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Fulcrum brings fingerprint ID hardware, app to iPod Touch

updated 12:00 am EDT, Thu May 19, 2011

Useful to government, law enforcement, more

Fulcrum Biometrics has unveiled its FbF MobileOne biometric accessory and companion app, exclusively for the iPod Touch, that turns the iOS device into a fingerprint scanner that can send data to wireless networks or stored locally on the device, for use with governmental, law enforcement and medical systems. The MobileOne accessory features a silicon fingerprint module that can read fingerprints to the FIPS-201/PIV standard, widely accepted in government programs, which plugs into the 30-pin connector on the iPod Touch. Captured fingerprints can be matched to the local database or forwarded to a remote host.

The accessory device works with second-, third- and fourth-generation iPod Touches. When the hardware accessory is docked to the Touch, no other applications -- apart from the iOS system and communication technologies needed to connect to remote systems -- will run. The application part of the system requires iOS 4.0 or later, and will not function without the hardware accessory.

The device can scan fingerprints at 508dpi, and is expected to be able to operate for up to nine hours in full operation mode. The company has published an iOS library for its fingerprint-identification schema for other developers to work with the MobileOne device, and plans to also develop further fingerprint -- and even facial recognition -- apps for the iPod Touch.

The MobileOne device costs $600 and does not include the iPod Touch. The companion app is free. The price represents a cost breakthrough for portable, networkable and reliable biometric scanners that work on a level acceptable to medical, legal and government standards. Other iOS devices, when paired with accessory hardware, have been used for remote heart monitoring and blood-pressure monitoring among other uses.

by MacNN Staff



  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fulcrum? They are the bad guys on Chuck

    On the TV series "Chuck", Fulcrum is a rogue splinter group off of the CIA which uses any means necessary to achieve their goals.

  1. facebook_Kathleen

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    Fulcrum's FbF MobileOne breakthrough is enabling..

    In the past, mobile biometric platforms have literally cost an arm and a leg to develop and deploy. With this new FbF MobileOne "iOS device sleeve", iOS developers can create biometric applications for a variety of use cases that were previously too expensive to develop and deploy with before on larger, heavier and more expensive platforms. Pairing FbF MobileOne with iOS devices now puts mobile biometric application development in reach for nearly any iOS developer and biometric customer. Use cases range from remote medical monitoring and mobile access control (such as school bus access control) to law enforcement on foot patrol and everything else in between. For iOS and biometrics ISVs, the sky is the limit. iOS and biometric software developers should definitely check this out.

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