Veridicom International Inc., Seattle, and Leviton Manufacturing Co., Little Neck, N.Y., have formed a partnership to develop advanced personal authentication solutions for the home automation markets.

“We are proud to partner with Leviton,” said Paul Mann, president and chief executive officer of Veridicom International. “The combined resources of our two companies provides significant market presence and will enable the residential and commercial markets to deploy advanced automation technology featuring biometrics. The roadmap for these new jointly developed products will enable increased convenience and security, and the solutions will be able to adapt to the personal preferences of home owners via a person's fingerprint.”

“Homeowners enjoy the increased convenience that home automation brings today's families” said Daryoush Larizadeh, Leviton's vice president of strategic business enterprises. “By combining Veridicom's biometric sensors and technology with Leviton's leading voice, data, and network solutions, we are enabling the next generation of home automation controls. This integrates personal identities with security, individual preferences, and home networking features.”