Fingerprint biometric software tech firm BIO-key has entered into a licensing agreement with electronic components distributor Avnet that will see IBM middleware integrated into BIO-key software.BIO-key said in a statement that the Application Specific Licensing (“ASL”) agreement with Avnet aims to accelerate sales throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.Mark Martin, Vice President Outside Sales, Avnet Technology Solutions, IBM Solutions says, “The Worldwide IBM Application Specific Licensing program will provide our business partners a faster route to market with their solution built on pre-integrated IBM middleware such as Single Sign-On.”When solutions such as BIO-key are embedded in IBM Middleware, it eliminates the complexity of two support structures for their customers, while continuing to provide the full resources of IBM Support Services. We look forward to being part of the ASL program and how it will accelerate the sales cycles for our business partners, and provide continued growth.”Mike DePasquale, Chairman & CEO, BIO-key,added: “BIO-key is enthused about our relationship with Avnet and our native integration with IBM's world-class authentication product portfolio ߪ Avnet's ASL Program is an IBM channel, administered by Avnet, which is aimed at increasing the revenues and profits from middleware usage for Business Partners who provide value-added solutions and services to their customers.”DePasquale continued, “This underscores the strength of our software integration relationships and since we now have executives from Avnet and IBM who are dedicated to our mutual success we believe it will create revenue potential in multiple vertical markets.”