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BIO-key International, NEXT Biometrics Group ASA establish hardware and software partnerships


BIO-key International and NEXT Biometrics Group ASA announced that they have established hardware and software partnerships which will enable both companies to reinforce their offerings.

NEXT Biometrics has licensed BIO-key International‘s fingerprint algorithm to be used with its new reduced-area, affordable sensors.

Meanwhile, BIO-key has made a purchase order for NEXT area sensors for use in BIO-key’s new line of high performance fingerprint scanner devices.

NEXT was seeking an effective algorithm for use with its new mid-sized fingerprint imaging sensors and after a thorough evaluation it selected BIO-key International.

“This collaboration is a perfect match for both parties,” said NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe. “NEXT Biometrics will, by including BIO-key in our ‘NEXT Certified Partner Program,’ further enhance its offering in the design and price focused Smartphone and Tablet space and at the same time, we get a new, attractive, sensor customer.”

NBIO-key’s software allows NEXT to provide moderate sensor size reductions without reducing its system level security or user experience.

By combining BIO-key’s algorithm with NEXT’s new reduced-area sensors, NEXT is able to further push its competitive edge in the Smartphone and Tablet markets.

On the other side of the partnership, BIO-key has put in a purchase order for NEXT sensors to meet its short and medium term needs.

“We are proud to have been selected by NEXT to complement their breakthrough sensor technology,” said Michael DePasquale, chairman and CEO of BIO-key. “The NEXT sensor line comes at the perfect point of inflection in fingerprint biometric adoption and complements existing offerings in our product line.”

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