May 24, 2013 -
Fingerprint Cards has announced that it is expanding its existing presence in the United States and has recruited Marek Minta as Director Customer Projects North America. Minta comes to the company from Authentec.
According to the company, since interest in FPC and fingerprint verification integrated into smartphones and tablets has increased significantly, advanced local support for sophisticated software and hardware is now required on location in the US. Since the company opened a local office in San Francisco, FPC’s activities in the North American market have increased significantly. In response, the company will expand its existing sales office to include a development and support function.
Minta has an extensive and solid background in biometrics from Authentec (scooped up by Apple last year for $356 million), where he worked with customer support and mobile software. Minta has headed several technical teams focusing on software and integrated solutions, and has broad experience of mobile platforms, as well as PC integration. Minta worked at Authentec between 2003 and 2012.
“By expanding our office in the US with Marek Minta, we now have someone who, through his extremely relevant background and experience, will be able to contribute to FPC’s success in both ongoing and future customer projects,” FPC’s CEO Johan Carlström said. “This recruitment will benefit not only our technical support but also sales. Our assessment is that the probability of securing design wins and development projects in North America in the not too distant future is good.”
Reported previously, Fingerprint Cards has been receiving a large amount of orders and design-wins as of late. As we’ve noted in BiometricUpdate.com, Fingerprint Cards has announced several design-wins in China and Japan, as well as a third Asian country in the last 6 months.
With clear advantages to the mobile security market, Fingerprint Cards is very active in this space. A new report on the global mobile security market has recently been published and it’s suggested that the value of the global mobile security market will reach US$3.49 billion this year.
According to the report, the mobile security market is set for substantial growth over the next five years as research shows that the increased proliferation of smart mobile devices is driving a market for complementary mobile services in management and security.
There have long been rumors of an embedded fingerprint sensor in the yet-to-be-released iPhone, though recent reports have emerged to suggest that Samsung may also be edging towards fingerprint inclusion for the Galaxy devices.