EgisTec discusses their EH570 fingerprint touch sensor

March 31, 2015 - 

Egis Technology, a Taiwan-based firm that specializes in biometrics, demonstrated its newest fingerprint IC sensor, which it claims to be amongst the world’s smallest, along with a biorhythm monitor and new cloud offering at the 2015 International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) held January in Las Vegas.

Egis Technology claims its new EH570 is currently the world’s smallest rectangle-shaped fingerprint touch sensor. In an exclusive interview with BiometricUpdate.com at CES 2015, Maverick Lee demonstrated the major features and benefits of the device.

According to Egis Technology, the new EH570 sensor can be integrated as either a home or side button of a smartphone. The side button has the capability of smart navigation, resulting in the ability to use one hand to operate a large screen phone. The EH570 is also capable of authenticating and verifying the identity of the user with a highest degree of confidence. In addition, the device able to read fingerprint in various wet or dry conditions.

According to Lee, the combination of these factors yields a state-of-the-art fingerprint authentication and verification system capable of delivering maximum performance – all rolled up into a tiny module operating at a low power consumption.

At the event, the firm also demonstrated its first wearable device, the YuKey SmartBand. Egis Technology’s wearable device has a combination of sensors including a fingerprint scanner and heart monitor. Empowered with Bluetooth connectivity, the YuKey SmartBand is able to connect and sync smartphones wirelessly and also can upload biorhythm data to the cloud.

The firm has worked to protect its cloud data by implementing Fast IDentity Online, otherwise known as FIDO specifications. Its private cloud, which it calls VDI box is actually a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that provides an all-in-one device with a server access platform that provides both fingerprint security and authentication based on FIDO specifications.

Combining VDI and secure authentication in a separate device results in an all-in-one product that operates using lower power consumption than a standard PC. Further the device utilizes an Android environment that allows developers to easily port and write applications.

EgisTec expects to license its sensor technology to smartphone and tablet manufacturers. Currently, the Taiwanese firm counts Acer, Asus and Lenovo among its clients.

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Rawlson O’Neil King is a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com and is an experienced communications professional, management consultant, trade journalist and author who recently published a book about control and electronic networks and who has written numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals about smart home and building technologies. Follow him @rawlsonking2.