Improved innovation capacity
Fingerprints conduct their own research and development to create intuitive, conventient solutions that ensure security based on advanced technology. The development is focused on both existing technology and new biometric platforms.
Fingerprints continues to invest in product development in order to establish a position as a more complete biometric company. The company invests in both staff and acquisitions. It is strategically important to continuously enhance the company’s innovativeness to continue the development of technology, platforms, performance and system solutions.
Development activities include the development of technology platforms in addition to the capacitive technology. The intensifying competition is a driving force that will stimulate the company to maintain and strengthen its technological lead.
FOCUS ON THE END USER
The purpose of the development is to make security simple and convenient. Fingerprints’s development also enable differentation for our customers, so that they can offer unique properties and functions to their end users. The focus is on the end-user experience, from user-friendly ergonomics to functions that are simple and versatile.
Fingerprints’ sales are based on customer-unique solutions, and the R&D organization works close to the company’s customer projects. In addition, Fingerprints has strengthen its local presence in Asia, with its own customer projects staff who account for the contact in respect of the customization of biometric system solutions. This staff has a local background, speak the local language and have the same cultural roots as the customers. This type of collaboration is set up for the vast majority of Fingerprints’ customers. Ongoing contact with customers strengthens the customer relationship and provides unique insights into customer needs and requirements.
AN ORGANIZATION WITH HIGH COMPETENCE
R&D experienced significant growth in 2015–2016 from 140 to 241 employees by the end of 2016. A larger workforce increases the company’s ability to focus on multiple application areas simultaneously, in parallel to managing customer-specific development projects. The company also devotes dedicated resources on research in order to guarantee long-term development.
R&D primarily takes place in four locations: Gothenburg, Malmö, Copenhagen and Linköping. The foundation for Fingerprints’ success is a strong corporate culture characterized by innovation, entrepreneurship and customizing. When the workforce grows and the need for shared processes and control increases, it is important to preserve the strength of the corporate culture.
The workforce is highly skilled, with the majority having engineering degrees and a significant share having PhDs. The company’s expertise is also based on the fact that many employees have vast experience from the telecommunications industry and industrialization. Recruitment of new staff continues to focus on cutting-edge expertise.
The R&D organization has very low staff turnover thanks to a positive team environment, challenging job duties in biometric technology development at the forefront, international work and dedicated colleagues. During the year, further reinforcement will be made in key areas of expertize in parallel with developing working processes, to increase efficiency.
WORKING CLOSELY ON PATENTS
Fingerprints’ proactive patent protection process is an integrated part of the product development. The development is continuously monitored in order to quickly identify and protect newly developed system solutions. The patents aim is to protect the entire system solution including the algorithm and other essential parts of the system.
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT IN FOUR DIMENSIONS
Fingerprints’ development is conducted on a integrated basis in four focus areas:
algorithms, software development, hardware development of biometric sensors and packaging.
reading of the unique biometric pattern
The algorithm is the software that optimizes image quality and performs the image processing that locates the information in the fingerprint images coming from the chip, in the case of the fingerprint sensor. There is
an ongoing trend to increase the information utilization of even smaller chips in different packaging environments, i.e. sensor location and embedded solutions beneath different materials. The proprietary expertise in algorithms facilitates partnerships with customers and thus satisfies their demands for biometric development.
improved end-user experience
Software development focuses on Fingerprints’ biometric systems in, for example, smartphones. Development manages the sensor’s communication with the mobile platform for verification in a secure platform, and adds further value in end-user functions.
Development of fingerprint sensors
Hardware development of fingerprint sensors focuses on functionality and design solutions in the design of the sensor. In the case of fingerprint sensors, this means the chip’s surface area and thickness, power consumption, and the ability to read images through various types of materials.
Packaging focuses on the sensor’s integration with other materials, as well as complete system solutions involving processors for plug-and-play functionality. Complete system solutions of this type are developed primarily for applications/ industry segments other than smartphones and smart cards.