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IDEX introduces matcher algorithm, wins initial order from Asian smartcard provider


IDEX has introduced a new proprietary matcher algorithm for next generation biometric cards.

According to a company statement, the patented algorithm was specifically designed to deliver a step-function improvement in performance for applications with acute power, processing and memory limitations and completes IDEX’s turn-key system solution for cards. The matcher is designed for real world usability in smartcard and IOT applications, and is rotation insensitive and accepts partial touches. Combined with IDEX’s sensors it offers a complete system solution. The solution has completed user testing with a 1:50,000 FRR.

“We are proud to introduce our new, patented matcher specifically designed for biometric card applications,” commented Dr. Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX. ” Building on the algorithm IDEX acquired in late 2014, the matcher represents the product of nearly two decades of combined development and optimization.

“Although many matching algorithms exist for mobile phones, these matchers rely on the substantial power and processing available in handset applications. These resources are extremely limited in card applications, requiring a matching algorithm to be highly efficient. IDEX’s new matcher is ultra-compact and delivers excellent performance in user testing. Combined with our flexible off-chip fingerprint sensor, IDEX is able to offer a complete turn-key system solution for biometric cards.”

The fingerprint sensor firm also announced that it has received an initial order to deliver its off-chip fingerprint sensors for cards to a major Asian authentication and security card customer. The sensors will be integrated in the customer’s biometric ISO form factor card for government identification and access control applications, and is expected to be delivered during the second half of 2017.

“The interest for biometric cards has increased significantly over the last quarters, and IDEX is experiencing strong customer demand for fingerprint sensors for card applications,” explained Mardia. “This customer is a high-volume producer with a strong global market footprint … targeting multiple industries, including government, telecom, financial services and corporate customers.”

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