BIO-key introduces low-cost compact USB touch fingerprint reader

March 24, 2015 - 

BIO-key International, Inc. introduced its latest compact USB touch fingerprint reader, EcoID, at the Connect:ID Expo in Washington, D.C.

Integrated with NEXT Biometrics’ Active Thermal sensor, the EcoID fingerprint reader combines the accuracy of BIO-key’s biometric algorithms and software to deliver one-touch identification and strong authentication at an affordable price point.

The highly portable device features a lanyard/security cable pass-through for secure commercial applications.

Priced at $34.99, EcoID is significantly below the market’s competing USB touch scanners. The fingerprint reader is available immediately from BIO-key and through the company’s select distribution partners.

Microsoft recently announced it incorporated improved integrated fingerprint biometric security features in Windows 10 with its Microsoft Hello and Passport solutions, capability which EcoID users will be able to leverage in workstations that currently lack them.

Aside from EcoID, BIO-key also offers other low-cost solutions for providing fingerprint security authentication including SideSwipe and its laptop-ready scanner.

”BIO-key recognized that our banking, retail, and consumer-facing customers struggled to source a low- cost, high quality fingerprint scanner to pair with our biometric identity assurance platform,” says Jim Sullivan, BIO-key VP of strategy and business development. “Recent acquisitions of fingerprint scanner manufacturers by Apple, Synaptics, Qualcomm and HID has created a void of quality, reasonably priced USB touch scanners.

“In collaboration with NEXT Biometrics, we developed a great scanner with unlimited applications at a terrific price. We think this lower cost solution could provide an ROI tipping point for accelerated adoption of biometrics versus other strong authentication options.”

Previously reported, BIO-key International, Inc. reported record financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014, with a revenue growth of 102% over 2013 while maintaining administrative expenses at less than 2% above 2013 levels.

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