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Old 07-12-2007, 01:28 AM   #1
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SDK developement for fingerprint reader


hello,

now i'm using fingerprint reader & this reader using tcp/ip & windows application. so i contact that fingerprint reader distributor and i already get the sdk developement kit for windows. can i using this sdk for linux coz i planning to develope php & mysql for attendance system using this reader. any body can help me show the way how to make it?
 
Old 07-13-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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Rather not, but it depends on the language it is written. You probably need a driver and that will be the biggest problem. If the kit is well documented, it should be solvable, however.
 
Old 07-13-2007, 09:28 PM   #3
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Rather not, but it depends on the language it is written. You probably need a driver and that will be the biggest problem. If the kit is well documented, it should be solvable, however.
i got the file & documentation abt that fingerprint reader. i use that for attendance system. can i send the file to you. pls help me. this is my 1st software developement project. before this i'm do it hardware & slackware server configuration.
 
Old 07-15-2007, 01:17 PM   #4
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What OS does the attendance system run on? If it's Linux, you can use it for any other project.

Sending the doc to me is not a very good idea, because it's probably rather a big file (they tend to be 300 pages+) and I do not have time to browse the whole of it. I guess, however, that the docs are freely available, so you can post a link to them, so any member with knowledge of the subject can look into it.
 
Old 07-15-2007, 02:56 PM   #5
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Hi -

Please answer the following:

1. What is this "fingerprint reader"?
Please specify the name and vendor.
Please (if possible) post a link to the documentation (or at least a link to the Vendor's web site).

2. I understand that it runs on Windows.
Have you successfully installed it on Windows yourself? If so, which version of Windows (XP/Pro? Other?)
Do you have a compiler for Windows (e.g. C++, Visual Studio 2005?)

3. I understand that it "uses TCP/IP". Can you be more specific?

4. I understand that you want your attendence app to use PHP and mySQL.
I assume this means that you want a web interface, and a database back
end. Is this correct?
I assume this means that the database will store attendence records, and
user logons. Is this correct? What else will it store?

5. Ideally, you can make your fingerprint reader work directly under Linux.
We'd like to help you with that.
But even if you can't, perhaps your attendence app could work like this:
a) The fingerprint reader runs under Windows
b) Your attendence app web interface and mysql database run under Linux
c) Windows and Linux communicate using TCP/IP sockets

Just a thought .. PSM

Which version of Windows have you installed
 
Old 07-16-2007, 12:46 AM   #6
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1. What is this "fingerprint reader"?
Please specify the name and vendor.
Please (if possible) post a link to the documentation (or at least a link to the Vendor's web site).
vendor name : PUC Founder (MSC) BHD
product name : fingertec ac800+
website : http://www.founderfingerprint.com/product.html


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2. I understand that it runs on Windows.
Have you successfully installed it on Windows yourself? If so, which version of Windows (XP/Pro? Other?)
Do you have a compiler for Windows (e.g. C++, Visual Studio 2005?)
os running now : ms windows xp pro
compiler : visual basic 6.0



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3. I understand that it "uses TCP/IP". Can you be more specific?
retrieve data from reader using ip address. reader can set ip address


Quote:
Originally Posted by paulsm4
4. I understand that you want your attendence app to use PHP and mySQL.
I assume this means that you want a web interface, and a database back
end. Is this correct?
I assume this means that the database will store attendence records, and
user logons. Is this correct? What else will it store?
yap, i want my attendance application running as web based.
yap, that database just store attendance record & user logon


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5. Ideally, you can make your fingerprint reader work directly under Linux.
We'd like to help you with that.
But even if you can't, perhaps your attendence app could work like this:
a) The fingerprint reader runs under Windows
b) Your attendence app web interface and mysql database run under Linux
c) Windows and Linux communicate using TCP/IP sockets
yap i want that reader run on linux. for ur info, now the application running like u said in a,b & c. i using TCMS software to retrieve data from reader & install to fox pro database. after that i run a script convert from foxpro to mysql. can u help me to make linux direct reading data from reader & save to mysql? i tried using visual basic & it can read from reader & can get data but i dun know how to retrive direct fr linux. i can email u the sdk program which i got from distributor
 
Old 07-16-2007, 02:12 PM   #7
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When I click SDK link on their site and look for 'Specifications', the first line is: Linux Software Package. So, check the archive you have. It looks there should be Linux software inside. At last basic source code, but possibly also the implementation of the protocol you use to communicate with th device. If I were you, I'd contact the distributor to get details.
 
Old 07-17-2007, 10:02 AM   #8
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just contact the distributor, he said no software package for linux. they siad that is wrong info in their website.
 
Old 07-19-2007, 04:05 PM   #9
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As a sidenote: they have Linux mentioned somewhere else, and it looks to me that the equipment is running Linux. If that's so, you can request the source code of (at least) their kernel. More if they use more GPLed software.

From the more practical point of view, you may try to request the protocol between the device and the computer. They will offer it to you or not. If yes, you can communicate with it from Linux. If not, you can still reverse-engineer the protocol. Both options require a lot of work, however. So if you don't have resources/time for the development, you'd rather have to leave the configuration as it is. Or switch to a different supplier.
 
  


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