January 8, 2013 -
Validity Sensors, a manufacturer of fingerprint sensors has just joined GlobalPlatform, an organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology. Validity has joined as an Observer Member and will focus on the work of the Advisory Council and Mobile Task Force.
“Membership in GlobalPlatform will enable us to better support our partners’ mobile authentication implementation,” Sebastien Taveau, CTO of Validity said. “As Natural ID fingerprint sensors are used to meet the challenges of true authentication in mobile devices, GlobalPlatform’s work on the trusted execution environment (TEE)* is extremely relevant to Validity. We look forward to offering our expertise to GlobalPlatform’s discussions and ensuring our solutions are aligned with the association’s technical output.”
According to GlobalPlatform, the organization recently surpassed the 100-member mark; a landmark which the organization says reflects the relevance of the group’s work.
As reported in BiometricUpdate.com, Intel Capital recently completed a significant strategic investment into Validity Sensors in 2012. Along with others from World Fair and DDS, Intel Capital’s investment contributed to the company’s Series E round of financing and totalled USD$22 million.
Since launching its products in 2008, Validity has shipped more than 30 million sensors into consumer electronics products and is now focusing its resources on the multi-billion unit mobile phone and tablet markets.
Validity Sensors, Inc. has also recently announced it will be showcasing its latest innovations and discussing its roadmap of PC and mobile fingerprint sensors at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2013, taking place Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas.
With Fingerprint Cards’ success in the Asian mobile device market in 2012, along with Validity’s growing presence, Apple’s purchase of AuthenTec and the PIPA Touch among many other examples, it’s safe to say fingerprint biometrics will soon be widely used in the mobile phones we carry with us every day.
In a year-end post for 2012, BiometricUpdate.com projected widespread use of biometrics in the consumer electronics space and significant growth for the industry as a whole in 2013.