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World of Biometrics Getting Smaller, More Mobile

by Tom BussExecutive and Strategic Advisor

An emerging trend in the area of high quality biometrics is the need to extend biometric enrollments and identification tasks into the field via handheld mobile certified devices.  By doing biometric enrollments and identification functions in the field, significant time and money is saved by not having to transport persons to be enrolled or identified to a central location. Police, border patrol, and military operators will benefit significantly from the use of certified Biometric devices.

In the past, certified fingerprint capture devices capable of the image quality necessary for large scale 1:N identification tasks were optically based requiring large and heavy glass prism’s. This technology was not compatible with the need for small, thin, and lightweight mobile hand held devices.   Today, however, due to the emergence of a new FBI certified fingerprint capture technology called Light Emitting Sensor or “LES” available from Integrated Biometrics LLC, new and exciting small, thin and lightweight biometric enrollment and identification hand held devices are being introduced by a number of large and established biometric solution providers.  These new platforms are emerging because the FBI certified FAP45, LES technology is 1/10’th the weight, one-eighth the volume of prism-based sensors and available in less than one-half-inch thickness.  Companies such as NECBooz Allen HamiltonNorthrop GrummanCrossmatchCopernic, and AMREL are a few of the integrators announcing new platforms built around the LES sensor technology from Integrated Biometrics

Another advantage of the LES technology from Integrated Biometrics is that in addition to being smaller, lighter and thinner than other certified sensors, it also addresses all the current drawbacks of optical prism based sensors. LES works in direct sunlight, collects high quality dry fingers images without the need for moisturizers, is unaffected by latent print images left behind by the previous person, does not need to be constantly cleaned and will only collect full plane impression prints and not just “tip” of fingers. Additionally, because it has very low thermal mass, warm fingers placed on a cold LES platen will not product thermal “halos” caused by condensation. All of these environmental advantages make LES ideal for use in extreme environments and represents significant improvements over current technology.

Because the fingerprint images collected with the LES sensors are of the highest quality they are suitable for both enrollment into and identification of individuals in vary large, “ standards based” data bases such as the FBI data base, the DOD database and the DHS data base. There is a growing desire for enrollments to be done in the field and LES technology yields the necessary image quality to support this need.

About Integrated Biometrics
Integrated Biometrics provides enrollment and verification fingerprint sensors to hardware integrators, software and database providers, and contractors serving government agencies and commercial markets worldwide. More ideal for mobile environments than traditional silicon or optical sensors, Integrated Biometrics FBI-certified fingerprint sensors utilize our durable, patented light emitting sensor (LES) film and work in direct sunlight on dry or moist fingers, resist abrasion, and are 90-95% smaller and lighter than optical scanners. Integrated Biometrics offers the only Appendix F FBI-certified sensor that meets mobility requirements demanded by end users, solving the major problems of size, speed, accuracy and durability.