Fingerprint Reader For iPhone

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

S.I.C. Biometrics, a Montreal-based company, recently announced the launch of the first fingerprint reader running on the Apple mobile devices.

The Fingerprint Mobile Identification Device for Apple mobile devices called iFMID, permits you to identify people from an iPhone or iPod touch through an App and a remote matching server.

The iFMID solution has been delivered in the U.S. for government projects.

“The initial demand came from Apple in the Washington area,” says Eric Talbot, president of S.I.C. Biometrics. ”S.I.C. was referred to Apple because of its quick capability of integrating fingerprint biometric technology to all kinds of applications. Apple was looking for a FBI certified fingerprint sensor that can work with the iPhone for a U.S. Government agency. With our 11 years of experience in the biometric world, we delivered the first prototype in less than 2 weeks and the iFMID adventures started.”

Michel Leblanc, chief technologies officer of S.I.C. says that iFMID interacts very simply with an Application running on the Apple devices.”The App access is secured by fingerprint, and when you are logging into the App, you can capture a fingerprint template to compare it to a remote server that matches the template in less than a second on a 25,000 templates database.”

The iFMID is power independent of the Apple devices and good to scan more than 2000 times before require a recharge.

iFMID core technology is part of the Moris3 device, the first Multi-Modal biometrics on the iPhone combing Iris, facial and fingerprint technologies. The consortium that developed this solution for law enforcement, DOD and private sectors is composed of Bi2 Technologies, Plymouth, Massachusetts, (iris), Animetrics, Conway, New Hampshire, (face) and S.I.C. Biometrics (fingerprint).

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