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Next Biometrics inks FAP20 fingerprint sensor deal with Credence ID for lower-cost mobile devices



Credence ID has placed an initial purchase order for FAP20 fingerprint sensors from Next Biometrics to expand its line of high-end biometric Android devices to serve markets in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

The new devices featuring Next’s One Touch 2000 sensor will be offered at a lower cost, and Next Biometrics says the partnership could eventually generate sales of 100,000 sensors per year for a strong base of recurring revenues. The One Touch 2000 was recently certified for compliance with FBI Next Generation Identification (NGI) Image Quality Specifications (IQS), and a first purchase order for the sensors placed by Newland Payment Technology.

“We have selected NEXT Biometrics PIV certified FAP 20 fingerprint sensor to launch our “ECO” generation of handheld products that will be marketed separately from our existing FAP 30 devices. This will enable us to meet customers demand in the government ID and flexible Mobile ID device solutions. NEXT Biometrics active thermal technology will enable us to offer competitively priced, secure, high-performance PIV certified mobile ID devices to our customers,” says Yash Shah, Credence ID CTO.

Credence ID unveiled a new web-based management tool for mobile biometric devices, CredenceCONNECT, last September.

“We are pleased to have received this break-through order from Credence ID and their introduction of the next generation ECO products. This will enable NEXT to support a US-based industry leader and follow the established success of Credence ID’s global expansion of award-winning products,” states Next Biometrics CEO Peter Heuman.

Next Biometrics noted in its most recent earnings report that its sales pipeline has improved and the long-term outlook for the fingerprint sensor market is good.

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