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BIO-key releases compact USB fingerprint reader for enterprises and consumers


BIO-key International announced it is releasing compact fingerprint reader SideSwipe, which delivers quality and affordability for mainstream deployment of fingerprint technology to mass markets.

The high-quality fingerprint scanner comes in an ergonomic, cable-free design for USB-equipped tablets, laptops and other mobile form factors, allowing on-the-go enrollment and identification on the device or to the cloud.

SideSwipe Mini Fingerprint Reader
SideSwipe Mini Fingerprint Reader

Priced at $34.99 each, SideSwipe is an affordable and compact USB fingerprint scanner that enterprises can leverage for large-scale consumer use.

The fingerprint scanner’s dimensions are 0.75”L x 0.6”W x 0.5” H when plugged in, and is able to stay attached to laptops and tablets if needed.

BIO-key will offer SideSwipe to enterprise customers both directly from and through select distribution partners in North and South America.

In addition to SideSwipe, BIO-key offers a range of other swipe devices and area scanners, including the latest generation sensor from Next Biometrics, as a result of the two companies recently establishing hardware and software partnerships.

“The SideSwipe scanner sets new benchmarks for price point, size and product quality,” said Mike DePasquale, chairman and CEO of BIO-key International. “We all understand that the future for biometric technology is bright, but the market needs a catalyst to expedite adoption. Paired with our WEB-key solution, any enterprise can deploy a market competitive, cost effective and highly secure biometric authentication option to eliminate passwords or tokens.”

SideSwipe also offers a branding opportunity for larger enterprise and OEM customers, as the fingerprint reader can be branded with a company logo and then offered to customers as an extra level of security or as part of a loyalty program.

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