Lenovo taps Validity for fingerprint sensors

March 21, 2013 - 

Validity Sensors has been selected by Lenovo as the strategic supplier of fingerprint sensors for its consumer and enterprise-class notebooks and peripherals.

“This collaboration allows us to provide the user with a consistent and secure authentication experience across our portfolio of products and services,” Jerry Gross, vice president, Lenovo Global Procurement said. “Validity Natural ID sensors provide an easy-to-use way to securely access the cloud with the simple touch of finger.”

Both as founding members of FIDO (Fast Identity Online), Validity and Lenovo have worked together to develop technical specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce the reliance on passwords for authenticating users of online services.

The first Lenovo devices featuring Validity Natural ID fingerprint sensors are the Lenovo Edge-brand 14” and 15” ThinkPad Edge small-business laptops coming to market this month.

Reported previously in BIometricUpdate.com, Validity recently joined GlobalPlatform, an organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology.

Last year, Intel Capital completed a significant strategic investment in Validity.

Validity isn’t the first biometric company to be brought on board by Lenovo. Also reported previously, Lenovo has also enlisted the help of Eyesight Mobile Technologies to be included in the next range of Ideapad Ultrabooks for gesture control capabilities.

Consumer devices are increasingly being produced with provisions for biometrics, or with biometric readers embedded. For example, it’s more than likely the next iPhone will include fingerprint biometrics.  

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