Fingerprint Cards (FPC) is looking to solidify its position in the PC market. To that end, the company has released a new suite of software and hardware solutions that are intended to make it easier for manufacturers to integrate fingerprint biometrics into desktops, laptops, and convertible devices.
According to FPC, the first PCs with the new solutions will arrive sometime in 2020. The software is compatible with Windows 10, and can be used to facilitate logins with Windows Hello and the Microsoft Enhanced Sign-in (SecureBio) solution.
FPC’s sensors, meanwhile, come in a number of different form factors. Depending on the design of the PC, they can be placed virtually anywhere, from the power button to the keyboard to the side of the computer. FPC indicated that the new offerings will help meet the growing demand for biometric authentication beyond the mobile space.
“Market demand for biometrics within the PC market is growing, providing the perfect way to add convenient and secure authentication,” said FPC Business Line Mobile SVP Ted Hansson. “These solutions allow PC users, whether for personal or business purposes, to use their fingerprints to safely store their credentials and authenticate themselves with Windows Hello to unlock their PC, login, or make secure payments.”
Some of the features of the new PC software include FPC OneTouch, FPC QuickTouch, and FPC EvoTouch. The former is a smart wake-up function that gives the software the ability to respond even before the PC has been booted up. QuickTouch is a verification feature that unlocks the computer, while EvoTouch is an algorithm that adapts to changing circumstances.
The FPC solution is now ready for deployment in consumer devices. However, the enterprise solution is still in the demo phase, and will not reach commercialization until the fourth quarter of the year.
The news comes in the wake of several FPC sensor deployments in recent Chromebooks. The company placed its FPC1145 sensor in new ASUS and Samsung Chromebooks in January, and followed that with an FPC1025 sensor in a new HP Chromebook in June. The new line suggests that those integrations were successful, and that FPC is hoping that its PC portfolio will make up a bigger portion of its business moving forward.
August 11, 2020 – by Eric Weiss