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Fujitsu and 123ID, Inc., Introduce Four New Biometric Developers’ Kits to Enable Fingerprint Authentication for Windows-based Applications


Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), a leading supplier of fingerprint sensor IC technology, and 123ID, Inc., an innovator in biometric software design, today introduced new development kits that enable developers to quickly incorporate fingerprint authentication into Windows-based applications used in network authentication, secure fingerprint ID login, password replacement, file encryption, access control, POS, and commercial and government identity-management systems.

The new DKF-UMS Software Developer Kits (DKF-UMS-1120, 1130, 1117 and 1137) incorporate an industry-leading vector/minutia-based fingerprint authentication algorithm with fingerprint-image-capture software. Built around the Fujitsu MBF200 single touch sensor, which provides 8-bit 500-dpi forensic quality images, the DFK-UMS supports Windows 2000, XP and Vista systems, and provides extensive sensor-calibration routines to accurately image wet, dry, or damaged fingers. The different Developer Kits offer open and standard licensing in 1-1 (Verification) and 1-N (Identity) management configurations.

The Fujitsu and 123ID technology provides 32-bit dynamic and static libraries, along with reference design documentation for interfacing the MBF200 to the USB 1.1 system and embedded systems. A matching engine can interoperate between the MBF200 sensor and compliant INCITS-378 (M1) templates generated from other fingerprint sensor manufacturers and matching engine providers. The vector/minutia-based fingerprint algorithm outputs 1-Many INCITS-378 NIST-compliant templates and embedded 1-1 FIPS-201 NIST-compliant templates. An executable version of a sample application demonstrates the enrollment, verification and identity management captured with the supplied MBF200 USB module. Sample source code and complete sample project application files for Visual C++, Visual C#, Visual Basic and HTML are included.

Eases Design of Biometric Security to Replace or Complement Passwords

“Fingerprint sensor technology is delivering unprecedented levels of security in a wide range of platforms and applications,” said Philip Hopkins, Biometrics Product Manager, Embedded Systems Business Group, Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. “Our new software kits simplify development of biometric solutions that can complement or replace passwords, tokens, and other security systems. The kits will help developers meet the fast-growing demand for biometric identification programs in many different applications,” he added.

“The rapidly growing requirement for enterprise biometric authentication solutions has brought about the need for remote enrollment and authentication of users,” said Roger Quint, Chief Executive Officer of 123ID, Inc. “We offer interoperability between different fingerprint scanners in large, interconnected and integrated IT systems as well as the capability of a one-to–many matching solution, which is in complete accordance with the United States’ National Institute of Standards and Testing.”

Software modules in the kit include the Capture, Verify, Identify and Minutiae Extraction Modules. The Capture Module calibrates the Fujitsu fingerprint sensor and automatically adjusts the sensor sensitivity to create the optimal image, providing a raw fingerprint image and fingerprint template. The Verify and Identify Modules, which are available in DLL, static libraries and ActiveX form, perform interoperable matching with fingerprints captured on the MBF200 USB Touch Sensor. The Minutia Extraction Module finds the endings of the ridges and bifurcations in a fingerprint, and generates minutia compatible with FIPS-201 NIST specifications. This module also enables batch and massive creation of fingerprint templates for volume testing under 1-Many and Identify conditions.

Pricing and Availability

DKF-UMS is compatible with FIPS 201, and the Fujitsu architecture carries 378 native templates delivered by the 123ID biometric technology. The kit includes a CD with all files, object code, documentation, shield application data, sample code and project files, along with the MBF200 hardware, reference schematic and matching engine libraries in DLL and ActiveX form. The kit is available in single or open license with prices starting at $3,000.

DKF-UMS-1120 UMS Developer Kit, 1-N and 1-1, 1 standard license
DKF-UMS-1130 UMS Developer Kit, 1-1 only, 1 standard license
DKF-UMS-1117 UMS Developer Kit, 1-N and 1-1, 1 open license
DKF-UMS-1137 UMS Developer Kit, 1-1 only, 1 open license


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