FPC issues Q2 2017 report, announces Qualcomm partnership

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has released an interim report for Q2 2017, which saw revenues amounted to SEK 823.4 million (US$100 million) compared to SEK 1,666.1 M (US$202.2 M) in Q2 2016. The gross margin for the quarter was 36 percent, while operating profit amounted to SEK 72.0 M (US$8.7 M), compared to SEK 675.1 M (US$82 M) in the year-earlier period. Meanwhile, the company’s earnings per share before dilution amounted to SEK 0.10 M (US$10,000) compared to SEK 1.72 M

Apple patents technology to discreetly call 911 using your fingerprint

Apple has patented a new technology to more discreetly call emergency services by simply touching the iPhone screen, aimed at helping users evade potential attackers, according to a report by CNBC. Initially filed back in 2013 and published on July 18, the patent application for “Biometric Initiated Communication” details technology that would sense the “manner” in which a finger touched the iPhone screen to trigger a 911 call. The filing explains that the iPhone would analyze a number of criteria

Isorg, FlexEnable win award for high-resolution flexible plastic fingerprint sensor

Isorg announced that its first large-sized high-resolution flexible plastic fingerprint sensor, which it co-developed with FlexEnable, won the 2017 Best of Sensors Expo – Silver Applications Award. The ultra-thin 500 dpi flexible image sensor (sensitive from visible to near infrared) offers significant benefits for system integrators in performance and compactness. The sensor is able to conform to three-dimensional shapes, which differentiates it from conventional image sensors. The device provides dual detection: fingerprinting in addition to vein matching. The device’s large-area

BIO-key reports interest in its fingerprint solutions from healthcare organizations

BIO-key International reports that it has received orders from ten healthcare organizations for its fingerprint biometric solutions during the second quarter of 2017. The orders represent approximately $250,000 in revenue from a range of new and existing customers. The organizations, which include hospitals, eye care centers, medical device manufacturers, medical labs and group practices, are utilizing BIO-key solutions to address online security concerns, improve workflow and meet multifactor compliance requirements. “BIO-key is achieving particularly strong sales traction in healthcare, expanding

IdentiMetrics brings biometric tech to Pennsylvania school district lunch lines

In an effort to prove to the federal government that the district is actually serving the number of students that it claims to feed, the Hazleton Area school district in Pennsylvania has selected biometrics technology from IdentiMetrics. All students in the district have eaten free lunches and breakfasts since 2015 when the federal government implemented a program aimed at reducing hunger. Board President Jared O’Donnell explained that fingerprint records will be able to prove to the federal government that the

MagnaChip to be ELAN’s foundry partner for biometric smartcard production

MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation has been selected as ELAN Microelectronics’ foundry partner for the production of biometric smartcards. Embedded with a fingerprint sensor, the smartcard is designed to provide secure identification to prevent credit card fraud. The sensor-IC based smartcard will be made using MagnaChip’s 0.35 micron Mixed Signal Thick IMD manufacturing process technology. MagnaChip was chosen primarily for its recognized specialized foundry capability, proven and reliable manufacturing processes with robust analog performance, according to the media release. “We hope that

Why are under-display fingerprint sensors the next goal in biometrics?

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. The race to create an effective under-display fingerprint sensor that can also be economically mass-produced is on. But what’s the big deal? Why do so many companies in the biometrics industry want to get in on this new technology? Screens Take Over Smartphone fingerprint scanners that can be used to verify identity and unlock a phone, authorize a purchase or start a download are now common. However,

Technavio report forecasts fingerprint market to grow 12% CAGR from 2017-2021

Technavio recently released new research that forecasts the fingerprint biometrics market will grow at a CAGR of nearly 12 percent from 2017 to 2021, driven by the growing need for secure authentication, especially in government projects. Titled ‘Global Fingerprint Biometrics Market 2017-2021’, Technavio’s analysts categorize the global fingerprint biometrics market into six major segments by end user, including government, transit, healthcare, BFSI, retail, and others. The report states that the top three revenue-generating end-user segments for the global finger biometrics

Australian government agency to use BIO-key biometrics technology

An unnamed Australian government agency has selected BIO-key International’s ID Director for Windows software and SideSwipe fingerprint readers to enable fingerprint authentication for agency employees across the country. The agreement marks BIO-key’s first notable contract in Australia, supporting further business development opportunities within government, healthcare, financial, retail, and enterprise markets throughout the nation. The contract was facilitated by BIO-key’s new distribution partner Aquion Pty Ltd, which will establish a local channel to market biometric software and hardware solutions to enterprise

M2SYS selects Suprema fingerprint scanner for its cloud-based biometric software solution

Suprema partners can now take advantage of the M2SYS CloudABIS solutions suite to ease development and implementation efforts required for projects that use Suprema biometric hardware. M2SYS’ biometric identification software has over 300 million enrolled users in projects across more than 100 countries. The company’s CloudABIS is a suite of cloud-based biometric software solutions designed to mitigate the challenges and costs related to developing, deploying, and maintaining a biometric software system. CloudABIS can be rapidly integrated into any software to