Synaptics, one of the most known providers of touch and display solutions has launched a new type of autonomous fingerprint scanner, self-isolated from the devices it is mounted on.
The new technology is targeted at any type of electronic devices that can use fingerprints as passwords. Because it is self-isolated and does not require much access to the main device’s hardware or software, the security risks that threaten the software cannot affect the security lock.
Synaptics’s new fingerprint scanner can take care of the print identification all by itself using the “match-in sensor”. Fingerprint image enrollment, pattern storage and bio-metric matching can be handled without risking access or interference from malware and other threats.
Usually, fingerprint data is stored in the main system of a electronic device, making it susceptible to outside interference that can lead to total fingerprint forgery or unwanted password replacement.
While regular fingerprint scanners can be under protected security wise, they nonetheless have become popular as a password replacement since they do not require users to write down or remember any data.
Other companies are working on similar password replacing technologies to that of finger scanning like “selfies” and voice recognition. But fingerprints are currently the only stable method to replace passwords.
Pictures and voices can be easily altered or can fail to be recognized properly due to body changes, while fingerprints stay the same a user’s entire life.
Sampling for the new fingerprint scanning technology is now available to certain equipment manufacturers. This will probably allow testing for compatibility and security issues between the sensor and many of the different producer devices.
The main market for now will most likely be laptops and other large devices such as tablets, since the sensor requires a certain amount of space which smartphones cannot always spare.
But in the future the Synaptics product could be quite successful as it can render many devices unusable when stolen without requiring constant GPS monitoring or other breaches of user privacy. Many devices use GPS to track a stolen phone but some require that the application is enabled all the time and thus monitoring the users every step.
The Match-in-Sensor works through the use of an on-board system on Chip with both output and input capabilities, a microprocessor and integrated firmware, all mashed into one single isolated device.
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