Fingerprint sensor is clearly different
- By Michelle Speir
- Nov 16, 2000
Vendors at this week's Comdex trade show were scrambling to show how they're
integrating biometrics into products people already use. But DigitalPersona
Inc. is taking biometric integration a step further with its new U.are.U
Crystal, an ultra-thin, clear fingerprint sensor.
The sensor is thin enough to be embedded in most handheld devices. And because
it's clear, it can be placed over an LCD display. That means the person
who matches the fingerprint could gain access to a secured notebook, personal
digital assistant or cell phone by placing his or her finger right on the
The U.are.U Crystal will enable even the smallest, thinnest devices to have
biometric protection. "U.are.U Crystal's transparent sensor technology supports
the prevailing trend toward thin devices that promote portability and wireless
applications," said Fabio Righi, president and chief executive officer of
DigitalPersona announced that the Glendale, Calif., government signed a
letter of intent last week to order more than 1,000 units of its U.are.U
fingerprint system for workstations over the next five years. The technology
costs about $149 per desktop, said Trish Borrmann, senior marketing manager
for the Redwood City, Calif.-based company.
Dan Caterinicchia contributed to this report.