March 5. 2014 – by Peter B. Counter
Today, Futronic Technology, a biometrics company holding a proprietary fingerprint algorithm, announced the launch of a new fingerprint scanner that can capture ten fingerprints in ten seconds. Named the FS64 FBI EBTS/F Certified Ten Print Scanner (FS64 for short), Futronic’s newest biometric authentication and enrollment device was released for commercial consumption.
The FS64 is capable of capturing four flat fingerprints at a time with guaranteed high image quality. Intended for a wide range of uses, including applications in in law enforcement, forensic science, biometric voter registration and national ID data capture, the new device can capture rolling fingerprint images in addition to the flat ones it can process at the above listed speed.
As the name states, the FS64 is compliant with the FBI’s EBTS/F Image Quality Specifications. It is an important distinction when it comes to a reader with this kind of versatility, as a large number of government tenders absolutely require this level of certification.
The new solution is also available in a modular form as well. This version, called the FS65, is naked, shipping without the plastic shell, and is intended for embedded applications. Futronic gives the example of standalone voter registration for citizens located in remote areas as a possible application for the modular version of the Ten Print Scanner. Clearly the company has market expansion in mind when it comes to introducing such a solution.
In addition to the versatility described here, the FS64 is designed with cost in mind as well.
“FS64 is our low cost solution for large window scanner with a 3.0″x3.2″ effective scanning area,” said Futronic’s marketing director, Y.M. Jiang. “The price of similar products was over USD1000 in the past and now Futronic is offering it well below USD1000. We believe that FS64 will open up new markets for large window scanners because the price is much more affordable now.”
Having an eye on cost is key. The amount of investment required to upgrade from previous gen authentication to biometrics is often cited as one of the big three adoption barriers in post-password technology (the other two being education and user/administrator friction).