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November 17, 2011

DigitalPersona's FingerJetFX Technology Now Available as Open Source

DigitalPersona, a provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions, asserted that its MINEX-certified FingerJetFX fingerprint feature extraction technology is now available to users in the open source domain. The company chose the CARTES & IDentification 2011 conference in Paris, France to make this announcement.

FingerJetFX, Open Source (News - Alert) Edition (OSE), is free, portable software that device manufacturers and application developers can use to convert bulky fingerprint images into small, mathematical representations called fingerprint "templates" for efficient storage or comparison.

DigitalPersona explained that based on technology that has been used in millions of devices around the world, FingerJetFX makes biometrics reliable and easy to add to applications. It’s MINEX-certified for proven interoperability and is available as LGPL open source, so users can adapt it to their particular needs. Users can also avail the commercially-licensed version that adds fast fingerprint matching for both identification and verification while still running in a small amount of memory.

Some of the notable features of the solution are: fingerprint feature extractor; capture device independent; portable flexible compact and scalable; MINEX-certified and enables applications and devices to comply with international biometrics standards; and more.

FingerJetFX can run on 32-bit and 64-bit CPUs as well as 32-bit microcontrollers and is written in self-contained C++ and is designed to run on Linux, Android (News - Alert), Windows, Windows CE, real-time operating systems and even embedded systems without an OS.

Officials with the company noted that quality and consistency of biometric data are becoming critical for new generations of fingerprint-enabled systems, from the smallest embedded devices to the largest database servers.

With FingerJetFX, DigitalPersona is giving integrators and solution providers around the world a way to close a potential gap in their biometric systems before it creates problems that could undermine their success. By offering both open source and commercially-licensed options, they are giving businesses, governments and other organizations the flexibility needed to address this growing issue.

In other news, DigitalPersona recently launched a new generation of biometric fingerprint sensors designed specifically for the growing market of battery-powered mobile identification devices. The new DigitalPersona U.are.U 5100 series of fingerprint modules and readers make high-efficiency, standards-compliant biometrics practical for handheld ID terminals.

These devices are increasingly being used around the world in Civil ID applications such as voting, benefits-checking and micro-finance.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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