updated 10/27/2010 8:16:01 AM ET 2010-10-27T12:16:01

WALL, N.J., Oct. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTCBB:BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification solutions, announced the successful deployment by South Africa's largest petrochemical and energy group of BIO-key's fingerprint biometrics to secure access to Bridge People & Technology's (Bridge) KnowHow, an enterprise wide Learning Management and Performance Evaluation system.

Bridge initially designed KnowHow, its flagship product, in 2001. Over the past 9 years Bridge has been enhancing this solution along with best business practices as well as requirements from its clients, to enable it to be an integral part of the training landscape for all of its clients. BIO-key's fingerprint biometric identification is the latest feature to be added to KnowHow so that with the simple touch of a finger, an employee can quickly and securely log into the KnowHow solution.

"One of our guiding principles that made KnowHow the software it is today is to make it easy for the users to access training materials and for managers to acknowledge training attendance and performance. When one of our clients inquired about adding biometrics for user login to replace passwords, which can be easily shared, lost or forgotten, we chose to partner with BIO-key since BIO-key provides the ultimate solution which offers both superior accuracy and flexibility. BIO-key is the only fingerprint solution that allows our customers to use fingerprint readers from any of the major fingerprint reader manufacturers," said Gary Galanti, co-founder of Bridge.

"With BIO-key's fingerprint user identification, employees have a fast and convenient method to establish their identity when logging into KnowHow and equally important, it removes the requirements for passwords, ID cards and PINs and their associated costs, while giving the organization a higher level of security in preventing unauthorized access," added Mike DePasquale, BIO-key's president and CEO. "We look forward to growing our business with Bridge, an organization that recognizes the importance of addressing the ever growing need to secure the network and the desktop for both the safety and security of the employees and the organization."

About BIO-key

BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions to commercial and government enterprises, integrators, and custom application developers. BIO-key's award winning, high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise applications. Our solutions are used in local embedded OEM products as well as some of the world's largest identification deployments to improve security, guarantee identity, and help reduce identity theft.  BIO-key's technology is offered directly or by market leading partners around the world. ( http://www.bio-key.com )

About Bridge People & Technology

Bridge People & Technology (Bridge) has been providing end-to-end e-learning and blended training solutions since the late 1990's. Our core expertise is effectively training, supporting and assessing learners in medium to large corporate accounts -- typically companies who have implemented ERP systems such as SAP. ( http://www.bridge-pt.com )

BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may be construed as "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act").  The words "estimate," "project," "intends," "expects," "anticipates," "believes" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Act.  These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of these statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, our history of losses and limited revenue, our ability to develop new products and evolve existing ones, the impact on our business of the recent financial crisis in the global capital markets and negative global economic trends, and our ability to attract and retain key personnel.  For a more complete description of these and other risk factors that may affect the future performance of BIO-key International, Inc., see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  The Company also undertakes no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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