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Fingerprint Cards receives volume biometric sensor order for PCs, wins approval for mobile payments


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An unnamed Asian PC-maker has ordered “a couple of hundred thousand” units of Fingerprint Cards  new biometric PC solution.

The biometrics company said in an announcement that it is the second of its major orders in just days, after another PC manufacturer ordered several hundred thousand sensor units.

According to the announcement, the biometric PC solution, which was introduced in August 2020, is software that is compatible with the Windows 10 PC operating system and supports integrated use for a wide range of touch sensors produced by Fingerprint Cards.

Further explaining specifications of the software, the company said it also interfaces with Windows Hello and is compliant with Microsoft Enhanced Sign-in (SecureBio), which meets both the biometrics and security requirements of Microsoft.

The new solution is designed for uses across a variety of domains and devices including notebooks, 2-in-1 convertibles and PC accessories, the statement added.

With two major order in just days, Fingerprint Cards says it is hopeful about a positive market trend for its biometric authentication solution for consumer and enterprise PCs.

The company also said it plans to be the market leader of the PC biometric sensor market, hoping that about 170 million of the estimated 260 million PC units shipped every year will have a fingerprint touch sensor by 2026.

EMVCo approves slim sensor for mobile payments

FPC has also announced that its FPC1541 slim mobile fingerprint sensor has been approved for biometric payments in line with the EMV Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Methods (CDCVM) Security Requirements.

The fingerprint sensor is the first to be approved by the evaluation for mobile devices, according to the announcement.

The EMVCo standard is supported by banks, merchants, payment networks, and other stakeholders, and the CDCVM requirements respond to the growing use of biometric authentication for payments on consumer-owned devices. The requirements define several high-level biometric performance requirements, including false acceptance and rejection rates (FAR and FRR). Fingerprint Cards is also an active participant in GlobalPlatform and the FIDO Alliance, both of which are submitting bodies for CDCVM requirements.

“Biometrics and mobile payments are becoming synonymous due to the combination of security and convenience. These new requirements from EMVCo are a testament to the increasingly important, central role of biometrics in this ecosystem,” comments Ted Hansson, SVP Mobile Business Line at Fingerprints. “Fingerprints has long been a proud collaborator with the payments industry and champions of standardization. This achievement is an important marker of the quality and performance of our sensors and shows that even our design-enabling small and slim sensors meet the needs of the rigorous payments world.”

The FPC1541 is designed for side-mounting to consumer devices, and can also serve as a power button and volume control.

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