Original Press Release
Fulcrum Biometrics Announces the FbF(TM) mobileOne, a Portable Biometric Fingerprint Scanner for iPod Touch
Press release date: May 16, 2011
FBI-certified silicon fingerprint sensor enables the development of fast, portable, cost-effective biometric solutions for mobile identification; Companion FbF mobileOne App now available on the App Store
San Antonio, Texas USA - Fulcrum Biometrics, a leading international provider, distributor and integrator of multiple biometric identification systems and biometric devices, today announced its FbF(TM) mobileOne fingerprint biometric accessory and companion app are now available exclusively for iPod touch. The world's first fingerprint biometric solution designed exclusively for iOS, FbF mobileOne is an elegant, high-quality fingerprint reader accessory that easily snaps onto iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation). By harnessing the processing power of iPod touch, FbF mobileOne enables the development and deployment of reliable, portable and networkable biometric identification systems that are cost-effective and powerful enough for government, medical and law enforcement applications.
"As a major international distributor of biometric systems, we identify global market trends that can have significant, long term impact in our industry," said Ken Nosker, president of Fulcrum Biometrics. "The FbF mobileOne for iPod touch is well positioned to meet the growing market demand for applications including microfinance, healthcare, workforce management and demographic data collection."
Portable biometric identification systems are in use worldwide, however these systems usually involve a laptop PC, tethered fingerprint scanner and other equipment that require separate power sources, making them difficult to use in remote and rural areas. Because of its pocket size and 9+ hour battery life, FbF mobileOne is perfectly suited for mobile identification systems such as biometric voter registration, on-site time and attendance for construction or farm workers and law enforcement warrant searches - a time-consuming and costly process that usually involves taking offenders back to the station for booking. The FbF mobileOne can be used for logical and physical security and it is suitable as part of a HIPAA-compliant medical information system.
The FbF mobileOne uses AuthenTec's TCEFC1 TouchChip(TM) silicon fingerprint module which sends FIPS-201/PIV-certified fingerprint images (an image quality standard widely accepted in global government programs) to the FbF mobileOne App on iPod touch for onboard processing, storage and forwarding. The FbF mobileOne App supports the embedded fingerprint scanner.
The FbF mobileOne accessory plugs into the Apple 30-pin connector on iPod touch. The FbF mobileOne captures fingerprint images when a finger is placed on the sensor and securely uploads the data to the FbF mobileOne App on iPod touch where it is processed, matched against the on-board fingerprint database or forwarded to a remote host.
"AuthenTec is pleased our TouchChip technology is integrated into Fulcrum Biometrics FbF mobileOne solution. AuthenTec is the only provider of a FIPS-201-certified silicon fingerprint sensor, which is ideally suited for mobile ID applications," said Mike Chaudoin, Director of Government and Access Control Marketing at AuthenTec. "The TCEFC1 is a thin, power efficient fingerprint module which has been widely deployed. Immune to strong light that can degrade the fingerprint image quality of optical fingerprint sensors, the TCEFC1 offers a compelling mobile identification solution for the FbF mobileOne."
The FbF mobileOne biometric accessory for iPod touch is available now at www.fulcrumbiometrics.com and from authorized resellers. The accompanying FbF mobileOne App is available for free from the App Store on iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
About Fulcrum Biometrics Founded in 2002, Fulcrum Biometrics is a leading international provider, distributor and integrator of biometric identification technologies and devices for commercial, civil and military customers in more than 65 countries worldwide. Fulcrum's sole business concern is assisting enterprises and government agencies alike with the selection, integration and deployment of biometrics solutions. The company's offerings include industry-leading biometric software development tools, fingerprint scanners and other biometric sensors as well as custom integration and implementation of identity management applications and access control systems.
Fulcrum Biometrics is based in San Antonio, Texas, USA. In January of 2009 Fulcrum opened its first international sales and distribution office in the city of Gurgaon, India. Fulcrum Biometrics India Pvt. Ltd. serves as the regional sales, distribution and support hub for India and surrounding countries.