CONTINUOUS PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Fingerprints operates in an industry characterized by rapid technological progress. Continuous product development is crucial for maintaining and strengthening competitiveness.
At the end of 2018, the R&D organization represented 40 percent of Fingerprints’ coworkers. Product development is based on several technologies to create user-friendly solutions. These include touch, that is, the touching of a sensor, and touchless, in which no physical contact with the device is required.
BIOMETRIC SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT IN FOUR DIMENSIONS
Fingerprints’ development of biometric sensors is integrated across four dimensions: developing algorithms, software development, hardware development of biometric sensors and packaging. The development work is based on fingerprints and the iris of the eye.
1. Algorithms—reading the unique biometric pattern
Algorithms are the software optimizing image quality and executing image processing, that is the information in the image of, for example, of a fingerprint or an iris. Our in-house algorithm competence enables partnerships with customers, and thus addresses their requirements for biometric development.
2. Software development for enhanced end-user experience
Software development focuses on Fingerprints’ biometric systems solutions in smartphones, for example. This process manages sensor communication with the mobile platform for verification in a secure platform combined with user-friendly functionality.
3. Hardware development
Hardware development primarily involves fingerprint sensors and focuses on functionality and design solutions in the creation of the sensor. For capacitive fingerprint sensors, this translates to chip area and thickness, power consumption and the capability to detect images through different types of material. Fingerprints also develops technology for optic and ultrasound-based fingerprint recognition.
4. Packaging—physical integration
Packaging focuses on integrating the sensor in other materials, as well as complete system solutions with processes for plug-and-play functionality. Complete system solutions of this type are primarily developed for applications in solutions other than smartphones and smart cards.