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FlexEnable demonstrating smartcard embedded with its 500 dpi flexible fingerprint sensor at TRUSTECH


FlexEnable will be showcasing its 500 dpi flexible fingerprint sensor in a smartcard form factor at TRUSTECH 2016 in Cannes later this month.

The 500 dpi flexible optical fingerprint sensor uses high performance organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) on low cost plastics. The sensor has been developed in collaboration with Grenoble-based ISORG who supplies the organic photodiodes able to capture the fingerprint, and has provided all the reading electronics and the related algorithms. The flexible fingerprint sensor can be paired with any end-user software to create an authentication device with low false acceptance and rejection rates.

Made of organic electronics on a plastic sheet, the 500 dpi flexible fingerprint sensor is only 0.3 mm thick, less than half the thickness of a smartcard (0.76 mm), bringing design and functional benefits to smartcards. As well as detecting fingerprints, the sensor can capture unique finger vein patterns, which requires the user to be alive for positive detection.

“The flexible fingerprint sensor has been developed with several fast expanding markets in mind,” commented Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable. “The unique features of the sensor such as its thinness, lightness and robustness make it suitable for smartcard applications, including banking, security and healthcare. We welcome collaboration with smartcard manufacturers, software developers and product designers interested in integrating this cutting-edge flexible fingerprint sensor technology into smartcards.”

Apart from the small area fingerprint sensor, FlexEnable provides large area flexible fingerprint sensors that are suitable for optical fingerprint and vein scanners for border control or applications that require multi-finger verification. These sensors are suitable for FBI certification.

In related news, Suprema and NEXT Biometrics will also be showcasing their fingerprint technology at Trustech. Suprema is demonstrating what it calls the ‘world’s slimmest’ fingerprint authentication scanner and NEXT Biometrics bringing its flexible fingerprint sensors for smartcards.

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