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Biometrics - The Key for Effective, Secure & Smart Identification

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  • 1. Th e K e y f o r E f f e c t i v e , S e c u r e a n d S m a rtI d e n t i f i c at i o n : B i o m e t r i c s A Frost & Sullivan White Paper in Partnership with IdexPrepared by Matia Grossi Research Manager, Physical Security

2. TA B L E O F TABLE OF CONTENTS 2CONTENTSExecutive Summary 3Biometrics4 Biometrics As The Natural Response To Increased Identity And Credential Theft 4Fingerprint Biometrics The Most Deployed Technology 4 - Future Applications5 - Challenges To Overcome 5IDEX Solutions6About IDEX6IDEX IP Portfolio6Smartfinger Film Fingerprint Swipe Sensor Hardware6How Does IDEX Swipe Sensor Work 7Smartfinger Key Characteristics 7Explaining The Techology9The Hardware9The Software11 - PC And Laptop Applications 11 - Embedded Development Kit 11Case Study - Transactional Authentication (Validus) 12Contact Us13Frost & Sullivan 2 3. Executive SummaryThis Frost & Sullivan white paper aims to show how:EXECUTIVE-Security concerns in the present world continue to grow ever more complex. IdentitySUMMARY management and the many billions lost every year through fraudulent authentication in financial, banking, retail and corporate environments is pushing for the need for enhanced, secure identification and personal verification technologies.-Biometrics can easily solve the issue surrounding identity management and frauds.-The major applications at the present time are: physical and network/logical access control; in bank vaults and ATM cash points; integrated in biometric passports.-Future applications for biometrics include: huge potential for transactional authentication and online banking and shopping.-There are a number of challenges to overcome for the mass uptake of biometrics especially in the credit cards/transactional verification and consumer electronics segment, such as: size, price, performances.-IDEX SmartFinger Film sensor is ideally suited to tackle these size/price/performance challenges thanks to its unique combination of small, ultrathin and flexible swipe fingerprint sensors combined with the highly efficient, small footprint authentication software. IDEX SmartFinger Film can be customized for a variety of applications such as One Time Password devices, Smartcards, ID cards, access control devices and biometric tokens; this together with its small hardware and software footprints make it perfect for a number of applications in the transactional (such as online banking, ATM access, online and point of sales purchases), consumer electronics and traditional physical security markets. Frost & Sullivan3 4. Biometrics Biometrics As The Natural Response To Increased Identity And Credential TheftBIOMETRICS Biometrics is essentially a way of identifying an individual through his/her unique physiological or behavioral patterns. Biometric technologies offer higher security levels by simply ensuring that the authorized individual is physically present to gain access. Security concerns in the present world continue to grow ever more complex. There are many concerns regarding the threats to identity management measures such as access cards, employees identity cards, password protection, personal identification numbers (PINs), passports, and so on; which can be forgotten, lost, disclosed, or changed. The consequences of fraudulent authentication in financial, banking, retail and corporate environments can be disastrous with loss of confidential information, money, and compromised data integrity. In the United Kingdom alone Identify Fraud, costs 1.2 billion each year (source: www.identitytheft.org.uk). As the level of security breaches and transaction fraud increases, the need for enhanced, secure identification and personal verification technologies increases proportionally. For these and other reasons, the market for biometric products in Europe is still growing; supported by Banking and Commercial initiatives, on top of the more traditional Governmental ones. Based on Frost & Sullivans research, whilst the adoption of biometrics is concentrated in the government sector; since 2004, an increasing number of biometric products are being developed for commercial markets, in particular for the financial, retail and consumer electronics sectors. Fingerprint Biometrics The Most Deployed Technology Fingerprint is the most frequently used biometric measure amongst all, with an approximate 62% revenue contribution, as of 2009. Worldwide Biometrics Market: Revenues by Technology, 2009Voice Sign atu re 3% 1%O th er 1%Han d 5%Ir is8% Face 20 %Fin ger p r in t 62%Frost & Sullivan4 5. There are a number of reasons that contribute to the success of the fingerprint technology in themarket. Such as: One of the least expensive amongst all the different biometrics technologies, making it very attractive for high volume applications.BIOMETRICS Small storage space, reduced power requirements, and resistive nature to temperature and background lighting makes it an ideal technology to be deployed in a vast range of applications from the smallest consumer electronic device to the high end physical and logical access control.The major applications at the present time are: Physical access control (applications such as door lock entrance control, safes, and vehicles) and network/logical access control (e-commerce, smart card, and sensing terminals). Significant use in banking and financial industry as means of authentication to prevent identity fraud in on-line banking and ATM cash points. Integrated in biometric passports and implemented in many countries under International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliance.Future ApplicationsDue to the increasing number of fraud in applications such as: Transactional authentication: in Europe alone $25.67 billion are lost every year (source European Biometric Portal). To combat these fraudulent measures, fingerprint technology is best suited as it is a mature technology and can be cheaply deployed in a large scale and can offer huge advantages for: Online Banking Secure Network Access Secure Online Shopping National and Governmental ID programs in Africa and Middle East, for example Manufacturing Technology different from standard SmartCardsChallenges To OvercomeFrost & Sullivan has identified a number of elements that represent key challenges to be overcomefor the long awaited mass uptake of biometrics. If we look then at the credit cards/transactionalverification and consumer electronics segment, these challenges that Frost & Sullivan hasidentified are: Size Price Performances - This element in particular has been one of the major failures when addressing the laptops market in the initial deployments since 2006-2007. For a future real uptake of the technology in the consumer electronics sector, performances need to be improved in order for users experience to be guaranteed. Frost & Sullivan5 6. IDEX Solutions About IDEXIDEX SOLUTIONS IDEX ASA (ticker IDEX) founded in 1996 is headquartered in Oslo Norway with representative sales offices in Europe and Asia specialising in fingerprint imaging and authentication. IDEX develops and supplies the patented SmartFinger Film fingerprint sensor technology and software algorithms which enables on device enrollment, template storage and verification within the very same module. SmartFinger Film is extremely thin and flexible and can be customised for a variety of applications such as One Time Password devices, Smartcards, ID cards, access control devices and biometric tokens. IDEX has invested heavily in research and development in the development of a solution aimed at the fingerprint market. IDEX has mainly focused on addressing the size, performance and price issues; which, as discussed, represent the key challenges for the successful mass uptake of fingerprint biometrics in the consumer electronics, especially Biometric authentication devices and transactional verification market. SmartFinger Film raises card security to the next level by incorporating biometric ID within existing systems without having to modify the existing infrastructure. IDEX sells and markets SmartFinger products and technology through strategic partnerships globally. Its focus is working with companies who are developing, manufacturing and marketing intelligent biometric ID and transactional cards where the Smartfinger film fingerprint swipe sensor meets the needs and requirements for a complete biometric authentication solution within the ISO standard card format. IDEX is also focused on Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) who are developing peripherals such as memory cards, USB sticks which have or plan to implement fingerprint sensors for additional security. IDEX is also addressing the physical access market segment through industrial distribution partners that provide fingerprint modules to be used in access control devices. IDEX IP Portfolio The IDEX IP portfolio includes: Image reconstruction scheme based on a single-line fingerprint sensor AC capacitive sensing principle Navigation functionality Single-chip as well as substrate based sensor modules Measurement system and live finger detection SMARTFINGER Film Fingerprint Swipe Sensor Hardware The SmartFinger Film sensors are based on state-of-the-art polymer process technologies and offer small, ultrathin and flexible swipe fingerprint sensors compliant with the form factors specified by the ISO/IEC 7810 standards for identity and smart cards. The finger swipe area is only 50 m thick, while the total thickness of the fingerprint device including ~15 mm2 signal processing chip is less than 0.35 mm. Combined with the highly efficient, small footprint authentication software, the SmartFinger Film sensors are ideally suited stand-alone, embedded biometric applications such as biometric tokens, biometric cards, remote controls, USB sticks, PC peripherals, locks, handheld devices etc. Frost & Sullivan6 7. How Does