IDEX, a leading developer of advanced fingerprint solutions for mass markets, has received an initial order to deliver its off-chip fingerprint sensors for cards to a major Asian authentication and security card customer.
The sensors will be integrated in the customer's biometric ISO form factor card for government identification and access control applications, and is expected to be delivered during the second half of 2017.
"The interest for biometric cards has increased significantly over the last quarters, and IDEX is experiencing strong customer demand for fingerprint sensors for card applications. The consistent feedback we are receiving is that it has been challenging to find sensor solutions that are ready for mass production in the market, and that IDEX has overcome this challenge", says Dr. Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX. "This customer is very knowledgeable in the smart card sector, and we are excited that they have chosen our solution. This customer is a high-volume producer with a strong global market footprint. The company is targeting multiple industries, including government, telecom, financial services and corporate customers. We expect to sample additional customers in the second half of 2017".
IDEX's off-chip technology uses a thin, flexible sensor made from a low-cost polymer. This allows it to be compliant with ISO standards for long-term durability and have a very competitive cost position, making it uniquely suited for use in biometric cards.
"IDEX has recently launched a lower power sensor for use in contactless cards, as well as a new proprietary ultra-compact matcher delivering excellent performance in user testing. Combined with our flexible off-chip fingerprint sensor, IDEX can offer a complete turn-key system solution for biometric cards. Given IDEX strong value proposition and truly differentiated product the company expect to be able to extract significant value from its card sensor products", Dr Mardia continues.