Newcastle-based biometrics firm IEvo has been granted £200,000 (US$298,000) from a regional growth fund to develop its access control business.IEvo designs and develops devices which use individuals' fingerprints to manage access to a range of controlled environments in different industries. The firm uses multispectral imaging technology to generate reliable fingerprint images, and its readers can even scan through some types of latex gloves.The company's management team has worked with regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers to secure £200k from the Finance For Business North East Growth Fund, which will be used as working capital for fulfilling both more and larger contracts, reports the BDaily.”Entry systems based around cards are susceptible to them being lost, borrowed or stolen, but using biometric data takes away all those problems and ensures only those who should be gaining entry to a particular location can do so”, Managing director Shaun Oakes, who runs IEvo with partner Stuart Ging, told the newspaper.”We began by importing biometrics equipment from the Far East, but quickly saw that we'd be able to develop better products ourselves that were more suited to market requirements in the UK and Europe.