March 13, 2013 -
Precise Biometrics plans to launch its wildly popular Tactivo for Android and other mobile platforms by the end of Q2 this year.
Selected partners will have prototype access in May and a mobile toolkit for Android will also be release to app developers during the spring.
To expedite this broadening of Precise’s mobile product range, the company has entered into a strategic partnership with Sony Mobile’s consultancy unit in Lund, Sweden.
Tactivo is a smart card and fingerprint sensor, originally designed for the iPhone.
“We chose Sony Mobile Consultant Business Unit as our partner due to their impressive track record within the mobile market and Android development, as well as with time to market in mind,” Thomas Marschall, CEO & President of Precise Biometrics said. “Partnering with Sony will provide market availability much sooner than initially planned. The new products will allow us to increase our market potential to cover more than 90% of the Smartphones and Tablets in our focus segments. This is particularly important on the Smartphone side as our customers are often using several different brands of phones. With an offering covering the full spectrum, IT departments will only have to engage one vendor to secure the same level of security for all employees.”
It has recently been announced that a major U.S. mobile carrier will soon begin selling the Tactivo. According to the company, the still unnamed carrier has placed an initial order of 5,000 units for delivery this month.
Also, as reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Precise Biometrics landed a significant deal as a fingerprint algorithm vendor for a U.S.-based provider of financial information services. Following news that this agreement would have a positive impact on first-quarter financial results, the company’s stock rose to its highest point in more than two months.
It has been widely acknowledged that the next round of smartphones will incorporate biometrics, as the accessibility and portability of these technologies is now at a point to support mass adoption. In a recent Biometric Research Note, the research group estimates that “U.S. consumers will use smartphones and tablet computers to make retail purchases of approximately US$35 billion this year, compared with US$20 billion in 2012.”