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Next Biometrics order, Mantra update bring fingerprint access control to more Windows PCs


Next Biometrics hopes to see a jump in its revenue and “potentially higher volumes” of sales after receiving the first order for its new, high-value PC fingerprint sensor.

A company announcement revealed the biometric sensor for personal computers is compliant with Microsoft SecureBio requirements and was developed thanks to collaboration with Broadcom Inc.

The order, the announcement adds, comes from a top customer which contributed to the development of the solution and has already chosen it for many of its Notebook platforms.

Peter Heuman, CEO of Next Biometrics, said it was a pleasure for the company and its partners to continue to be at the forefront of developments in the biometrics industry.

“It is…pleasing to see the great interest this high value solution is generating among our customers, and that we have achieved yet another design-in from a global OEM with improved revenue potential. This development has changed the nature of our PC business,” said Heuman.

Next says the premium sensor solution adds significant value for customers, and is expected to deliver higher average revenue per sensor than Next’s previous sensor products. Biometric fingerprint sensors may become compulsory for computer manufacturers around the world as Microsoft looks to introduce its ‘Modern PC’ protocol in the last half of the year, according to the announcement.

Next stock price spike

As news of the biometric PC sensor deal has emerged, Next Biometrics’ share price has spiked from NOK 3.28 (US$0.39) at the close of Friday trading to NOK 7.43 ($0.88) per share in Tuesday trading on the Oslo exchange.

Mantra’s fingerprint biometrics now support Windows log-in

Elsewhere, Mantra Softech has announced that biometric log-in with Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) and Windows Hello is now supported by its three fingerprint scanners, namely the MFS500, Mapro CX, and Mapro OX.

The WBF is a framework that provides compatibility with biometric services and drivers and allows device to interact with the system and supports biometric solution development, the company explained in a press release.

Reacting to the development, Mantra Softech Technical Director, Hiren Bhandari, said it was a pleasure to make the WBF available to the company’s fingerprint device users.

“With this framework, it will be now possible for fingerprint device users to operate on a common management platform that will enhance the quality, reliability, and consistency of the user experience,” he said.

This solution, he explained, has puts an end to a situation whereby in the processing of implementing fingerprint biometric devices, “vendors were required to provide their own USB drivers, SDKs, and application that resulted in lacking a homogeneous user experience and a common management platform for all fingerprint biometric devices which complicated the process of applying fingerprint recognition products in Windows.”

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