NEXT unveils key fingerprint sensors for smart card market

June 1, 2016 - 

The new generation of fingerprint sensors NEXT Biometrics plans to lead the developing smart card market with was introduced by the company on Tuesday. The robust sensors have low power and cost requirements, even at full size, according to NEXT.

Tore Etholm-Idsoe, CEO of NEXT Biometrics, said, “After 12 months of development we are very happy to announce that we have succeeded in creating a brand new core sensor design that consumes less power and going forward will be used in both our flexible and rigid sensor modules.”

“This sensor is a key part of our strategy to seize the leader position in the booming smart card market,” he said.
The new sensor designs raise the electrostatic discharge (ESD) robustness of NEXT’s sensors to meet the most rigorous ESD compliance standards, and the requirements of the mass markets for fingerprint sensors.

“This is an important milestone in our strategic road map. We thank our high quality team of designers, software, firmware and hardware experts which has done an impressive job developing this new sensor generation,” Etholm-Idsoe said.

NEXT received a high-volume smart card order in April, and Etholm-Idsoe told Biometric Update in a May interview that that there are a number of big markets ready for potential sales in 2017 and 2018. The company says the low power draw of the sensors makes them suited to other battery-driven markets as well.

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