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Secure Print Start Fingerprint Car Security System Review With How-To Video

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by , 07-07-2010 at 01:14 PM (13097 Views)


What is it?

The SecurePrint Start Fingerprint Security System is a car security device which allows engine starting and vehicle access to be controlled by fingerprint identification.

The Verdict: The SecurePrint Start Start At Once Fingerprint Car Security System is a great solution for individuals or companies looking to add additional security to their vehicles. Once installed, the system seamlessly integrates and effectively protects a vehicle from theft. However, the system is not designed to replace components already installed if the vehicle for starting.

The SecurePrint Start system is available now at the MP3Car store

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What's in the box:


The SecurePrint Start system consists of the main brain box, a fingerprint scanner, a dialpad, 2 wiring harnesses, a voice-command speaker, an instruction manual, and a wiring guide.

Description:

The SecurePrint Start Fingerprint Car Security system may just be the answer for someone looking for added security for their vehicle. The system clearly goes above the standard OEM car security featured in most cars today. With the power of fingerprint technology, the SecurePrint Start system deters anyone from stealing your vehicle without your clear consent.

I was initially surprised at the ease of installation. Most self-installed security systems come with hardly legible, confusing instructions and wiring diagrams. The SecurePrint Start system however is pretty much a breeze to install. The wires are clearly numbered, and the wiring guide uses the numbers to show where each wire needs to go. There is some factory wiring you need to cut, specifically the wiring to the starter, fuel pump, and vehicle ECU, but this is standard fare with do-it-all systems. You certainly don’t have to have a Master’s degree in electronic engineering to install the unit into the vehicle. The configuration of the system once installed is easy as well. The system uses the combination of the fingerprint scanner and the accessory dial-pad to allow users to enter new fingerprints. Each entry on the dial-pad is greeted with a loud and clear (yet somewhat disturbing) voice confirmation through the systems included speaker. This system is infinitely more efficient than the trial-and-error or dip-switch type systems I’ve installed in the past. At an estimated guess, I would say it would take the average DIY installer no more than 2 hours to wire and configure the entire system. A video showing the ease of fingerprint enrollment can be found below.


Once installed, the system is activated as simple as pressing your enrolled finger into the fingerprint scanner. In my testing it took less than a second for my finger to be identified and the vehicle to start. Unfortunately, it takes far longer for me to reach into my pocket, take out my key, and turn the ignition. Yes, you still need to do this in order for the SecurePrint Start system to activate. A friend had mentioned perhaps tucking the ignition cylinder away with the key in it, but this is not feasible because the unit depends on removing the key to turn the engine off. Once the vehicle is started the SecurePrint Start system is completely passive. You will still need to use your keyfob for vehicle entry, so people looking for an easier alternative than the factory systems today should look elsewhere.

The SecurePrint Start system allows up to 9 different enrolled fingerprints and 3 different categories for users, so multiple drivers, families and fleet vehicles can all enjoy the benefits of added security.

The Positive:
• Added peace of mind from an additional layer of security
• Easy to install
• Voice guided configuration
• Limits access to vehicle and Car PCs
• Cuts power to fuel pump, starter motor, and ECU
• Fingerprint scanner easily molds into most vehicle dashboards

The Negative:
• Does not replace vehicles factory ignition
• Length of proprietary cables limits installation flexibility

The Verdict:

The SecurePrint Start Start At Once Fingerprint Car Security System is a great solution for individuals or companies looking to add additional security to their vehicles. Once installed, the system seamlessly integrates and effectively protects a vehicle from theft. However, the system is not designed to replace components already installed if the vehicle for starting.

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Updated 08-11-2010 at 08:57 AM by optikalefx

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Quote Originally Posted by Cham View Post
Hi
Just wondering if this interface has any option of monitoring the input voltage i.e car battery voltage

the idea is to send the laptop into hibernation when the key is switched off. If the car battery goes below a certain voltage to initiate a full shut down
Hi,

Our product currently does not have a built in voltage detector. Our General Purpose Inputs need to be driven high to trigger an action.

We are willing to investigate designing an external circuit that would work in conjunction with miniSpark™ to accomplish this though. We would need some information from you as to the exact voltage level you want to detect.

There are a couple issues with the scheme you're trying to implement that you might want to consider ...

1) The difference in power consumption between Hibernate and Shutdown may be minimal.

2) In order to transition from Hibernate to Shutdown we would first need to fully power up the PC then Shut it down. The additional power required for this may cause even more issues with the car battery if you picked a voltage that is too low.

If you're still interested in coming up with a custom solution we would be more than happy to work with you.

Thanks
Hi
Just wondering if this interface has any option of monitoring the input voltage i.e car battery voltage

the idea is to send the laptop into hibernation when the key is switched off. If the car battery goes below a certain voltage to initiate a full shut down
Quote Originally Posted by SupraDan88t View Post
Well it looks like I have all my issues with the XoByte figured out now. What I did was download the nForce drivers from nVidia's site and even tho Windows barked that the currently installed drivers were newer I used the ones from nVidia instead and then things seem to be working now.

My one question though, the XoByte software puts the computer to sleep as expected but it goes into Hybrid sleep even though I have hybrid disabled in the Windows power settings. I was wondering if there is a way to have it go into one of the "lighter" sleep modes or if a future version of the software may allow choosing S2, S3, Hybrid, etc... - not really a big deal since the system boots from hibernation in about 6 seconds anyway.
Since I have hybrid sleep disabled I suspect this could be another strange driver issue - this computer (Acer Aspire 5520) seems to have silly little driver issues with everything...

Thanks for the help on this thread and in emails - I do recommend the MiniSpark to anyone needing laptop startup/shutdown control just make sure you have good power/ground, my minispark seems to be really really particular about that, more than other 12v hardware I've worked with before.
Glad to hear it's working!! We are in the process of updating our Software Application to be allow selection of any shutdown/sleep mode listed in the Start Menu. How your machine maps each setting to an actual sleep modes(Hybrid/S2/etc ...) will be a machine configuration issue. We are limited to choosing one of the start menu settings.