Biometric Fingerprint Readers
What are fingerprint readers?
Fingerprints are practically synonymous with identity. The unique ridges and whorls on the tips of your finger have been distinguishing one person from another since 1788 when German anatomist Johann Christoph Andreas Mayer discovered that every fingerprint is different.
Fingerprint readers do exactly what their name describes. Using either optical, capacitive, or ultrasound sensor technology, they measure the characteristics of a fingerprint. This can be used to identify an individual by comparing the scanned print to many different templates stored in a database, as is commonly done with criminal background checks, or it can be done on a one-to-one basis in order to authenticate a user.
Where can I find fingerprint readers?
Fingerprint readers, thanks to innovations in cost efficiency and design, can be found in a wide variety of applications. Wall mounted access control terminals, police squad cars, patient sign-in areas at clinics, the smartphone in your pocket—these are only some of the places you can find biometric fingerprint readers.
Thanks to the widespread availability of consumer grade fingerprint biometric on smartphones, the average user is becoming familiar with the modality as it continues to proliferate digital security and identity across all manner of vertical markets. In some countries it has become mandatory to enroll a fingerprint in order to open a cellphone account, other places require fingerprints to vote in elections. Fingerprint readers are all around us, ushering us into a new era of identity.
How are fingerprint readers making a difference?
Fingerprint biometrics are a common modality for performing criminal background checks for individuals seeking to work in the public trust. In the United States, these checks can be performed in around 15 minutes, and the FBI’s Rap Back program keeps employers up to date on any subsequent criminal activity performed by the applicant.
If you are looking to pay for goods and services with your smartphone, chances are you will need to use a fingerprint reader. The two most popular mobile wallets in the world, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, authenticate payment transactions using the fingerprint reader on your phone. Soon, fingerprints are set to replace credit card PINs as biometrics sensors are integrated into smart cards.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation uses fingerprint readers in its vaccination initiatives around the world. Biometrics help track the vaccination histories of children and adults alike. A scan of the finger is all it takes to bring up a patient’s medical history, ensuring that language isn’t a barrier in serving essential medicines to communities in need.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Fingerprint Readers solutions.
BioConnect is on a Quest – for Rightful Identity. Why? To empower people to use their unique biometric credentials (their Rightful Identity) in their everyday lives – delivering greater security, assurance and convenience along the way. BioConnect revolutionized the physical access control market with its industry-first identity platform that enables the integration of biometric technology with the industry’s leading access control solutions. Learn more at www.bioconnect.com Products and Services: Healthcare, Physical Access, Time & Attendance, Fingerprint Readers
Biocryptology® is a disruptive biometric-based authentication technology. The name references this platform’s high-quality encryption algorithm, which is combined with unique biometric identification and (in the case of the Swipe ID device) anti-tampering mechanisms to keep all ID verification and electronic transactions completely secure. Products & Services: Fingerprint, Financial, Logical Access, Mobile, Physical Access
Suprema is a global leader in biometrics and securities technology. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema is able to continually develop and manufacture reliable industry leading products. Suprema’s extensive portfolio of products include biometric access control systems, time & attendance devices, fingerprint/live scanners and embedded fingerprint modules. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer/Residential Biometrics, Justice/Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics
Nok Nok Labs is the leading provider of strong, FIDO-based authentication to organizations with internet-scale mobile and web applications requiring improved user engagement and security. Nok Nok Labs’ S3 Suite software allows organizations to rapidly deliver multifactor authentication that improves user engagement while reducing fraud and deployment complexity. Products & Services: Financial, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Voice and Speech Recognition
Aware provides COTS, standards-based biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, defense, credentialing, and access control. Each product provides granular functionality and is available a la carte:
- SDKs for fingerprint, face, and iris
- Capture device hardware abstraction
- Image quality assurance
- Standard-compliant data formatting and validation
- BioComponents™ enrollment applets and controls
- URC™ .NET biometric enrollment application
- WebEnroll™ browser-based biometric enrollment
- Biometric Services Platform (BioSP™)
- Nexa™ fingerprint, face, and iris search and match SDKs
- INQUIRE™ identity data analytics SDK
Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Middleware / Software, Justice / Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition
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.
BIO-key International (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), provides biometric identification solutions that scale to any size application. Our superior matching technology is compatible with EVERY major fingerprint reader manufacturer. BIO-key application engineers are available to assist in identifying the most appropriate fingerprint reader(s) to meet you application needs. Partnering with vertical solution providers, OEMs, and integrators, BIO-key delivers convenient, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solutions to identify and authenticate individuals. BIO-key’s strong authentication is the ideal choice to satisfy industry regulations including HIPAA and FSTC, or to establish user identities as part of an audit trail. NIST ranks BIO-key in the top tier of MINEX and SDK performers. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Logical Access Control, HealthCare Biometrics, Border Control / Airports, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics.
SecuGen is a world-leading designer and developer of high quality, accurate, rugged, and affordable optical fingerprint recognition technology. We offer FBI- and STQC-certified fingerprint sensors, including the Hamster™ line of fingerprint readers, as well as MINEX-compliant biometric algorithms and developer kits for a wide range of applications. Products and Services: Border/Airport Control, Financial & Transactional, Logical Access, Physical Access, Mobile, Fingerprint Readers.
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. Products & Services: Financial, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Biometric Sensors & Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Smart Cards
ZKTeco, founded in 1998, is a world-leading enterprise of biometric verification technology and related industrialization development, specializing in Hybrid-Biometric Verification technology. ZKTeco strives to integrate its in-house developed biometric verification technology with the Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) and applies them to smart office, smart financing, smart traffic, and smart security to provide hybrid-biometric applications and solutions. Products & Solutions: Fingerprint, Logical Access, Physical Access, Time & Attendance
Fingerprints is the world leading biometric company. We believe in a secure and seamless universe, where you are the key to everything. Our solutions are found in millions of devices and applications and are used billions of times every day, providing safe and convenient identification and authentication with a human touch. www.fingerprints.com Products & services: Financial, Mobile, Fingerprint, Sensors and Detectors, Multimodal.
Founded in the USA in 2000, Smartmatic’s commitment to innovative technology and democracy has helped it to become the global leader of the electronic voting industry. Today, out of the eight countries pioneering election automation Smartmatic provides technology and services to six of them: Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, the Philippines, USA and Venezuela. The company has managed over 3,500 election projects across five continents, processing over 2.5 billion votes. It serves customers through an organization comprising over 600 employees across 12 offices around the world. Smartmatic is headquartered in London.
For more information, please visit www.smartmatic.com
Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Iris Scanner & Recognition, Voice / Speech Recognition, Border, Justice, Other, Justice / Law Enforcement, Border Control, Physical Access Control, Other
Precise Biometrics is a market leading supplier of solutions for convenient and secure authentication of people’s identity. We develop and sell fingerprint software and mobile smart card readers that provide the market’s best user experience and security. Our solutions are used hundreds of millions of times every day by people all over the world. Products & Services: Fingerprint, Mobility, Smart Cards, Financial, Middleware/Software
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.
IDEX develops and sells advanced fingerprint sensor technology and products. The company’s technology is used in a range of biometrically enabled applications within three core markets: Mobile, Smart Cards and Internet of Things (IoT). IDEX’s addressable market represents a fast-growing multi-billion unit opportunity. IDEX’s technology includes both the conventional silicon sensor and a unique off-chip technology, which means that the company can offer its partners solutions which are flexible and cost efficient. Products and Services: Fingerprint, Smart Cards, Financial, Mobile.
Green Bit has been in the market space since 1997 and is headquartered in Turin (Italy). It designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of FBI certified fingerprint readers ranging from single finger, dual/rolled, 10-prints up to Palm-Livescans for Law Enforcement and ID Management markets. A slim organization combined with an unequalled flexibility to develop custom solutions for biometric enrollment applications, providing a competitive edge to our customers which is proven by a long track record of successful installations all across the world. Green Bit is acting globally with subsidiaries in the US, Kazakhstan and China. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Justice / Law Enforcement .
NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control