802, KSI has developed a remarkable product, unique to the healthcare marketplace – one that holds the promise of saving countless patient lives while providing the highest level of desktop security available today,” said KSI CEO Philip J. Bruno. “Ease of use, award-winning technology, compatibility with leading SSO software, and an abundance of mix and match options set the KSI-1802R SX apart from all other input devices in meeting the demands of healthcare and government compliance. Our new keyboard is a premier, feature-packed germ-fighting tool that benefits hospital administrators, infection prevention professionals on the frontline of providing care, and the entire patient population.”

With nearly 100,000 hospital-acquired infection-associated deaths in the U.S. each year, and so-called doctor shopping on the rise, the KSI-1802R SX is an essential tool in the healthcare professional’s arsenal to ensure patient safety and support the use of electronic health records. Set to become an industry standard in patient care, KSI’s new keyboard marries the tactile response expected in a quality keyboard with specialized security and infection control options engineered specifically for the healthcare market.

“Our new clinical device is the outcome of our long experience and listening to the needs of customers,” said Product Manager Deanne VanKirk. “A primary benefit of the KSI-1802 is the convenience it offers to healthcare. LinkSmart™ technology ensures that our keyboard is always clean and never requires removal from service to wash in a sink or dishwasher. Nonetheless, a detachable USB makes removal a snap, without impact to the cabling bundle. The keyboard’s compact footprint fits nicely on all standard medical carts, and a handy backlighting feature with three levels of illumination is indispensable for those clinicians who work in darkened environments.”

As with every one of KSI’s product lines, the company stands behind the KSI-1802R SX with a three-year warranty and incomparable customer service.

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AHE Innovation Award:  Industry Leaders, Products, Services and Technology Achievements Are Recognized

Chicago, IL – October 7, 2016 – The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) announced today that Key Source International is the third ever environmental services industry leader to be presented with AHE’s prestigious Innovation Award.

The award was developed by the AHE Industry Advisory Task Force to recognize and increase awareness of improved products and processes and technology advancements that empower individuals to improve measured outcomes in the healthcare environment.  AHE recognized the importance of being inclusive in its efforts to acknowledge the “best and brightest” and looked to challenge the existing expectations of performance, behavior, engineering and quality outcomes through innovation.ahe-logo

Key Source International’s San-a-Key® Healthcare Technology System was selected because it transforms keyboards – a leading carrier of Hospital Associated Infections – into a clean, customizable, real-time tool that fights cross contamination, improves workflow, saves money and contributes big data.  Receiving honorable mention is the ecotrash® PTC® & ZeroWaste® Bins by Compaction Technologies, Inc.

AHE was pleased that the third year of the competition received twelve highly competitive submissions from industry leaders, including Fresh Wave IAQ (OMI Industries), Square Scrub, UMF Corporation, Clorox Professional Products Company, Compaction Technologies, Inc., Daylight Medical, Inc., Sealed Air Diversey Care, Karcher, Key Source International, and Surfacide, LLC.

Additional insight into these innovations will be published in upcoming issues of Health Facilities Management magazine and AHE’s quarterly EXPLORE magazine.

For more information about AHE’s Awards and Recognition Program, visit www.ahe.org/awards.

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Key Source International Named Winner of the 2016 Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Innovation Award sponsored by American Hospital Association®

Pittsburgh, PA – September 26, 2016 – Key Source has been presented with the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Innovation Award for its Healthcare Desktop System with the LinkSmart Keyboard™ Powered by San-a-Key® Software for Infection Prevention – the only user-defined keyboard monitoring system designed to aid in the control of cross contamination and the spread of germs at the clinical desktop.  First introduced in 2013, the AHE Innovation Award recognizes and increases awareness of products, processes and technology advancements that empower individuals to improve measured outcomes in the healthcare environment.

Electronic health records require that clinicians spend as much as 50% of their shift entering data. Just knowing that keyboard surfaces can be disinfected between use, by anyone, at any time, can give users incredible peace of mind. It also gives professionals, whose task it is to reduce hospital acquired infections, the ability to monitor and control the spread of germs at this key point of transmission.

The unique part of the San-a-Key® LinkSmart™ System is its patented, real-time enterprise-managed analytics.  This unprecedented combination of smart hardware, featuring the LinkSmart™ keyboard and San-a-Key® software, linked smartly together, gives infection control professionals the knowledge of who cleaned a particular keyboard and where, as well as when, throughout the entire clinical facility.  User-defined notifications are pushed to the desktop, indicating the keyboard is in need of disinfecting.

The great feature of this product, unlike other, so-called washable keyboards, is there’s no need to ever remove the LinkSmart™ keyboard from service to wash in a sink or dishwasher.  98% of all germs can be disinfected right at the desktop, without down time, without cable management issues, and most importantly, with the ability to have a healthy and clean typing surface anytime, anywhere!  The LinkSmart™ keyboard also features backlit key tops with three levels of illumination, perfect for data entry where patient care requires a darken environment.

By placing valuable analytic data in the right hands at the right time, the infection prevention team can be empowered to efficiently focus resources on emerging trends in hospital-acquired infections and multiple-drug resistant organisms that exist on keyboard surfaces.  Our system provides for a central data collection point to manage the disinfecting of keyboard surfaces and the ability to set disinfecting kill times for identified strains that are particularly virulent, before the keyboard goes back into service.

The LinkSmart™ keyboard system with San-a-Key® is the result of listening to customers and years of experience in the healthcare industry. “Key Source is both humbled and proud to receive such an award, especially competing against some of the top companies that play a critical role in delivering infection prevention as well as exceptional and safe patient care,” says Deanne VanKirk, LinkSmart Product Manager.

For more information about AHE or the Innovation Award, visit www.AHE.org.

About Key Source International

Key Source International – a global company headquartered in Oakland, California – has been delivering high-end hardware and software technology solutions for more than 35 years. Healthcare partners include ImprivataCaradigm, HealthCast, Epic and CDW Healthcare.  KSI, along with its partners, offer secure, compliant and scalable solutions that are compatible with HIPAA and DEA ePrescribe. KSI is also proficient in retail automation, banking, and telecommunications involving password replacement using biometrics, near field communication, contact-less smart cards and legacy HID badges.  KSI’s focus has always been on enhancing the user experience, securing the desktop, and meeting rigorous government regulations with total customer satisfaction.

About AHE

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association.  AHE is the professional organization of choice for professionals responsible for caring for the patient and resident care environment across all care settings, including hospitals, long term care, continuing care retirement communities and ambulatory care.  AHE shapes professional practice, advances and promotes the profession, and promotes awareness for over 2,000 professionals working to ensure a clean and safe healthcare environment and quality outcomes.

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The Leader in Healthcare Desktop Solutions,
Key Source International, Launches KSI-1801 LinkSmart™ Keyboard Powered by San-a-Key® Software for Infection Prevention

The Only User-Defined Keyboard Monitoring System Designed to Aid in the Control of Cross Contamination

Oakland, CA (September 20, 2016) – At the 2016 Exchange Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, to be held September 25–28, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA and sponsored by Association for the Healthcare Environment, Key Source International will introduce the most innovative desktop solution for the prevention of cross contamination and the spread of germs and disease in the clinical environment.

The KSI San-a-Key® keyboard with LinkSmart™ patented technology.


There are nearly a hundred thousand hospital-acquired-infection-associated deaths in the United States each year – most are preventable with the right tools. Conventional computer keyboards, like the ones that come standard with your computer, are not the right tool for healthcare!

Now there is an unconventional keyboard that not only answers all the needs of infection prevention professionals, but takes the process of combatting harmful bacteria to a whole new level with user-defined software.

Electronic health records require that clinicians spend as much as 50% of their shift entering data. Just knowing that keyboard surfaces can be disinfected between use, by anyone, at any time, can give users incredible peace of mind. It also gives the professionals, whose task it is to reduce hospital acquired infections, the ability to monitor and control the spread of germs at this key point of transmission.

The unique part of the San-a-Key® LinkSmart™ System is its patented, real-time enterprise-managed analytics. This unprecedented combination of smart hardware, featuring the LinkSmart™ keyboard and San-a-Key® software, linked smartly together, gives infection control professionals the knowledge of who cleaned a particular keyboard and where, as well as when, throughout the entire facility. User-defined notifications are pushed to the desktop, indicating the keyboard is in need of disinfecting.

To disinfect the keyboard surface, just push the onboard cleaning button to immediately disengage the keyboard from the computer system. LEDs on the keyboard flash simultaneously, indicating cleaning mode and allowing the freedom to scrub, wipe and spray the surface without inputting errant data. An onscreen keyboard diagram shows the keys being cleaned, one by one. When disinfecting is complete, the screen displays a message that the keyboard has been disinfected and is ready for use!

The great feature of this product, unlike other, so-called washable keyboards, is there’s no need to ever remove the LinkSmart™ keyboard from service to wash in a sink or dishwasher. 98% of all germs can be disinfected right at the desktop without downtime, without cable management issues, and most importantly, with the ability to have a healthy and clean typing surface anytime, anywhere!  The LinkSmart™ keyboard also features backlit key tops with three levels of illumination, perfect for data entry where patient care requires a darken environment.

The LinkSmart™ keyboard is the result of listening to customers and years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Years of work with urgent care centers, nursing homes, infection control professionals and frontline clinicians have gone into creating this unique product. “Our LinkSmart™ keyboard system allows for more direct intervention and control of the cleanliness of one of the worst vector points for the spread of germs and cross contamination in the clinical setting,” states Deanne VanKirk, LinkSmart™ Product Manager.

By placing valuable analytic data in the right hands at the right time, the infection prevention team can be empowered to efficiently focus resources on emerging trends in hospital-acquired infections and multiple-drug resistant organisms that exist on keyboard surfaces. Our system provides for a central data collection point to manage the disinfecting of keyboard surfaces and the ability to set disinfecting kill times for identified strains that are particularly virulent, before the keyboard goes back into service.

Considering how big an issue preventable infections are in the healthcare field, using KSI San-a-Key® Healthcare Technology Analytics in combination with the LinkSmart™ keyboard, infection prevention professionals now have another tool in their arsenal to get ahead of and manage cross contamination at the clinical desktop.

Key Source International – a global company headquartered in Oakland, California – has been delivering high-end hardware and software technology solutions for more than 35 years. Healthcare partners include Imprivata, Caradigm, HealthCast, Epic and CDW Healthcare. KSI, along with our partners, offer secure, compliant and scalable solutions that are compatible with HIPAA and DEA ePrescribe. KSI is also proficient in retail automation, banking, and telecommunications involving password replacement using biometrics, near field communication, contact-less smart cards and legacy HID badges. KSI’s focus has always been on enhancing the user experience, securing the desktop, and meeting rigorous government regulations with total customer satisfaction.

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Contact:
Debbie Hauser
press@ksikeyboards.com
7711 Oakport Street
Oakland, CA 94621
Ph# 510-562-5000

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RF IDeas, Inc. Showcases Leading Partner Solutions at HIMSS16

February 26, 2016

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL–RF IDeas Inc., the leading innovator and manufacturer of employee badge readers for in-building applications such as computer access, identification, time and attendance will showcase its leading healthcare partner solutions at HIMSS16. Together with eight industry partners, RF IDeas will take visitors through a day in the life of a healthcare provider, showcasing innovative technology solutions that enable productivity and enhance patient care.

Among other solutions, RF IDeas will be partnering with HP to showcase its 125 kHz pcProx® Nano, the world’s smallest badge reader used to authenticate access to secured information. Booth attendees will observe the power of authenticated mobility in healthcare, as the 125 kHz pcProx Nano is used to gain authorized access to HP’s ElitePad 1000 G2 Healthcare TC Tablet. The revolutionary small size of the pcProx Nano reader brings significant opportunity and flexibility to healthcare, allowing healthcare providers to authenticate on the go.

Tim Collins, Chief Technology Officer, RF IDeas Inc.

“At RF IDeas, we’re dedicated to partnering with industry-leading technology companies to better the lives of the clients we serve. This year, we are focusing on empowering healthcare mobility, honing in on increasing productive patient care. We are excited to demonstrate hands-on solutions that enable authenticity in the healthcare environment.”

HIMSS16 is the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual trade show held in Las Vegas on Feb. 29 – March 4, 2016. RF IDeas will feature nine daily presentations on 3/1 and 3/2 in its theater-inspired booth where the company will demonstrate complete solutions that address hot topics in healthcare IT. In addition to the healthcare mobility demonstration by HP, 2FA, HEALTHCAST, Intelliguard® RFID Solutions from MEPS Real-Time, UniPrint.net, Sharp, CI Solutions and Key Source International (KSI) will be showcasing leading technologies like single sign-on solutions, secured healthcare printing and RFID-enabled instantaneous inventory management. RF IDeas will be in booth # 3669.

About RF IDeas

RF IDeas, Inc. is a leader in the employee badge and card reader space for healthcare, manufacturing, government and enterprise. Partnering with leading technology companies, RF IDeas readers enable innovative solutions for single sign-on, secure printing, attendance tracking and other applications that require authentication. RF IDeas is a subsidiary of Roper Technologies. For more information about RF IDeas solutions, visit the Knowledge Center at https://www.rfideas.com/knowledge-center.

RF IDeas® and pcProx® are registered trademarks of RF IDeas, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks and product or service names are property of their respective owners.

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RF IDeas, Inc.
Arlene King
Ph: (847) 870-1723
E: aking@rfideas.com

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CASE STUDY: Main Line Health Enhances Infection Control and Patient Confidentiality with KSI Keyboards and RF IDeas

September 14, 2015

A not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs, Main Line Health (MLH) offers acute care through four of the region’s hospitals — Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital; as well as non-acute services through Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery, and the HomeCare & Hospice home health service. The MLH family is also comprised of Main Line HealthCare, a multi-specialty physician network, and Lankenau Institute for Medical Research.

CHALLENGE: Keeping computer keyboards free of bacteria

A tribute to its more than 10,000 employees, MLH has received numerous awards for quality care and service, including Magnet® certification, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. One of the criteria for Magnet® certification measures infection control effectiveness, which is a crucial challenge for a health care facility. Devices like a PC or laptop keyboard located in nurses’ stations or on mobile carts, that are handled hundreds of times a day by doctors and nurses throughout MLH’s four acute care hospitals, can be a prime spot for the collection and spreading of infectious bacteria. “Over the years we have implemented multiple styles and types of infection control keyboards including roll up styles and short life disposable keyboards. It has been challenging to find a balance between cost effectiveness and usability. The keyboards from KSI met that balance. Clinical staff at our hospitals liked the both feel of the keyboards and the ease of cleaning,” says Steve Czapla, Director of IS Customer Support.

CHALLENGE: Reducing clutter and freeing up PC ports

In order to maintain strict adherence to HIPAA, two years ago Czapla and his IS team deployed RF IDeas proximity readers throughout its four acute care hospitals and one rehabilitation hospital, enabling doctors and nurses to use their existing hospital ID badge to sign in to computers in the nurses’ stations and on mobile carts. The RF IDeas readers allowed them to simply tap their badge against the reader to verify authorization and gain access to each computer rather than trying to remember and type in multiple passwords, multiple times a day. The solution saved the staff a significant amount of time and frustration. It also ensured that no one could access the computers except those with authorization, maintaining strict patient data confidentiality. However, Czapla noticed that the workstations or mobile carts where the laptops were located were already cluttered with wires from keyboards, mouse, power supplies, etc., forcing the IS team to mount the readers elsewhere, making it awkward for the staff to get to. In addition, all of the peripherals needed a USB port, including the RF IDeas reader, and that created the problem of too many devices, not enough ports.

SOLUTION: Easy-clean KSI keyboards embedded with RF IDeas readers

Czapla reached out to Kevin Krause, president and founder of Security Rep, Inc., an independent expert on biometric and security devices to help Main Line Health put together the right solution. Krause recommended Key Source International’s (KSI) easy-clean, infection-control keyboards with embedded RF IDeas pcProx® readers, easily addressing both of needs with one solution. With the KSI keyboard, nurses and Environmental Services staff are easily able to clean keyboards without having to worry about damaging them. The keyboard is internally sealed to prevent issues with liquid spills and features recessed keys for easier cleaning and improved ergonomic use. The KSI keyboard with an embedded pcProx® reader cleared up the cluttered desktops and mobile carts. A simple tap of a staff member’s existing ID badge over the red light sends data to third party single sign-on (SSO) software that identified the individual, verified that the individual was authorized to use that computer, then unlocked the computer.

BENEFITS: Infection control, reduced clutter, single sign-on improved workflow

“As a Magnet® designated health system, keeping infection rates low is extremely important for us,” says Ann Hooper, MA, PMP, project manager for Main Line Health Information Services. “Only 7% of U.S. hospitals meet that criterion.” So far, MLH has rolled out over 3,000 keyboards across several hospitals with plans to install 400 more in the health system’s emergency departments.

Greater infection control

With the KSI keyboard, nurses and Environmental Services staff are easily able to clean keyboards without having to worry about damaging them. By using the rocker switch located on top of the keyboard, nurses simply turn off the keyboard and begin the disinfection process using KSI’s San-a-Key Healthcare Technology System with patented clean switch and EPA approved germicidal wipes. After the keyboard dries, they flip the switch back on and the computer is ready for use.

Reduced clutter

The KSI keyboard with the embedded RF IDeas pcProx® reader not only cleared up the cluttered desktops and mobile carts, it also provided access to more laptop ports, as the reader was no longer external. The clearly visible red light on the upper part of the keyboard lets doctors and nurses know exactly where to tap their ID badges.

Improved workflow from single sign-on

A simple tap of a staff member’s existing ID badge over the area with the embedded pcProx® reader sends the data to third party single sign-on (SSO) software that identifies the individual, verifies that he or she is authorized to use the computer to access patient data, then unlocks the computer. Using SSO can save valuable time each day by eliminating the need for doctors and nurses to have to remember passwords and manually type them in multiple times a day.

Avoids replacement cost

No longer considered a throw-away item, the keyboards from KSI have a five-year warranty, which helps MLH avoid significant cost of replacement, especially for the thousands of computers in use throughout the health system. “That makes a big difference because a hospital environment can be tough on the keyboards,” says Czapla.


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The KSI San-a-Key® Healthcare Technology System Debuts at HIMSS 2015 Conference

April 10, 2015

The most advanced software system to track hospital acquired infections from keyboards and help prevent cross contamination.

San-a-Key® Healthcare Technology System is the most advanced method for assisting with infection control and the prevention of cross contamination with the patented easy-to-clean button. It initiates the process to disinfect the keyboard surface before and after use. No need to remove the most valuable electronic health records tool, your keyboard, from service to wash in a sink or dishwasher. Prevent cross contamination in real time, improve work flow, enhance user experience and aid in the infection control process.

What truly sets the San-a-Key® System apart from any infection control product, is its real-time analytics, that gives infection control professionals the ability to know when a keyboard surface was cleaned, by whom and at what workstation, throughout the entire hospital. The most unique feature of this patented software is its ability to push desktop reminders to all clinicians that the keyboard they are about to use is in need of disinfecting.

KSI will be demonstrating the new San-a-Key® System at this year’s HIMSS Conference at McCormick Place Chicago, April 13-16, 2015 (Booth 3253)

The San-a-Key® Analytic Software aids in spotting trends that can be missed by manual infection prevention systems. It enables continuous monitoring, with real time alerts and timely analysis of disinfection policies and procedures. It delivers configurable workflow tools to address current and future infection prevention requirements.

“The keyboard is perhaps the biggest culprit when it comes to cross contamination. The San- a-Key® system allows clinicians and hospital administrators to spend less time on analyzing and documenting infection control methodology and more time on direct intervention and educational effort,” stated Phil Bruno, CEO of KSI.

About KSI

Key Source International is a global company with offices in Oakland, California and has over 30 years of experience delivering high-end hardware and software technology solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, healthcare providers and system integrators worldwide. KSI’s partners in healthcare include, Imprivata, Caradigm, HealthCast, Epic, Aventura, CDW Healthcare and BioKey. From retail automation, banking, telecommunications, healthcare and patient privacy, KSI’s focus has always been enhancing the user experience, securing the desktop and meeting tough government regulations. Visit us www.ksikeyboards.com or at http://www.youtube.com/user/KSIkeyboards, http://www.facebook.com/ksikeyboards and https://twitter.com/#!/ksikeyboards

Contact Deanne VanKirk, Key Source International, 7711 Oakport Street, Oakland, CA 94621 Phone: 1-800-722-6066

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KSI Introduces a Biometric RFID Integrated Solution for ePrescribe at 2015 HIMSS Conference

April 10, 2015

The KSI-1900 DuoID pod meets DEA compliance for electronic prescriptions for controlled substances as well as New York state newly mandated I-STOP.

These regulations provide pharmacies, hospitals and practitioners with the ability to use modern technology to safely and securely issue prescriptions, meet HIPPA compliance and protect patient privacy. The KSI-1900 DuoID pod includes a FIPS 201(Federal Information Processing Standard) certified biometric sensor and the Wave ID® dual band PcProx RFID badge reader. These two integrated devices along with approved EHR or security software create a compliant and secure way to meet the new DEA ePrescribe regulations.

“The 1900 DuoID pod along with its highly successful predecessor, the KSI-1700 integrated keyboard system, gives hospitals and pharmacies the ability to have a clean efficient solution integrated into one elegant desktop device,” says Phil Bruno, President and CEO. No matter which device you select KSI delivers a cost-effective, strong, dual factor authentication solution to meet the challenges of the complex world of Electronic Health Records and the growing need for privacy and security.” All of KSI’s integrated solutions will be on display at the 2015 HIMSS conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place, April 13-16, Booth #3253.

About KSI

Key Source International is a global company with offices in Oakland, California has over 30 years of experience delivering high-end hardware and software technology solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, healthcare providers and system integrators worldwide. KSI partners in healthcare include, Imprivata, Caradigm, HealthCast, Epic, CDW Healthcare and BioKey. From retail automation, banking, telecommunications, healthcare and patient privacy, KSI’s focus has always been enhancing the user experience, securing the desktop and meeting tough government regulations. Visit us at www.ksikeyboards.com, info@ksikeyboards.com or at http://www.youtube.com/user/KSIkeyboards and through social media; http://www.facebook.com/ksikeyboards and https://twitter.com/ksikeyboards.
For additional information contact Deanne VanKirk, Key Source International, 7711 Oakport Street, Oakland, CA 94621 1-800-722-6066.

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Key Source International
Deanne VanKirk, 1-800-722-6066

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Bytes SI Leverages Growth in Adoption of Fingerprint Biometrics with Keyboard Solution

December 13, 2013

Passwords are vulnerable because people tend to forget them, share them, or write them down to remember. They are easy to decode, and people often use personal information in the passwords, making it even easier to break them if the attacker has any knowledge of the person. Resetting passwords also takes up valuable IT time.

Global research firm MarketsandMarkets recently released a study of the biometrics marketplace that projects a heavy growth rate of 21.6% between 2010 and 2015, which would result in a marketplace worth over $11 billion. At present, fingerprint recognition technology dominates the market and will have the largest share of the marketplace in 2015, with a 19% growth rate. Increasing security requirements for public security, such as border control management, national identity, e-passports, Internet and network access, and financial transactions are acting as growth drivers for the industry.

“In the banking and financial services sector particularly, there is a move to replace passwords with biometric authentication solutions, as these provide for the robust identity management of users while preventing fraud,” says Nick Perkins, divisional director, identity management solutions, Bytes Systems Integration, the exclusive distributor in Africa and the Middle East for global authentication solutions company, Lumidigm.

“Biometric authentication solutions offer greater security and convenience. Your fingerprint is always with you and cannot be forgotten, and the physical presence of the individual is required to verify identity. A biometric is a more ‘stable’ form of identification, as it does not often change materially over the years. For example, the unique pattern in the human iris is formed by the age of 10 months, and remains unchanged for life.”

Fingerprint recognition is the most proven and tested of the biometrics modalities, and it’s also affordable, as there are many entry-level devices for more simple applications. Added to that, large fingerprint databases already exist, making comparison easily possible. User acceptance is also a factor, and most people consider having their fingerprint taken to be a non-invasive process.

Perkins says the burgeoning uptake of fingerprint-based biometric identity and access management has prompted Bytes Systems Integration to partner with Realtime and offer Biolock, which is the only biometric identity and access management software certified by SAP.

He explains how the solution works: “Advanced fingerprint sensors are built into Key Source International keyboards, along with integrated smart card readers. The biometric templates are collected at the keyboard and can be used in conjunction with a smart card. The templates are processed by Biolock software, which is designed for use with SAP and assures robust identity management of users gaining access to SAP while preventing fraud. It helps manage the identities of SAP users from a biometric perspective and prevents insider fraud in areas such as inventory shrinkage, payroll time and attendance, point-of-sale, financial fraud or data loss.

“Integrating biometrics into an organisation’s infrastructure and processes is about enhancing the user experience, securing the desktop, and meeting security requirements and regulations in one solution,” Perkins says.

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KSI 1700 Series Keyboards Now Supported by bioLock Fraud Prevention Software Designed for Use with SAP®

Key Source International 1700-series secure keyboards with Lumidigm or digitalPersona fingerprint sensors, plus integrated readers for contactless smart cards are now supported by bioLock™ Fraud Prevention Software designed for use with SAP®.

OAKLAND, California (June 12, 2013) – KSI announces a solution for password replacement in SAP® with the KSI-1700 line of keyboards, using industry-standard fingerprint sensors such as Lumidigm and digitalPersona (formerly AuthenTec or UPEK) built into the keyboards, plus integrated smart card readers for contactless smart cards from RF IDeas or HID. The biometric templates collected at the keyboard and stored on the smart card reader are processed by bioLock™ software from realtime North America Inc. The bioLock™ software is designed for use with SAP® and assures robust identity management of users gaining access to SAP® while preventing fraud.

The bioLock™ software solution is the only biometric system certified by SAP®. It helps manage the identities of SAP® users from a biometric perspective and prevents insider fraud in areas such as inventory shrinkage, payroll time & attendance, point-of-sale, financial fraud or data loss. The bioLock™ system manages not just the log-on, but can enable re-authentication at granular levels within an SAP® system to achieve meaningful compliance and fraud prevention.

Philip Bruno, Senior VP Sales & Marketing at KSI believes that “the ability to use these keyboards to biometrically secure SAP® functionality puts us right in the global mission-critical enterprise market that our products are capable of delivering. This applies to many industry verticals including banking, finance, insurance, healthcare, public sector, retail and many more. This is an exciting opportunity for our distributors and resellers to create new enterprise solutions and open new customer relationships.”

According to Thomas Neudenberger, COO of realtime North America Inc., “the KSI keyboards are made to a very high standard and are ergonomically very pleasing. This combination of usability with state-of-the-art biometric fingerprint & smart card scanning allows us to strongly recommend this product as a certified companion to our bioLock™ Security Suite for SAP®.

About realtime North America, Inc.

Established in Europe 25 years ago by former senior SAP® managers, realtime is a certified SAP® Software partner specializing in biometric security and identity management software systems. Their bioLock™ software is the only biometric software system certified by SAP®. A wide variety of global corporations in many industry verticals, plus government entities are served by realtime software. Find out more at www.biolock.us.

SAP® and any other SAP® products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. Lumidigm is a registered trademark of Lumidigm, Inc. in the United States and other countries. bioLock™ is a registered trademark of realtime AG in Germany and other countries. Any other company and product names listed above are registered trademarks of the respective companies.

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KSI and RFIDeas Introduce an Integrated Solution for ePrescribe

The KSI-1700 keyboard meets DEA Compliance for Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

March 1, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif.– RFIDeas, the innovator of WaveID®, and KSI, Inc. will introduce the first compliant ePrescribe keyboard for controlled substances at this year’s HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, held in New Orleans, March 3-7, 2013.

“Today’s healthcare staff faces the daily challenge of maximizing every minute of their day to allow as much time for patient care as possible,” said KSI’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Phil Bruno.

RFIDeas is partnering with KSI, the leader in professional grade keyboard products, to deliver a unique integrated desktop keyboard solution engineered to meet the new DEA standard of Electronic Prescription for Controlled Substances. These regulations provide pharmacies, hospitals and practitioners with the ability to use modern technology to safely and securely issue prescriptions, meet HIPAA compliance and protect patient privacy.

The KSI 1700 keyboard includes a FIPS 201 (Federal Information Processing Standard) certified biometric reader and the WaveID pcProx card reader from RFIDeas. These two integrated devices, along with approved EHR or security software, create a compliant and secure way to meet these new DEA regulations.

“The 1700 keyboard system for DEA EPCS gives hospitals and pharmacies the ability to have a clean, efficient solution integrated into one elegant desktop device,” said Mr. Bruno. “Partnering with RFIDeas and their WaveID® solution allows us to leverage legacy technology and deliver a cost effective, strong, dual factor authentication solution to meet the challenges of the complex world of Electronic Health Records and the growing need for privacy and security.”

“Today’s healthcare staff faces the daily challenge of maximizing every minute of their day to allow as much time for patient care as possible,” says Richard Landuyt, President of RFIDeas. “By partnering with KSI, we are able to offer a solution that helps save up to 15 minutes per shift, per employee.”

About RFIDeas:

RFIDeas, founded in 1995, is the innovator of WaveID®, the new standard for badge-based authentication and identification solutions powered by RFIDeas readers. Under the WaveID® umbrella, RFIDeas designs, develops, and manufactures a complete line of pcProx® card readers that support nearly every proximity and contactless smart card in use worldwide. RFIDeas readers come in many form factors and are used in numerous applications and OEM solutions including: multi-function printers, kiosks, building and door access, point-of-sale, attendance management and computer logon. In addition to pcProx readers, RFIDeas also offers magnetic stripe card readers, Wiegand Converters and Software Developer’s Kits. Inc. magazine ranked RFIDeas No. 13 in the Computer Hardware Industry on its Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. To view a variety of applications utilizing RFIDeas card readers, visit www.youtube.com/RFIDeas. For further information please email: sales@RFIDeas.com and connect via social media at www.Facebook.com/RFIDeas and www.Twitter.com/RFIDeas.

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KSI and Atmio Team Up at the NRF 2013 Big Show

KSI and Atmio Announce Marketing Alliance Focused on Retailers

Atmio’s technology enables retailers to engage their customers where it counts – in the aisles of their stores

Santa Clara, CA and Oakland, CA, January 9, 2013 – Atmio and KSI today announced a joint marketing Alliance focused on retailers who want to embrace the growing trend in mobile customer engagement. Under the terms of this alliance, KSI will be able to market and sell Atmio’s mobile marketing software platform to retailers.

“Partnering with Atmio enables KSI to help empower our retail clients to engage their customers where it counts – in the aisles of their stores”, said Phil Bruno, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for KSI. “Based on our 20-plus years of experience delivering hardware and software solutions to major retail customers, such as The Home Depot,, Big Lots, Burlington Coat Factory, and many more, we believe there will be strong demand for the Atmio Platform.”

Atmio’s Platform enables mobile marketers to create, target and optimize mobile landing pages – resulting in deeper end-customer engagement and higher ROI. The heart of the platform is a powerful targeting and optimization engine, enabling marketers to target mobile landing pages to different mobile devices, in different languages, for different locations and different times of the day. They then can optimize the pages using A/B split testing integration with 3rd party analytics providers, etc.

“We are delighted to partner with KSI”, said Sunil Baliga, CEO of Atmio. “Their deep knowledge and understanding of the retail industry is a perfect complement to our advanced mobile technology expertise. We look forward to supporting KSI as they engage with their customers.”

KSI will be demonstrating the Atmio Platform at its booth (#426) at the NRF Annual Convention & EXPO, Retail’s BIG Show, January 14th and 15th at the Javits Convention Center in New York City http://events.nrf.com/annual2013/public/MainHall.aspx.

About KSI
Key Source International http://ksikeyboards.com/ is global company based in Oakland, California with over 20 years of experience delivering high-end technology solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, system integrators and input automation for major retailers. Customers include IBM, The Home Depot, Saks Fifth Avenue, Big Lots, AutoZone, The United Nations and Vodafone.

About Atmio
Atmio’s easy-to-use software platform empowers Performance Marketers and Agencies to rapidly create, target, and optimize mobile landing pages, resulting in higher-quality leads and increased conversions. Atmio is headquartered in Silicon Valley and can be contacted at +1-408-755-5710 or visit http://www.atmio.com.

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KSI Rolls Out the Most Advanced Keyboard for Desktop Security

New sleek design integrates the latest, as well as legacy, technology to replace passwords

Oakland, CA – November 16, 2011 – KSI (Key Source International) announced today its most amazing new line of security desktop keyboards.

The KSI-1700 series features an array of secure input options never before available in one simple keyboard design. This slim, elegant and ergonomic keyboard addresses all aspects of workstation security. The KSI-1700 has integrated options, such as biometrics, WaveID®, HID® and contact-less smart card badge technologies. What truly makes the KSI-1700 series so incredible is SonarLocID®, an option that locks and secures a user’s workstation by simply walking away.

“The password era is coming to end. A secure and irrefutable logon using biometrics or RFID will become the norm when we access data”, states Phil Bruno, Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing. “Leaving an open and unattended computer defeats the purpose of strong authentication. Log off is as critical as the logon, and the SonarLocID® completes the all-important security cycle.”

The 1700 series is the sum of KSI’s 30 years of innovation and expertise. This keyboard is a seamless, integrated and state of the art piece of technology that meets the needs of today’s professionals in healthcare, government, banking or anyplace the need for security, workflow, durability and performance are a standard requirement.

KSI partners with RFIDeas’ new WaveID® system, compatible with the over 300 million proximity badges worldwide, as well as AuthenTec, Lumidigm and UPEK. The KSI-1700 series is compatible with security solutions from Imprivata, Microsoft/Sentillion, Indigo IdentityWare, HealthCast, CA Technologies and IBM TAM Tivoli.

The KSI-1700 series is distributed through exclusive resellers BlueStar, Envoy Data and CDW in North America and DH Technologies in Australia and New Zealand.

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