Enhancing development capacity
FPC is increasing its investments in development in order to accelerate its ability to innovate. The objective is to continuously develop technology, performance and system solutions at an ever-increasing pace.
FPC’s offerings are specially developed and customized biometric system solutions. The combination of proprietary chip design and extremely advanced software represents substantial added value. The company’s technology is continuously evolving, driven by demand and innovation to create new functions and solutions. Meanwhile growing competition is a motivation to maintain and strengthen FPC’s strategically important technological edge.
The primary purpose of FPC’s products is to make security simple and user-friendly. Its products must combine maximum security with ease of use. FPC’s development also offers customers the ability to stand out from the competition, so that they can offer unique properties and functions in their marketing. The company focuses on the end-user experience, from user-friendly ergonomics to functions that are simple and versatile.
Advanced skills and low staff turnover
FPC’s business development is highly dependent on focused and accelerated product development. Its workforce is extremely skilled, with the majority having engineering degrees and about 30 percent having PhDs. The company’s expertise is also based on the fact that many employees have long-standing experience of the telecommunications industry.
R&D experienced significant growth in 2014-2015, from 20 to more than 140 employees at the end of 2015. FPC intends to continue adding employees in 2016. A larger workforce increases the company’s capacity to handle customer-specific development projects and improve smartphone application solutions, while having the energy to continue value-creating innovation in new product area solutions.
The R&D organization has extremely low staff turnover thanks to a positive team environment, challenging job duties that help employees grow, international work and dedicated colleagues.
R&D primarily takes place in four locations: Gothenburg, Malmö, Copenhagen and Linköping.
Working closely on patents
FPC’s proactive patent protection process is an integrated part of its product development. Developments are continuously monitored in order to quickly identify and protect newly developed system solutions. The company patents the entire system solution including the algorithm.
System development in four dimensions
FPC’s development is characterized by complete system integration with four areas of focus:
algorithms, software development, ASICs/chips and packaging.
Software + Hardware
Algorithms – fingerprint scanning
The algorithm is a piece of software that optimizes image quality and performs the image processing that locates the information in the fingerprint images coming from the chip. There is an ongoing trend to increase the information utilization of ever smaller chips in ever more packaging environments, i.e. sensor location and embedded solutions (for example, beneath glass). The company’s in-house algorithm expertise is an asset, since it offers customers partnership opportunities that meet their biometric development needs.
Software development – improved end-user experience
FPC’s software development focuses on its biometric system development in applications such as smartphones. It manages the sensor’s communication with the mobile platform for verification in a secure platform, and adds additional value in end-user functions.
ASIC/silicon chip development – the hub
ASIC/Silicon chip development focuses on continued design solutions for the chip’s surface area and thickness, power consumption, and the ability to read images through various types of materials.
Packaging – physical integration
Packaging focuses on the chip’s integration with other materials, as well as complete system solutions involving processors for plug-and-play functionality. Ready-made system solutions of this type are developed primarily for applications/industry segments other than smartphones and smartcard solutions.
Close customer relationships are crucial
FPC’s sales are based on customer-unique solutions, and the R&D organization works extremely closely with the company’s Customer projects organization. In addition, FPC has expanded its local presence in Asia with its own Customer projects staff who communicate with customers about customization of biometric system solutions. These staff have a local background, speak the same language and have the same cultural roots as the customers. This is the type of partnerships that FPC has with the vast majority of its customers in the smartphone/tablet segment. Ongoing contact with customers provides unique insights into customer requirements and strengthens the company’s customer relationships.