BIO-key launches 'EcoID' fingerprint reader at connect:ID
31 March 2015 10:47 GMT

Fingerprint biometric software tech firm BIO-key has revealed plans to launch a compact USB fingerprint reader called "EcoID" at Booth #204 of the connect:ID event in Washington.

The company has stated that EcoID is a compact USB touch fingerprint reader pairing the Active Thermal sensor from Norway’s NEXT Biometrics with BIO-key's biometric algorithms and software.

“EcoID delivers one-touch identification and strong authentication for existing BIO-key customers, as well as any entity seeking to add low-cost, high performance fingerprint authentication to their existing Windows or Android devices,

“EcoID aims to disrupt the touch fingerprint reader market with an MSRP of $34.99, substantially below other USB touch scanners”, wrote BIO-key in a statement.

The firm points out that the new reader is compatible with Windows 10 biometric security, including Microsoft Hello and Passport Microsoft.

"BIO-key recognized that our banking, retail, and consumer-facing customers struggled to source a low-cost, high quality fingerprint scanner to pair with our biometric identity assurance platform," says Jim Sullivan, BIO-key Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. "Recent acquisitions of fingerprint scanner manufacturers by Apple, Synaptics, Qualcomm and HID has created a void of quality, reasonably priced USB touch scanners. In collaboration with NEXT Biometrics, we developed a great scanner with unlimited applications at a terrific price. We think this lower cost solution could provide an ROI tipping point for accelerated adoption of biometrics versus other strong authentication options."

"NEXT is delighted to provide a key component of this exciting new BIO-key device," says NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe.

"BIO-key has a history of providing transformational software capabilities to the commercial identity marketplace, and they have set a high standard for large scale commercial biometric use, in terms of one-to-many search, accuracy and device flexibility. Their innovation and customer orientation have enabled another solution breakthrough with EcoID. We are very pleased they chose NEXT to help them achieve this ambitious price-performance target."