Simprints launches 2nd generation of “Vero 2.0”
21 July 2020 17:00 GMT

Simprints, a Cambridge, UK-based biometrics company, develops Vero 2.0, an evolution of their original Vero scanner, based on SecuGen’s fingerprint module, to improve  the distribution of healthcare, microfinance, and aid to the poor around the world. 
 
Simprints is a nonprofit technology company that develops and deploys biometric technology uniquely for global health and development contexts. Traditional “Western” biometric technology is less effective in such contexts, where the environment in which people live means that they are more likely to have scarred or worn fingerprints. In contrast, Simprints built their system to be highly accurate with these kinds of challenging biometrics. Simprints’ solution integrates with existing mobile tools used by international NGOs and government ministries to verify that their services are reaching the intended beneficiaries. To date, the organization has helped more than 12 partners reach over 387,000 people across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 
 
The development of Vero 2.0 was kickstarted by a partnership with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, and NEC to boost immunization coverage worldwide. Leveraging technology from Arm and SecuGen, Vero 2.0 has the following features: Near-Field Communications (NFC) to facilitate a seamless, wireless Bluetooth pairing with a mobile device; a redesigned printed circuit board (PCB) powered by the ARM Cortex-M0 32-bit MCU that enables streamlined manufacture; configurable LED colors for increased cultural acceptability and accessibility for the color-blind; fast image-transfer from scanner to mobile and backend storage for robust matching capabilities: and SecuGen’s high-resolution fingerprint sensor module capable of achieving up to 1,700 DPI for detailed image capture. Simprints is working with local manufacturer, Prima Electronic Services, to build 1,400 units for immediate use in healthcare projects across sub-Saharan Africa. 
 
An improvement on its predecessor, Vero 2.0 is highly accurate, durable, wireless, water- and dust-proof, and ergonomic for health workers in low-resource areas. This development will bring Simprints and its partners one step closer to accurately verifying the identities of patients from 1 year old and above, in order to ensure that every single person is reached with life-saving medical care.  
 
“Simprints helps us save time and labor. We like working with the scanner because it's easier to identify patients,” says a community research assistant in Malawi. 
 
“Simprints makes our workflow flawless. We had challenges before, like supply bottlenecks. We’d end up giving too many shoes, only to realize not too many of these children actually exist. So, we tied our distribution to a fingerprint,” says the leader of a local health organization in Kenya. 
 
Jeff Brown, SecuGen’s VP of Sales added, “We were delighted to support Simprints to develop a product that met their specifications while keeping the costs down. We are excited to have our fingerprint technology play a part in projects involving low resource settings where the lives of so many can benefit.”
“Simprints is an impressive group of people with an equally impressive dedication to doing good in the world,” stated Won Lee, SecuGen’s CEO. “It is a privilege to work with them to bring such an important product to fruition.” 
 
Nick Russel, Chairman of Prima Electronic Services, said, “Manufacturing a product that has such a positive impact on communities is something the team here at Prima are very proud to be involved with.” 

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