Mobile Fingerprint Biometrics
What are fingerprint readers?
Fingerprints are practically synonymous with identity. The unique ridges and whorls on the tips of your finger have been distinguishing one person from another since 1788 when German anatomist Johann Christoph Andreas Mayer discovered that every fingerprint is different.
Fingerprint readers do exactly what their name describes. Using either optical, capacitive, or ultrasound sensor technology, they measure the characteristics of a fingerprint. This can be used to identify an individual by comparing the scanned print to many different templates stored in a database, as is commonly done with criminal background checks, or it can be done on a one-to-one basis in order to authenticate a user.
Where can I find fingerprint readers?
Fingerprint readers, thanks to innovations in cost efficiency and design, can be found in a wide variety of applications. Wall mounted access control terminals, police squad cars, patient sign-in areas at clinics, the smartphone in your pocket—these are only some of the places you can find biometric fingerprint readers.
Thanks to the widespread availability of consumer grade fingerprint biometric on smartphones, the average user is becoming familiar with the modality as it continues to proliferate digital security and identity across all manner of vertical markets. In some countries it has become mandatory to enroll a fingerprint in order to open a cellphone account, other places require fingerprints to vote in elections. Fingerprint readers are all around us, ushering us into a new era of identity.
How are fingerprint readers making a difference?
Fingerprint biometrics are a standard security feature on smartphones today, and as consumer industry demands larger, buttonless screens, innovations in sensor technology is enabling in-display biometrics.
Fingerprint biometrics can enable secure payments on smartphones with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay. And soon, fingerprints are set to replace credit card PINs as biometrics sensors are integrated into smart cards.
The automotive industry is increasingly turning to biometrics to address security concerns, and in Summer of 2018 solutions designed to bring fingerprint security to connected cars began to emerge.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Fingerprint Biometrics solutions.
BIO-key (NASDAQ: BKYI), provides biometric identification solutions that scale to any size application. Our superior matching technology is compatible with EVERY major fingerprint reader manufacturer. BIO-key application engineers are available to assist in identifying the most appropriate fingerprint reader(s) to meet you application needs. Partnering with vertical solution providers, OEMs, and integrators, BIO-key delivers convenient, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solutions to identify and authenticate individuals. BIO-key’s strong authentication is the ideal choice to satisfy industry regulations including HIPAA and FSTC, or to establish user identities as part of an audit trail. NIST ranks BIO-key in the top tier of MINEX and SDK performers.
Crossmatch® solutions solve security and identity management challenges for hundreds of millions of users around the world. Our proven DigitalPersona® composite authentication software is designed to provide the optimal set of authentication factors to meet today’s unique risk requirements and afford complete enterprise authentication coverage. Crossmatch identity management solutions include trusted biometric identity management hardware and software that deliver the highest quality and performance required for critical applications. Our solutions support the financial, retail, commercial, government, law enforcement and military markets. With 300 employees and customers in more than 80 countries, Crossmatch sets the standard for innovation and reliability. Learn more: Crossmatch.com
ImageWare Systems, Inc. provides end-to-end digital identity proofing, authentication and management solutions as a cloud SaaS and on-premises. The company’s Digital Identity Platform provides customers and partners with access to its patented technology for ultra-scalable and anonymous biometrics using nearly any vendors’ biometrics. To learn more about ImageWare, visit https://www.iwsinc.com/
Green Bit has been in the market space since 1997 and is headquartered in Turin (Italy) and designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of FBI certified fingerprint readers ranging from single finger, dual/rolled, 10-prints up to Palm-Livescans for Law Enforcement and ID Management markets. A slim organization combined with an unequalled flexibility to develop custom solutions for biometric enrollment applications, providing a competitive edge to our customers which is proven by a long track record of successful installations all across the world. Green Bit is acting globally with subsidiaries in the US, Kazakhstan and China.
IDEMIA is the global leader in Augmented Identity for an increasingly digital world, with the ambition to empower citizens and consumers alike to interact, pay, connect, travel and vote in ways that are now possible in a connected environment. Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect this asset, whether for individuals or for objects. We ensure privacy and trust as well as guarantee secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors.
IDEX Biometrics, legal name IDEX ASA (OSE: IDEX), is the leading provider of fingerprint identification technologies offering simple, secure and personal authentication for all. We help people make payments, prove their identity, gain access to information, unlock devices or gain admittance to buildings with the touch of a finger. We invent, engineer and commercialize these secure, yet incredibly user-friendly solutions. Our total addressable market represents a fast-growing multi-billion-unit opportunity.
Suprema Inc. is a leading global provider of biometrics technology and identity management solutions. The company’s range of products includes fingerprint modules, biometric access control systems, e-passport readers and live-scanners. Suprema’s solutions are featured by integration of the excellent embedded system design capability and the strong backgrounds in theories and algorithms backed by a number of experts having the rich experience and extensive knowledge in the field of biometric solutions, embedded system design and signal processing. Suprema has worldwide sales network in over 120 countries and also a listed company in stock exchange in South Korea (KOSDAQ). For further information, visit www.supremainc.com.
NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work.