Lumidigm fingerprint sensors used for new VaxTrac expansion in Benin

March 13, 2014 - 

Lumidigm has announced that its multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors, as part of a solution created by VaxTrac, will help to stop vaccine waste at 31 new clinics in southern Benin, West Africa. The company has also announced these solutions will be displayed in a presentation from VaxTrac at Connect: ID in Washington, DC next week.  

This latest version of the VaxTrac system uses fingerprint of both mother and child for a more robust identification. According to Lumidigm – which is now a part of HID Global – in a preliminary assessment, the use of biometrics in the vaccination process has led to a 10% increase in the number of women returning to the clinics, insuring that thousands more children will get the critical vaccines they need.

This new expansion for VaxTrac into Benin has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and includes full-scale, comprehensive training of new health workers and an updated of the VaxTrac system that features reporting mechaniss for health workers and VaxTrac partners at the Ministry of Health.

Lumidigm’s multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors work based on the use of multiple spectrums of light and advanced optical techniques to extract fingerprint characteristics from the surface and subsurface of the skin. Using this technology, VaxTrac is able to authentication even very young patients with small fingerprint features.

VaxTrac Director Mark Thomas will describe the new system as well as provide a demo of the VaxTrac biometric vaccine tracking solution at Lumidigm’s booth #201 next week at Connect: ID in Washington, DC.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, HID Global announced the acquisition of Lumidigm earlier this year. 

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