DigitalPersona sensors certified for China Resident Identity Card

DigitalPersona has announced that its TouchChip TCS1 sensor is being used for the China Resident Identity Card program, as well as into bank ID terminals.

Certified by the Ministry of Public Security under general technical requirements GA / T 1011-2012, Miaxis Biometrics Co and Shandong Synthesis Electronic Technology Co – both Chinese manufacturers – have worked with the DigitalPersona silicon sensor.

As of January 2012, the new China Resident Identity Card Law requires citizens to have their fingerprints recorded when applying for, renewing or replacing their resident identity cards. China has more than a billion resident ID cards in circulation and that number is expected to grow. Citizens use their ID cards when voting, buying homes, accessing government services and other essential activities.

“With such a large population and wide range of applications, fingerprint biometrics is the most logical choice, from both a security and a cost perspective,” Richard Agostinelli, president and CEO at DigitalPersona said. “It’s an impressive identity program and we’re thrilled that Miaxis and Synthesis selected our silicon sensor to be part of it.”

In addition to fingerprint readers certified for the China Resident Identity Card, DigitalPersona’s TouchChip sensors have been successfully integrated into bank ID terminals.  This identification solution allows banks in China to guard against teller fraud by providing a biometric audit trail of financial transactions.

“Our silicon solutions have been a popular choice for applications where fast capture and excellent biometric performance are top priorities,” Agostinelli said.

Reported previously, DigitalPersona also recently announced that its FingerJet Recognition Engine matching elements had been certified by NIST and the MINEX testing program.

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