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October 31, 2012

DigitalPersona Introduces New Range of Biometric Fingerprint Sensors for Identifying Mobile Devices

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

DigitalPersona, Inc. recently announced the introduction of a new range of biometric fingerprint sensors. The latest offering from DigitalPersona has been developed for the expanding mobile identification devices market.

DigitalPersona is an expert in developing biometrically-based authentication and access management solutions. In a statement, Nirmal Prakash, managing director at Smart Identity Devices Pvt. Ltd., said, "Smart ID is pleased to team up with DigitalPersona to bring their new PIV fingerprint reader to the Indian market. DigitalPersona's high-volume manufacturing experience makes them the ideal supplier of high performance, low cost PIV fingerprint readers for India's UID project."

The new DigitalPersona U.are.U 5100 family of fingerprint modules and readers essentially simplifies high-efficiency, and standards-compliant biometrics that is used in handheld ID terminals. Use of handheld ID devices is currently on the rise across the globe as it is used in Civil ID applications that include voting, benefits-checking, as well as micro-finance where power and a compact size are critical and advantageous.

Chris Trytten, director of product management at DigitalPersona, said, "Countries creating national biometric databases are turning to mobile ID terminals as a way to provide fraud-free distribution of entitlements and social services. Vendor options for integrating fingerprint biometrics have been limited because of power consumption, size, durability, and standards compliance. The U.are.U 5100 family of fingerprint sensors enables standards-based biometric mobile ID solutions to be smaller, power friendly, longer lasting, and more affordable."

The new U.are.U 5100 family of fingerprint modules and readers will be made available for order from November 15, 2012. Demonstration of the new PIV-standard U.are.U 5100 Fingerprint Module as well as a desktop peripheral reader model was conducted by DigitalPersona at the Biometrics 2012 Exhibition, which was organized at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, London, U.K., from October 30-31.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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