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IDEX to present mobile device fingerprint sensor concept at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona


Norway-based IDEX has announced that it will be presenting its concept of a fingerprint sensor embedded in the display cover glass of mobile handsets at the Mobile World Congress Exhibition and Conference, February 25-28 in Barcelona.

The sensor-in-glass concept is one that has been generating steam as of late in the biometrics and mobile communities, following Apple’s filing of a patent for iPhone’s which outlines a fingerprint sensor concealed behind a closed window on the device.

Reported in BiometricUpdate.com, it’s likely the next iPhone will feature fingerprint technology, though in its typical fashion, Apple is keeping the details of its next iPhone close to its chest and it’s more than likely the next iPhone’s specifications will remain secret until the phone is launched.

IDEX’s solution uses the company’s principle of separating the sensing array from the electronics. The unique, patented through-substrate via connections enable the fingerprint image to be read through virtually any material such as glass, silicon, polymer and ceramics.

“This technology demonstrator shows the functional possibilities that IDEX’s IP and technology can offer,” IDEX ASA CEO Ralph W. Bernstein said.

The IDEX SmartFinger sensor is a compact swipe sensor, designed for integration into mobile and card products. The technology is protected by multiple patent families covering subjects such as sensing principles, sensor component design and image processing algorithms.

IDEX will be showing its Smartfinger evaluation kit, as well as the SmartFinger Embedded development kit at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, IDEX entered into an agreement with an unnamed Chinese Technology company in regards to a biometric ID program involving IDEX’s SmartFinger swipe sensor.

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