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Simprints bringing its mobile biometrics solution to Nepal


Fingerprint technology firm Simprints is rolling out its biometric fingerprint scanners in July as part of a digital healthcare program by the non-profit ‘Possible’ in Nepal.

Earlier this year, SimPrints co-founders Toby Norman, Tristram Norman and Daniel Storisteanu were recognized in the 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs list for their impact in developing medical record-keeping technology for developing countries.

Simprints’ fingerprint technology creates a unique digital identity based on a fingerprint, allowing healthcare workers in remote areas to access patient records on a mobile device. The algorithm in the biometric scanner had to be optimized to recognize worn and scarred fingerprints. The scanners connect via Bluetooth with the Simprints identification app and is compatible with Android mobile devices.

According to a report in Business Weekly, the development of a solution capable of collecting and processing the reference fingerprints was accelerated by a weekly ‘hack night’ where up to 20 volunteers from neighbouring tech companies gave their time to work on Simprints projects.

The company has previously received funding from Innovate UK, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UKAid and USAID.

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