Fingerprint Cards developing facial recognition technology

Fingerprint Cards has announced it is adding facial recognition to its portfolio of biometric modalities, and is developing a solution to expand its touchless offerings by combining the convenience of face recognition with the security of iris recognition.

The company plans to offer secure touchless biometric solutions, according to the announcement, which will initially be available for smartphones, and eventually be offered for automotive and IoT applications.

“As the leading biometrics company, it is natural to continuously innovate and expand into new areas. Our development initiatives include both new applications for our existing technology, such as fingerprint sensors for smart cards, but also solutions based on new biometric modalities. We added iris recognition to our portfolio last year with FPC ActiveIRIS for Android, and now we are taking the next step by introducing face authentication possibilities,” commented Christian Fredrikson, CEO of Fingerprint Cards.

“We see a growing interest in the smartphone industry for touchless biometric solutions, as well as for combining different biometric modalities, with the main driver being to increase both security and convenience. The addition of face recognition to our iris and fingerprint solutions makes Fingerprints uniquely well-positioned to meet this demand.”

The technology is expected to be integrated with customer products in the second half of 2018.

Fingerprint Cards said in its 2017 year-end report that it would redirect resources into growth areas, as it expects areas other than fingerprint sensors for smartphones to contribute twice as much revenue in 2018. FPC sensors were featured in several new smartphones at the recent Mobile World Congress, however, including devices from Huawei, ZTE, and LG.

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