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IDEX introduces new large area sensor for biometric cards


IDEX has announced a new large area sensor for biometric cards.

According to a company statement, the bendable sensor is based on IDEX’s off-chip technology and leverages the company’s advanced ASIC which enables a combination of enhanced processing performance and power efficiency, making it a very effective solution for both contact-based and dual-interface biometric cards. The Norwegian biometrics company expects to begin sampling its large area sensor to customers in the first half of 2018.

“Unlike smartphones, sensor solutions for biometric card applications must work within very tight power, processing and memory constraints and also do not have a screen to give simple user feedback during the enrolment process,” explains said Stan Swearingen, CPO of IDEX. “These unique challenges for cards mean there is a real need for larger sensors to get enrolment to be really fast and accurate.”

“This new sensor expands IDEX’s product offering significantly, and delivers a more secure and user-friendly biometric card that reduces the time for customers to enrol,” added Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX.

The new IDEX large area sensor has an active area of 13x13mm, complying with current ISO requirements for the physical characteristics of a biometric system-on-card and can be produced using an existing high-volume supply chain and standard card manufacturing processes.

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