On trends and recent Swedish biometrics successes: Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics

Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics

I have followed the Biometrics news on daily basis and this is my summary for you: It’s, almost, all about mobile…and I think, in a not distant future, add to that the upcoming wearables too.

You can sense it in the air: the growing interest for utilizing biometrics in mobile devices and diverse mobile applications (for my company, its positive side-effect has been an increasing interest and special requests for remote biometric-device management).

I have, in particular, followed recent successes from two Swedish companies: Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics.

When I read the news about Fingerprint Cards licensing Precise Biometrics algorithms I found Johan Carlström’s, CEO of Fingerprint Cards, message to be a realistic and clear-cut summary:

“Driven by the largest mobile manufacturers in the world, several hundred million users are, in the next two years, expected to purchase smartphones and tablets with built-in fingerprint sensors. It is of paramount importance to ensure these users a smooth, convenient, and secure user experience, thus the selection of Precise Biometrics as partner in algorithms.”

This strategic partnership feels very natural and makes a dream-team. It also makes me glad, as the Chairman, that these two Swedish pioneers finally find a solid common ground (a multi-billion dollar market) for teaming-up.

Where are these two companies go from here, one could ask?

I think they will create even more success stories now together (and later maybe M&A with large IT players, I speculate, in order to expand the reach towards delivering in more massive scales).

I am certain of one thing: they both produce high-end biometric products with full potential to make a sizable impact in the mass adoption and popularization of biometric technologies and services. If this ever happen, then you know they created a major milestone; a paradigm shift of increased acceptance towards using biometric technologies. And, I think that’s the first signature that indicates ‘The Golden Years of Biometrics’.

Babak Goudarzipour
Swedish National Biometric Association (SNBA)

Fingerprint Cards
Precise Biometrics


About Babak Goudarzi Pour
Babak is co-founder and CEO of Optimum Biometric Labs (OBL) since its inception in 2003. Babak has served as the Chairman of the Swedish National Biometric Association, SNBA, since its inception in 2004. He also works as Swedish technical expert in the international standardization work ISO/IEC/JTC 1/SC 37. Babak holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Signal Processing and Telecommunications from Blekinge Institute of Technology.

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