Norwegian fingerprint biometric company NEXT Biometrics has recently signed a strategic agreement with Fulcrum Biometrics. The partnership will see Fulcrum supplying NEXT fingerprint sensors to the United States market.
The partnership was inked simultaneously with an order for 10,000 sensors, the first delivery of which will begin this month.
“We are very pleased to be able to welcome Fulcrum Biometrics as our distributor in the strategically important North American market,” says NEXT Biometrics CEO Etholm-Idsøe.
He goes on to praise his company’s new partner: “Fulcrum is a highly respected and successful supplier of high quality biometric solutions. It is the NEXT strategy to exploit the potential of our technology through alliances with the best in our industry. Fulcrum is a perfect fit for us.”
Both sides of the agreement are amicable. Ken Nosker, CEO Fulcrum Biometrics, returns the praise, expecting NEXT to thrive in the American market.
“The fingerprint sensor market has waited a long time for the introduction of a low cost no compromise area sensor,” he says. “We believe the NEXT technology will not only seize a significant share of the traditional sensor market but also – and more importantly – pave the way for a broad range of new volume market applications. We look forward to serving both existing and new markets using the NEXT technology.”
According to the NEXT website, the company’s technology allows for the combination of low cost and high performance fingerprint recognition aimed at replacing passwords, PINs, cards and keys. NEXT sensors are used in biometric payments as well as physical and logical access control, all areas that require a balance between factors of cost and performance in order to overcome adoption barriers.
June 27, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter