RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 7, 2013) - Movie star Antonio Banderas and Dutch oil tycoon and racecar enthusiast Klaas Zwart will visit the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus Tuesday, Aug. 13, for a news conference regarding the Nexus Smart Pay biometric payment system and related loyalty program.
Banderas is the new spokesperson for Nexus Smart Pay, which is backed by Zwart.
The celebrity duo and Mines President Heather Wilson will participate in an 11:15 a.m. news conference in the lower level of the Surbeck Center, then step outside onto the patio to greet fans before attending a private campus luncheon and engaging with the student Hardrocker Formula racecar team.
The news conference will be open to members of the media and a limited number of university students, faculty and staff. The public is invited to campus and will be asked to gather on the lower level Surbeck patio, which faces the Devereaux Library, where Banderas will emerge to greet his fans.
Banderas is an international film actor who has starred in the "Zorro" series, "Philadelphia," "Interview with the Vampire," "The Mambo Kings," "Frida" and "Spy Kids." His is the celebrity voice of the Puss in Boots character on the "Shrek" animated film series.
The School of Mines made international headlines earlier this year with the announcement it would become the first to test life as a biometrics campus using foilproof Biocryptology® that goes beyond a fingerprint to read multiple layers into the skin and detect hemoglobin in the blood. The patented technology on the back end turns each finger scan into a series of valueless numbers that change every time the finger is introduced. Data encryption ensures security, as the numbers can't be reproduced in a meaningful way, not by merchants, law enforcement, hackers or even Nexus Smart Pay.
The company looks for the biometrics program to one day lead to a cashless society.
The Nexus Smart Pay pilot program was initially tested by 50 students and four faculty members at two locations on campus and has been expanded to allow all students, staff and faculty members to enroll.
Consumers deposit money into an account, with which they associate their biometric data and pay for goods with a simple scan of the finger, no cash, credit, debit or ID cards or pin codes necessary.
Biocryptology®, in part, reads several layers deep into the skin using completely safe radio frequency. The technology can be applied to other applications, including physical and logical access. It also protects against identity theft, as fewer forms of identification are needed to be carried on a person and the system operates in a highly secure, closed and uniquely encrypted environment.
Nexus USA is a subsidiary of Spanish-based Hanscan Identity Management, which is owned by entrepreneur Zwart, a Formula 1 enthusiast who has built his own racing resort in Marbella, Spain. Zwart visited the SDSM&T campus last September, spending time with Mines' own Formula Hardrocker Racing SAE team. Some of those students are participating in the biometric pilot program.
Zwart and Banderas will engage with the Mines Formula team members following lunch, examining student-built racecars, which have been tested at Ford's famed wind tunnel.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls more than 2,400 students from 32 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for 2012 graduates was $62,696 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.