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NEXT targets government ID, access control markets with new FAP20 sensor


NEXT Biometrics has started to sample its One Touch ID FAP20 compliant fingerprint sensor to prospective customers in government ID, access control and point of sales markets. FAP20 is a standardized format for biometric sensors used in government applications.

NEXT’s One Touch ID is a direct contact sensor with sharp imaging and zero optical distortion. It operates regardless of light conditions, as it is not affected by ambient light and works with both dry and wet fingers. According to the announcement, NEXT’s patented active thermal technology and LTPS manufacturing process makes the One Touch ID sensor very cost efficient.

“Government ID, access control and point of sales represent multi-million-unit markets that require secure and high-quality sensors,” said Ritu Favre, CEO of NEXT Biometrics. “Our One Touch ID positions NEXT for a leading role in these markets.”

NEXT’s One Touch ID sensor is designed to comply with NIST SP 500-280 v2.1 and FBI’s PIV standard for fingerprint image quality as well as with local government standards in many countries. The sensor has an active area of 0.6 x 0.8 inch, a native resolution of 500dpi and has an overall thickness of less than 600 microns.

A recent study by Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) shows NEXT Biometrics’ fingerprint sensor technology outperforms that of three top competitors in terms of accuracy.

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