IWS™ EPI™ Builder Technical White Paper
What is IWS EPI Builder?
IWS EPI Builder is an easy-to-use, yet powerful software developer’s kit (SDK) to build virtually any
type of secure ID document application or incorporate identification capabilities into existing
The SDK includes a collection of software building blocks (or components) that can be assembled into
a Web or client server-based application using standard, off-the-shelf development environments such
as Microsoft Visual Studio, Delphi and Microsoft Visual Studio.Net. The components are standard
ActiveX and COM-based controls that can be tightly integrated with another application’s graphical user
interface (GUI) and business logic to provide a look and feel similar to an existing application. Unlike
other toolkits on the market today, which are a collection of software libraries and function calls, IWS
EPI Builder’s open, modular, reusable architecture prevents developers from having to rebuild an entire
application if third party peripheral or software requirements change. The end result is a project that is
delivered on time, within budget and is easy to keep current.
IWS EPI Builder’s components can be used to design badges, manage ID information, capture images,
capture and search biometrics and print/encode cards. IWS EPI Builder also utilizes open standards to
exchange data with other systems and add virtually any type of biometric identification tool. New or
different biometrics can be plugged in to IWS EPI Builder without having to change the application code
– simply code the application once and it can support the latest biometric devices and
matching/searching technology. Other open interfaces are available to plug in custom image capture
devices, card printers, encoders and bar codes without having to change the application code.
What components are included with IWS EPI Builder?
The IWS EPI Builder Framework
Diagram 1A shows the IWS EPI Builder framework and how the different compone