EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS
Fingerprints offers a strong product portfolio of biometric system solutions that help create easier and more secure everyday lives for users.
Fingerprints’ solutions are suitable for a broad range of product segments. Apart from smartphones, currently the largest application segment for the company’s products, Fingerprints’ solutions are also applicable to product segments like smart cards, door locks, vehicles and the IoT. Fingerprints’ biometric systems solutions are protected by extensive patents. We always endeavor to obtain a balanced and growing patent portfolio extending from algorithms, through biometric image processing to sensors and hardware packaging technology.
Fewer and more efficient capacitive sensors for broad applications Historically, most of Fingerprints’ revenues have been generated from solutions for fingerprint verification for the mobile sector.
In 2018, the product portfolio in the smartphone segment was concentrated to fewer capacitive sensors that combine lower production costs with high-quality performance to meet the demand for more uniform solutions for the various smartphone segments. The sensors can be placed on the front, back or side of the unit with a color and material-adapted coating.
In-display solutions integrate the fingerprint sensor in the display of a smartphone, providing enhanced flexibility in where to place the sensor. In 2019, Fingerprints intends to take a position in the market for in-display sensors using the company’s optical sensor technology.
In the mobile segment, fingerprint sensors are starting to be supplemented by alternative biometric modalities, such as face and iris recognition. Interest in these touchless technologies grew in 2018. A key focus area for Fingerprints is to further develop and make our iris recognition technology even more user-friendly, with the aim of providing customers with a more secure and cost efficient alternative to advanced facial recognition.
Fingerprints has developed T-Shape™, a capacitive sensor module optimized for integration in smart cards conforming to the relevant in sector standard and ISO requirements, and which is ready for efficient mass production. It functions for contact and contactless cards. T-Shape™ is the market’s most power efficient module, with very good contactless charging characteristics,
which is a fundamental requirement for functional biometric contactless cards. Fingerprints’ sensors were used in all publicly announced market tests of contactless biometric cards during 2018.
AUTOMOTIVE & EMBEDDED
Fingerprints also offers solutions for the IoT and the automotive industry. Example applications include door locks, entry systems, home electronics and smart watches. Solutions for vehicles comprise complete modules for fingerprint recognition, as well as ActiveIRIS, Fingerprints’ technology for iris recognition. These can be placed in several locations, including a door, key, steering
wheel, vehicle dashboard or integrated into a rear-view mirror. In January 2018, Fingerprints entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Gentex, a leading automotive industry technology vendor, to jointly develop biometric systems capable of authenticating drivers using iris recognition.
Once verified, the car can start and the passenger compartment is adapted automatically, including mirrors, steering wheel settings, seat positions and satnav systems.
Developing fingerprint sensors—the hub
The hardware development of fingerprint sensors focuses on functionality and design solutions in the creation of the sensor. For fingerprint sensors, this translates to chip area and thickness, power consumption and the capability to detect images through different types of material.
Packaging focuses on integrating the sensor in other materials, as well as complete system solutions with processes for plug and play functionality. Complete systems solutions of this type are primarily developed for application in other solutions than smartphones and smart cards.
Fingerprints operates through three business lines, focusing on the Mobile (smartphones and tablets), Smart Cards (cards, mainly charge cards) and Automotive & Embedded (automotive industry, IoT etc.) segments.
The product portfolio in the smartphone/tablet segment is multi-faceted and broadbased, comprising solutions for all price levels, from low-end to premium. Low-end solutions are largely standardized, unlike the premium segment, where our products are generally delivered with more tailoring and unique system solutions. Fingerprint sensors can be delivered in a variety of sizes and with different surface coatings for easy integration into end-products. Design diversity confers flexibility facilitating sensor location in product design. In smartphones, sensors can be placed on chassis fronts, rears or on the side of units with pigmented surface coatings, adapted for placement under glass or ceramic surfaces. Most of our shipments to customers involve hard and software adaptation. Fingerprints has a dedicated function supporting end-customers, such as smartphone manufacturers, in adapting their solutions. This enables differentiated functionality.
In 2017, Fingerprints launched the T-Shape™ sensor module, optimized for integration in smart card conforming to the relevant sector standards, and ready for contemporary efficient mass production processes. It is designed to satisfy ISO smart card standards, and functions for contact and contactless cards. T-Shape™ is the market’s lowest-current module, with very good contactless charging characteristics, which is the fundamental criterion for functional biometric contactless cards.
Automotive & Embedded
Automotive & Embedded includes solutions for the IoT and automotive industry. Example applications include door locks, entry systems, home electronics, smart watches and vehicle dashboard functionality. Automotive solutions based on FPC-BM (plug and play module) or Active IRIS, Fingerprints’ iris recognition technology, can be applied in several locations such as doors, keys, steering wheels, dashboards or integrated in rear-view mirrors. In January 2018, Fingerprints entered an exclusive collaborative agreement with Gentex, a leading automotive industry technology vendor, to jointly develop biometric systems capable of authenticating drivers using iris recognition. Once the driver’s rights to use the vehicle have been verified, the car can start and the passenger compartment adapted automatically, including mirrors, steering wheel settings, seat positions and satnav systems.