Unique product portfolio
Fingerprints delivers a strong product portfolio of biometric system solutions that help create easier and more secure everyday lives for its users. At present, most of Fingerprints revenues are generated from sales of the company’s biometric system solutions based on fingerprint verification.
Apart from smartphones, currently the largest application segment for the company’s products, Fingerprints’ solutions are also applicable to product segments like smart cards, vehicles and the IoT.
The portfolio comprises over 20 different products. Fingerprints’ biometric systems solutions are protected by extensive patents. We are always endeavoring to obtain a balanced and high-growth patent portfolio extending from algorithms, through biometric image processing to sensors and hardware packaging technology.
Biometric system development in four dimensions
Fingerprints’ development of fingerprint sensors is integrated across four focuses: developing algorithms, software development, hardware development of biometric sensors, and packaging.
Algorithms—reading unique biometric patterns
Algorithms are the software that optimizes image quality and executes image processing that finds the information in images, which in the case of fingerprint sensors, are images of the fingerprint sourced from the chip. There is a continuous development process to increase the utilization of information from progressively smaller chips in a growing array of packaging options, i.e. sensor location and embedding solutions under different materials. Our in-house algorithm competence enables partnerships with customers, and accordingly addresses these requirements of biometric
Software development for enhanced end-user experiences
Software development focuses on Fingerprints’ biometric systems solutions in smartphones, for example. This process manages sensor communication with the mobile platform for verification in a secure platform, generating more value-added in end-user functionality.
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.
TOUCHLESS—THE ROUTE TO SECURE BIOMETRIC MULTIMODAL SOLUTIONS
Fingerprints is the leading—and currently only—provider delivering fingerprint sensors and iris recognition in a single multimodal solution for smartphones. At present, the core of our customer base is in India, Japan and the US. Apart from applying this technology in smartphones, we see substantial potential across a number of other identification segments. Fingerprints’ solutions, which combine fingerprint recognition with iris recognition, create twofold authentication systems that bring greater security and convenience to the user.
There are multiple factors driving the market at present, and this technology is applied in situations where quite simply, touchless is more suitable. This may be solutions in vehicles, secure entry and exit systems, or other applications with especially stringent security standards. For our consumers, iris identification technology means speed, user-friendliness and high security. For our customer base (OEMs, mobile phone manufacturers), the solutions are cost-efficient and easy to integrate. Fingerprints expanded in this segment in 2017, launching multimodal solutions that
include iris recognition technology. As announced in March 2018, Fingerprints is now expanding its portfolio in touchless by developing a facial recognition solution. This solution is being developed for smartphones initially, but may also be offered to customers in other segments.
In-display—technology in development
A growing share of Fingerprints’ R&D resources have been realigned from capacitive sensors in mobiles to other technologies, one of which is in-display sensor technology. Fingerprints is developing an ultrasound-based in-display fingerprint recognition technology, with the aim of enabling fingerprints to be read anywhere on the displays of smartphones or other devices, eliminating the need for physical buttons. This also contrasts with other in-display sensor technologies, where fingerprints can only be read in a small dedicated section of the display. We see multiple application segments, but our primary focus is on high-end smartphones. Fingerprints expects to collaborate with key customers in the first half-year 2018 to continue developing
this technology and then bring it to the mass market.
Key facts – ActiveIris
CONVENIENT AUTHENTICATION AND IDENTIFICATION
- The world’s first iris recognition technology with mass market-ready production
- The combination of advanced iris recognition software and simple, low-cost and easily integrated hardware that enables usage in mobile devices
- When the user activates the iris system, the irises of both eyes are scanned in less than 150 milliseconds, then compared to stored templates to verify the user.