FAP 45, PIV, FBI Appendix F Certified, Two-Finger Roll Scanner

Small, Light, Fast, and Easy to Use

The Watson is a small, light, and fast FBI Appendix F certified multi-fingerprint scanner that is ergonomic and easy to use. Watson is the world’s first optical scanner using IB’s patented LES technology instead of a traditional glass prism, meaning fast, high-quality images without the need to clean between finger rolls. It comes with a full featured SDK to enable effective integration into applications requiring certified quality images. The Watson can also cost effectively perform all requirements common in ten print enrollment applications.


  • Rapid dry finger capture
  • No need to clean latent prints in high-volume situations
  • Easy integration via single SDK for all Integrated Biometrics FBI-certified products


  • Unaffected by extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, or bright artificial lights
  • Compact, lightweight, and rugged
  • Rejects common spoofing attacks
  • Emits no bright lights during scans
  • Meets or exceeds US military durability specifications


  • Competitive pricing
  • Extremely low power consumption
  • Eliminates consumables (silicone membranes or cleaning tape)
  • Lower maintenance costs

Light Emitting Sensor Technology (LES)

Integrated Biometrics’ scanners use our patented light-emitting sensor (LES) technology to deliver fixed and mobile FBI certified fingerprint imaging in an exceptionally durable, lightweight scanner.

LES-based biometric solutions provide picture-perfect image quality in both direct and indirect sunlight and are resistant to finger contaminants such as grease, oil, water, dust and chemicals.

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Watson Documents & Downloads

Manuals, Specification Sheets & More



English | Spanish | Portuguese

Specification Sheet

English | Spanish | Portuguese | French

| Italian | Kazakh | Romanian | Turkish

User Manual


Hardware Manual


Certification of Compliance


Watson Specifications

OS Support & System Requirements
OS Support

Windows Desktop Editions 7, 8, 10, 11
Linux Kernel 4.0 or newer (32/64bit, ARMv8)

  • Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04 or newer
  • Debian 10, 11, or newer

Android 10, 11, 12


x86 and x64 | 2.0GHz or higher ARM | 1.0 GHz or higher


512MB or higher

Images & Capture
Sensor Type





500 ppi


256 grayscale dynamic range

Image Size

800 x 750 pixels

Supported Image Formats

RAW, JPEG2000, BMP, PNG, WSQ (FBI-approved)


256-bit AES keys and RSA algorithms

FBI / Image Certifications

Certification Mobile ID IQS FAP 45, PIV, GSA FIPS201, FBI Appendix F


Minimum > 10fps for Galaxy Nexus 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 or equivalent; 17 FPS for Intel 2.8 GHz processor or equivalent

API Interface

Capture single-finger/two-finger direct, single-finger rolls, multi-device / multi-thread support

Quality Scoring

NFIQ v1 supported on all OSes and NFIQ2 for Windows

Weight & Dimensions
Product Weight

< 180 grams / 0.40 lbs (not including cable)

Platen Size

40.64 mm x 38.1 mm / 1.6” x 1.5”

Sensing Area

40.64 mm x 38.1 mm / 1.6” x 1.5”

Scanner Assembly Dimensions

60.3 mm x 62.3 mm x 33.04 mm / 2.37″ x 2.45” x 1.30”

Watson Size
Power & Connectors

USB 2.0

Power Source

USB Host

USB Voltage Level

4.4V to 5.25V

Conformance & Certifications
USB Certification


FCC/CE/UKCA Conformance

FCC Part 15 (per ANSI C63.4:2014) Class B, CE Emissions: EN 55032:2015 /A1:2020 Class B, EN, 55035:2017 /A11:2020

Air Discharge / Contact Discharge

In compliance with IEC 61000-4-2

Equipment Safety

IEC 62368-1

Hazardous Material

RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU with amendment 2015/863

Vibration Test

IEC 60068-2-64

  • Fingerprint Template Output Formats
    • ISO_19794_2_2005/2011, ISO_19794_4_2005/2011
    • ANSI_INCITS_378_2004/ANSI_INCITS_381_2004
  • 500 PPI fingerprint capture supporting rolls and flats
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • iBeta ISO 30107-3 Compliant
  • MOSIP L1 Compliant
  • Meets TAA compliance for US customers
iBeta Compliance
MOSIP Compliance
Temperature & Humidity
Operating Temperature

-10°C ~ +55°C / 14°F ~ 131°F


20~95% RH < 40°C / 104°F (Non-condensing)

Storage Temperature

-40°C ~ +80°C / -40°F ~ 176°F

Surface & Systems
Ingress Protection / Water / Dust

IP65 Sealed bezel to scanning surface

Surface Durability

MIL-C-675c 4.5010, MIL-STD-810F

Cleaning & Sanitization

For proper cleaning and disinfection of IB products, visit

Mean-Time Between Failures (MTBF)

Based on 200 full two-finger enrollments per day, the Watson Mini MTBF is 33 years.

Compliance & Regulations

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by Integrated Biometrics could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment legally under FCC regulations.

Available Versions


Product Part Number Available Cables
Watson WM110CA-EOO 58″ Cable, USB 2.0
WM1109B-EOO 24″ Cable, Micro USB
WM1129C-EOO 24″ Cable, USB C
WM1108B-EOO 8″ Cable, Micro USB
WM1118C-EOO 8″ Cable, USB C
WM110FA-EOO 3 Meter Cable, USB A 2.0
WM1108M-EOO 8″ No Choke Molex, No Feet
WM110DA-EOO 1. Meter Cable, USB 2.0
WM1114M-EOO 70mm Molex, Pigtail Cable
WM2A03M-EOO 80mm Molex Cable (FIPS-140-2 Encryption)

Warranty Information

All products have a 12-month warranty starting from the date of delivery. Additional years warranties available. Inquire with your IB representative.

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The IBScanUltimate Software Development Kit (SDK) is a set of robust tools that empower solution providers with the ability to deploy compelling LES biometric acquisition applications. The SDK includes support for a variety of operating systems and exceeds the needs of the most challenging environments.

The SDK includes Application Programming Interface (API) documentation, IB software components, demonstration applications and source code for each platform. Demonstration source code is a simple reference for integrators to rapidly develop solutions using Integrated Biometrics’ LES technologies. We encourage you to review the included materials and explore the limits of creativity when designing custom biometric solutions.

If you have any questions, please contact your Integrated Biometrics reseller or the IB team. We’ll be glad to provide assistance during solution development.

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