CrucialTec develops fingerprint sensor for IoT devices

March 31, 2017 - 

CrucialTec has developed a standalone fingerprint module that can be installed in any type of connected, or Internet of Things, devices, according to a report by The Investor.

The fingerprint module is unique in that it operates on its own embedded processor, while other fingerprint scanners for smartphones typically require the processing capability of a smartphone application processor chip.

With a small footprint and high energy efficiency, the fingerprint scanner can be integrated into any electronics device including PCs, refrigerators, and electric bikes that can be connected on the network. The fingerprint module can also be used as a security mechanism for safes and vaults.

CrucialTec says the module measures at 17 millimeters squared and consumes 30 milliampere hours.

“The solution, which offers easy application and usage, will help the biometric technology be more widely used in daily lives,” CrucialTec said in a press release. “The company is currently in talks with home appliance makers for supply deals and will be able to show positive results.”

CrucialTec is one of the fingerprint module providers for global smartphone manufacturers including LG Electronics, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo.

Previously reported, CrucialTec said it will begin supplying its on-screen fingerprint sensors that allows for biometric authentication on a smartphone screen, as opposed to the home button, to smartphone vendors around the world later this year.

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