NEXT Biometrics has revealed the name of its major Indian partner, which has just obtained an important certification.
Access Computech Pvt. Ltd. (ACPL) was the firm involved in a $2.2 million order of NEXT’s FAP 20 fingerprint sensor announced in February of 2022. In NEXT’s initial announcement of the deal, which did not name the company, CEO Peter Heuman described the client as “one of the fastest growing local authentication OEMs in the world’s largest biometric market.” Later, NEXT would explain that the client is a key actor in an “upgraded biometric security program” with a national scope.
For its part, ACPL boasts of expertise in the areas of time and attendance tracking, access control, and visitor management, and says it serves clients across a number of industries including power, mining, electronics, textiles, and petrochemicals.
NEXT had also explained in its initial announcement of the deal with ACPL that it was conditional on clearing important certification tests relating to Aadhaar, India’s sprawling biometric national ID program. Now, ACPL has received L1 certification from the Indian government’s Ministry of Home Affairs, authorizing it to provide security services to clients in the country.
Accordingly, NEXT says it “now expects more recurring orders with shipments starting from Q4 2023 and into 2024.”
“This is the moment we have been waiting for, this is the starting point for making NEXT Biometrics sensor a substantial part of Indian Aadhaar eco-system,” said NEXT Biometrics Sales and Marketing SVP Ulf Ritsvall. “We extend our warmest congratulations to ACPL for this remarkable achievement.”
For ACPL’s part, Managing Director Ajay Sinha praised NEXT for doing “a fantastic job integrating their world-class sensor with our device,” and for the sensor itself, lauding “its durability, slim form factor, and low power consumption”.
September 7, 2023 – by Alex Perala