Biometric Sensors and Detectors
What are biometric sensors?
In order to capture images of the unique biological traits used to identify, verify, and authenticate via biometric technology, specialized hardware is often required. Biometric sensors are made to do just that. Whether they are high definition cameras for capturing face biometrics, infrared cameras for scanning irises, ultrasound devices for picturing multiple layers of a fingerprint, or sub-dermal imaging devices for mapping palm and finger veins, sensors and detectors are an essential aspect of a full biometric ecosystem.
The sensor is the part of a biometric solution that a user interacts with. It could mean touching the home button on her phone to have her fingerprint scanned, or it could mean looking into a mirror for iris-protected border control, but no matter how the image capture occurs, it will involve a sensor and a user.
Where can I find biometric sensors?
Technically, anywhere you can find biometric technology you can also find a sensor. New developments in biometric software, combined with the proliferation of connected cameras and microphones on mobile devices, have created a scenario in which even the basic components of a smartphone can be considered sensors in certain contexts. That said, there is an increasingly good chance that your own smartphone has a specialized fingerprint sensor, either embedded into the device’s rear or integrated into the home button.
Iris scanning cameras can be found in physical access and border control deployments around the world. Finger vein sensors can be found in online corporate banking scenarios where authentication is paramount. Fingerprint sensors can be found used in law enforcement, healthcare, and an increasing number of enterprise and consumer deployments. Fingerprint sensors will even likely be found on smart cards in the near future, giving them further purchase in the financial and access control markets.
How are biometric sensors making a difference?
Thanks to Windows 10’s biometric security platform, Windows Hello, users and businesses can easily add biometric sensors to their machines. Plug and play USB sensors are available right now for this purpose, ready to replace your password with strong authentication.
Iris scanners and fingerprint sensors are enabling biometric capture in India for its ambitious national ID program, Aadhaar.
The boom in mobile fingerprint biometrics lead to a fingerprint sensor manufacturer being Europe’s best performing stock of 2015.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Biometric Sensors and Detectors solutions.
Lumidigm is now HID Biometrics! Lumidigm® multispectral imaging technology revolutionized the biometrics industry by addressing common, real-world performance problems head-on to enable convenient, secure and reliable authentication solutions. The Lumidigm platform also delivers state-of-the art, field-updatable liveness detection. HID Biometrics offers Lumidigm® solutions to markets such as healthcare, banking, citizen ID, time & attendance, and access control.
MorphoTrak provides the technology and performance trusted by FBI NGI for 10-print, latent, and RISC fast-ID matching and 50% of U.S. State Law Enforcement. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator of interoperable biometric identification systems as well as finger/palm/vein, facial and iris recognition. With 40 years’ experience, Morpho technology serves more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries and is consistently ranked #1 by NIST for enrollment and matching accuracy. For more information, visit www.morpho.com/USA
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.
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.
Crossmatch 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.
Enabled by its patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, NEXT Biometrics (www.nextbiometrics.com) offers high quality area fingerprint sensors at a fraction of the prices of comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats including Smartphones, Tablets, PC’s, Doors, Time registration systems, Wearables, Payment terminals, Flashdrives, USB-tokens, Key fobs and many more are targeted.