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2012’s most significant biometric acquisitions


Through 2012, there were many major acquisitions in the biometric community, indicating industry consolidation, as well as a growing interest in biometric technologies in both the consumer and enterprise spaces.

Here are the top 5 most significant acquisitions in the biometric community from 2012:

1. Apple’s $356 million acquisition of AuthenTec
Definitely the most talked about acquisition, and perhaps even the most mysterious play by a major company, Apple’s US$356 million purchase of AuthenTec started a wave of speculation for the iPhone 5, as well as many predictions for biometrics in consumer devices. Though the iPhone 5 did not include the biometric capabilities some hoped and expected it would, Apple is definitely planning something big, as AuthenTec recently sold off its embedded security solutions and also has stopped selling fingerprint technologies to Apple competitors. Read more

2. Cross Match technologies acquired by Francisco Partners
Francisco Partners, a global private equity firm focused on investments in technology and technology-enabled services business, acquired Cross Match Technologies, earlier this year. Cross Match is a provider of interoperable biometric identity management systems. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed. Read more

3. Facebook completes Face.com acquisition  
In July, Facebook completed its acquisition of Face.com for an undisclosed amount. Facebook is a company that many were watching closely earlier this year as it launched its IPO. Face.com is a provider of online facial recognition technologies and its been rumoured that Facebook has used the Face.com API to improve its recognition capabilities  throughout its entire platform, including its troublesome mobile applications. Read more

4. Google purchases Viewdle for $30 million
In October of this year, Google purchased Viewdle, a vendor of facial recognition software, which allows smartphone manufacturers to embed recognition technology into their handsets. With the company’s popular line of Nexus smartphones and the wildly successful Nexus 7 tablet, it’s likely that Google suite of products will include biometric capabilities in a more prominent way. According to reports, Google’s purchase of Viewdle cost the search giant US$30 million. Read more

5. Novetta Solutions buys International Biometric Group
In September, Novetta Solutions LLC, a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners, announced the acquisition of International Biometric Group, a leader in identity intelligence services for government and commercial clients.  The price of this acquisition was not disclosed. Read more

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