Biometric Sensors & Detectors

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A wide range of biometric sensors & detectors are available to consumers for security and access control management. Biometrics refers to methods for recognizing individual people based on unique physical and behavioral traits. Physiological biometrics is one class of biometrics that deals with physical characteristics and attributes that are unique to individuals.

Biometric sensors/detectors are useful in several industries as well as consumers who can put them to use in access control and identity access management and information technology applications. Sensors and detectors are semiconductors (meaning its electric conductivity is in between a conductor and an insulator) which use algorithms to process images from the user’s physical characteristics.

Biometric sensors work by producing electrical currents when they scan a user’s physical characteristic. Many physical characteristics may be scanned by a biometric sensor including eyes, fingerprints, or DNA. Sensors contain an analog to digital converter enabling it to digitize the image and store the digital information in memory so that it can verify the user next time he or she needs to authenticate their identity.

Biometric Sensors

A wide range of biometric sensors & detectors are available to consumers for security and access control management. Biometrics refers to methods for recognizing individual people based on unique physical and behavioral traits. Physiological biometrics is one class of biometrics that deals with physical characteristics and attributes that are unique to individuals.

Biometric sensors/detectors are useful in several industries as well as consumers who can put them to use in access control and identity access management and information technology applications. Sensors and detectors are semiconductors (meaning its electric conductivity is in between a conductor and an insulator) which use algorithms to process images from the user’s physical characteristics.

Biometric sensors work by producing electrical currents when they scan a user’s physical characteristic. Many physical characteristics may be scanned by a biometric sensor including eyes, fingerprints, or DNA. Sensors contain an analog to digital converter enabling it to digitize the image and store the digital information in memory so that it can verify the user next time he or she needs to authenticate their identity.

There is a wide array of companies offering several different types of biometric sensors that may be used for several applications. Many biometrics technology companies specialize in fingerprint sensors for embedded fingerprint applications in USB devices, enrolment stations, MOC technologies and networking ID verification. Sensors can be touch-less, using thermal and optical stripe line sensors.

Other biometric technology companies are marketing their biometric sensors/detectors for use in applications such as fingerprint locks and safes. The added security that comes with biometric sensor locks and safes is an important reason why many homes, institutions and corporate facilities choose biometric sensory locks for their security systems. It is nearly impossible to forge fingerprints and bypass sensory security systems therefore sensors provide an upgrade from conventional locks.

Biometric sensors and detectors for locks and safes eliminate some of the inevitable nuisances and weaknesses of the conventional lock and key. Access time is reduced because the user simply scans his fingerprints or iris instead of finding one of many keys on a key chain. Security is increased because would be thieves have a much harder time getting by a biometric sensory lock than a conventional lock.

Sensors are beginning to revolutionize computer and network security in several different ways. For example, biometric fingerprint sensors are becoming more effective, accurate and useful in the information technology industry and provide convenience and secure user authentication at low cost.

Biometric Sensor products are being developed and marketed at a greater pace than ever before including USB flash drives and PC peripherals. Success is driven by the need for high reliability, security and a market for alternatives to passwords, keys and PINs.

Biometric sensors & detectors are perhaps most useful and important in financial security applications. Personal financial information is often at risk of infiltration by hackers and frauds especially when transactions are made over the internet. Using biometric sensors to control access to financial information has great benefits for both the customer and the financial institution.

When private financial data is kept more secure, the customer benefits from the peace of mind that comes from knowing your money is as safe as possible, and the bank or financial company using the technology benefits from a greater reputation for security.

New innovations are constantly improving biometric sensors/detectors and increasing the range of their possible applications. An example of a recent innovation in biometric fingerprint sensors is the new Identification Flats which requires the user to scan all 10 fingerprints. It uses live scan hardware devices that employ advanced image processing technology to perform ultra fast capture and quality control of fingerprint flats resulting in high security and accuracy performance.

To learn more about biometric sensors & detectors, please follow the links below to these suppliers.

BIOMETRIC SENSOR Solution Providers:

 

Cross Match Technologies is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. Offerings include biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services. Products & Services: Border Control, Facial Recognition, Financial/Transactional, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Healthcare, Iris Scanners, Justice/Law Enforcement, Middleware Software, Mobile Biometrics, Other.


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DigitalPersona – Replace passwords with your fingerprint. DigitalPersona Pro balances the need for strong security and user’s need for convenience. DigitalPersona’s fingerprint readers make logging in easy, fast and secure. With one touch, login to networks, applications and websites. Eliminates password issues. FREE test drives or SDKs available. Over 150 million users worldwide. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Biometric Sensors & Detectors, Mobile Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Financial and Transactional, HealthCare Biometrics, Time and Attendance


 

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) develops fingerprint biometric components and technology that consists of biometric sensors, processors, algorithms and modules. The advantages offered by FPC’s technology include superior image quality, extreme robustness, low power consumption and complete biometric system knowledge. FPC’s technology is implemented in products, such as smart cards, IT, access control, etc. FPC is listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm and operates from representations in over 15 countries worldwide. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers and Biometric Sensors & Detectors.


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Lumidigm has developed and deployed a fingerprint sensor that uses multispectral imaging to capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all environmental conditions. The Lumidigm platform also provides award-winning “liveness” protection. With commercial partners, venture funding, and government sponsors, Lumidigm provides identity management for civil identification, point-of-sale, physical and logical access, and portable electronic device applications. Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.


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MorphoTrak, recently named Biometrics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, provides biometric and identity management solutions to a broad array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, driver licenses, civil identification, and facility/IT security. L-1 has been acquired by Morpho, and is now part of Morpho, Safran’s security division. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company and leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as secure credentials. For more information, visit www.morphotrak.com.   Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition. 


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ZKTeco is a leading global developer and manufacturer of security and time management solutions headquartered in Shenzhen. It is subdivided into 5 business segment/divisions–ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. Its products range from Multi-biometric and RFTD identification Time & Attendance solutions to Access Control solutions like IP-based standalone access control, networked access control panel, readers, and tripod turnstile, from IP Cameras and total surveillance solutions to consumer products, such as intelligent biometric lock, RFID hotel lock. ZKAFIS is engaging in providing economic and reliable AFIS solutions. Products and Services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Middleware / Software, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics , Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.


Other Vendors

  • M2SYS Technology
  • AC Technology
  • ACTAtek Pte Ltd.
  • Anviz Biometric Tech. Co., Ltd.
  • Authentec
  • Biometric Solutions Inc.
  • Black Diamond Advanced Technology
  • Control iD
  • Fujitsu
  • iCognize GmbH
  • Identification International, Inc.
  • Identix
  • IDLink Systems Pte Ltd
  • Integrated Biometric Solutions Pvt. Ltd
  • Loquendo
  • Marconi Federal
  • MaxVision, LLC
  • Mitrefinch Employee Management Solutions
  • Neokoros Brasil Ltda
  • Sequiam BioLock
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Symwave