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Integrated Biometrics fingerprint scanners perfect for African marketplace

Surging economic and population growth across Africa is driving increased demand for mobile biometrics for identity management enrollment and verification by government agencies, international organizations, law enforcement and commercial entities. Integrated Biometrics products such as the Watson Mini, Kojak, and Columbo are building a path to the future with their ability to work on dry and dirty fingers; operate in direct sunlight; and survive the toughest environments due to their durability and shock resistance.

Watson Mini

Watson Mini
Two-Finger Roll Scanner

>>  Able to withstand the toughest operating environments
with minimal maintenance

>>  Provides accurate high-resolution fingerprint scans in
virtually any environment: indirect or direct sunlight, a factory, etc.

>>  Efficient, with typical power consumption 1.2w

>> Lightweight (85 grams)

 

KojakKojak
10-Print Roll Scanner

>> Solves the problem of 10-print with four flat prints and single finger roll

>> Efficient: Full Scanning <300mA; Suspend 2mA

>> Light weight (650 grams)

 

ColumboColumbo
Single-Finger Scanner

>> Enables fingerprint capture in standalone applications and in
combination with commercial smart phones and tablets

>> Lightweight (<70 grams)

>> Single finger scan

>> Efficient: Full Scanning – 130mA; Sleep Mode – <2mA; Stand By
<40mA

The push for biometrics in Africa began over a decade ago, as nations looked to create new civil registers or re-create ones that had been destroyed or lost in periods of prolonged conflict. Without governments knowing who their people were, they were unable to effectively engage their populations in voting or social programs. Initial census attempts met with limited success, due to challenges related to remoteness of population centers.

Africa’s unique environment is a major market for Integrated Biometrics’ products, thanks to our many advantages over optical-based fingerprint scanners with regards to size, weight, and performance. All Integrated Biometrics’ scanners employ its patented light emitting sensor (LES) film which is the only biometric technology that meets the stringent image performance requirements of the FBI in a “thin” form factor (less than 1 mm thick).

The unique attributes of LES film allow for integration of FBI Certified fingerprint scanners into smartphones, tablets or other mobile solutions which are all light and easy to carry. The diverse African environment, with its mix of forest, desert, and jungle is not conducive to heavy, cumbersome technology equipment. Reaching remote villages requires wading through streams and plodding through mud along with many other challenges, making cumbersome, heavy optical-based scanners difficult and nearly impossible to use.

With Integrated Biometrics, remote African villages are now made accessible via compact, rugged, low power consuming devices, furthering economic and social development across the continent.