Credence ID Launches Trident: Android-based Tri-Biometric Enrollment and Verification Device


Weighing less than 3 lbs, Credence ID’s Trident can capture dual iris, fingerprint and face biometrics in any kind of lighting.

The convenience and efficiency of mobile identity solutions, despite the projected rates of adoption by the public, is not exclusive to the consumer market. There civil, military and law enforcement programs in which mobility is a vital necessity. For instance, biometric capture in the field has already been shown to increase productivity in a number of police and sheriff’s departments in the United States. These areas require a very high standard of quality, which is a tall order when considering the various environmental and lighting conditions inherent in the situations where biometric capture is useful for these industries.

Today, Credence ID announced the production availability of the Trident: a tri-biometric mobile device designed for exactly these varying circumstances. The new technology combines dual iris capture, a PIV-certified FAP 45 fingerprint sensor and a face camera with the openness of Android.

Credence ID’s new solution is serving its markets with the versatility demanded for in-the-field biometrics. The Trident is mobile and light (only 3 lbs) and can boast accurate and fast biometric capture of all three featured biometrics in any and all possible lighting conditions.

“Until now, iris and fingerprint capture in an integrated device was difficult in bright sunlight conditions,” explains Ken Nosker, CEO of Fulcrum Biometrics (Credence ID partner and authorized distributor). “Windows-based devices originally developed for the military are comparatively difficult to use in outdoor conditions and application development for our customers was cumbersome and expensive. Today’s users expect a handheld device to be as easy to use and approachable as their smartphone. It’s fantastic to have all this in an open source device that costs about one-third of other equipment currently on the market.”

Using the Credence SDK, developers can create Android optimized biometric applications that are at once familiar to smartphone users and ready to work with Trident.

Again, a popular method of attack with mobile biometrics comes down to the maxim: high performance, easy use. The SDK includes source code for common functions so that Credence partners can save time on development and Trident is likewise made so that no matter where a user finds herself, biometric capture is made possible and familiar.

This focus on convenience will likely go a long way for Credence ID. Throughout the second half of 2013, a great number of deployments and contracts were announced, with vendors throwing their weight behind efforts to break down adoption obstacles. In combining mobility with this easy deployment attitude, Credence ID has not only innovated in terms of hardware, but also made adoption of the Trident an attractive prospect for civil, military and law enforcement agencies.

“While Credence is a relatively new company, the executive and engineering teams within the organization have been in the biometrics industry for many years,” elaborates Bruce Hanson, president and CEO of Credence ID. “Trident represents the summation of all the lessons we’ve learned in the areas of mobility and biometric technologies.  It is the ultimate combination of face, finger and iris biometrics on a state of the art mobile platform. Programs such as voter ID, benefits distribution, border crossing, mobile banking and refugee management are just a few of the areas that will benefit from having an inexpensive, mobile and easy to use device. “