Norwegian fingerprint sensor firm Next Biometrics says the number of orders it has received for fingerprint from new potential markets underlines the broadening interest in the sector.
In January alone, six new players placed orders for NEXT sensors to be integrated in new small mass market product formats.
The products included payment-, home- and smartphone-related devices, with the customers ordering SDK's and sensor samples as part of their product development process.
They unnamed customers all had requirements for large, high performance sensors with all their products planning to launch in the second half of 2015 or the first half of 2016.
Tore Etholm-Idsoe, CEO NEXT Biometrics said : " The ‘Apple Effect’ is starting to make a significant impact in multiple new market segments. The general acceptance of fingerprinting is increasing fast. All of the above customers have made it clear that they need the quality of a large area sensor at a very low price. … These six new projects each represent 6-digit volume potential.”