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1 Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC)
Sep 2011 Alexander Blomquist

2 Biometric technologies - overview
Fingerprints - Iris recognition - Vein patterns or Hand Geometry Face recognition Voice recognition Signature

3 Various technologies - Product implementations
Fingerprint scanner Hand geometry Face recognition Iris scanner Vein scanner

4 Biometrics - strong growth segment
Biometrics are automated methods of identifying or authenticating the identity of a person based on fingerprint, hand, iris, face, signature, voice or behavior

5 Market segments Standardised applications for government and border control (AFIS, NIST standard etc.) Other government and public applications Commercial applications Low cost / high volym (laptops, mobil phones etc) High performance, high profile, quality important

6 Purpose of biometrics - Security - replacing PIN codes/passwords
- Convenience - easy access - Personalization - personal settings - Track record – who did what/when/where

7 Company Mission FPC company mission:
To be a leading provider of fingerprint verification components and systems

8 Products Biometric Processors FPC2020 ASIC
Fingerprint sensors FPC1011F (Area) FPC1080A (Swipe) *released Q4 2011* Biometric Processors FPC2020 ASIC Stand-alone Modules FPC-AM3 (area sensor based) Algorithms Distinct Area Detection (DAD) Verification, Identification and Enrolment Fingerprint sensor Algorithms Processor for fingerprint image handling Biometric modules

9 Company milestones 1997 First sensor ready
1999 Processor ASIC ready Embedded system for an Ericsson mobile phone 2001 Biometric System-on-Card application ready Biometric Match-on-Card application to the Swedish defense 2002 Swipe sensor system ready Distributors are added to the company structure 2003 Co-operation with Texas Instruments and Motorola 3rd generation sensors ready Swipe sensor patent approved 2005 Biometric stand alone modules released 2007 Third generation processor ASIC ready Biggest supplier for Chinese bank sector 2008 New sensor solution launched 2009 New sensor platform

10 Business model FPC support all business relationships below
FPC or distributor delivers components or modules FPC signs license agreements with customer Component delivery or Licensed production by customer FPC deliver customized solutions FPC have exclusive arrangements

11 Patents Sensor patent, architecture Sensor patent, pixel element
The sensor architecture covers the method of real time programming of sensor matrix function. Sensor patent, pixel element The design of the sensor pixel element and associated conversion principle results in an extremely sensitive sensor amplifier with low internal noise generation. Algorithm patent Mathematical descriptions by which millions of operations can be carried out in a split second. Swipe sensor methodology patent Method to store individual’s biometric identity without building up the complete image of the fingerprint. Packaging patent Coating for protection of sensor surface and bond wires

12 Sensor technologies Types of fingerprint sensors: Optical Thermal
Capacitive RF Pressure sensitive

13 FPC’s sensor technology
Others FPC FPC’s sensors contain small capacitive plates, each with their own electrical circuit embedded in the chip. The sensor use FPC’s own method HSPA (High Sensitive Pixel Amplifier) which allows each pixel element in the sensor to detect very weak signal, which improves image quality for all types of fingers. Extremely weak electrical charges, sent via the finger, are created, building a pattern between the finger's ridges or valleys and the sensor's plates. Using these charges the sensor measures the capacitance pattern across the surface. FPC’s HSPA-method also allows a patented protective coating that helps FPC’s sensors to withstand well above European Community Standard Class 4 requirement of 15kV for static electricity (ESD) as well as wear and tear.

14 Algorithm FPC’s patented Distinct Area Detection (DAD) algorithm is a feature based algorithm, looking for something that is unique in its surroundings. It locates distinct areas in the three-dimensional fingerprint image derived from the sensor

15 Definition – Verification vs Identification
Verification (1:1): User: “I am Alexander” System: “Yes you are” or “No, you are not” Identification (1:n) or (1:many): User: “Here I am” System: “You are Alexander” or “I do not know you”

16 Terminology Algorithm Performance Security
FAR: False Acceptance Rate 1/ > 1/ (FMR: False Match Rate) Convenience FRR: False Rejection Rate 1-2 % (FMNR: False Non Match Rate) Remove bad fingerprints FTE: Failure To Enrol 0,5-1%

17 Algorithm – DAD vs. Minutia
FPC’s patented Distinct Area Detection (DAD) algorithm is a feature based algorithm, looking for something that is unique in its surroundings. It locates distinct areas in and takes full advantages of the three-dimensional (3D) full grayscale fingerprint image derived from the sensor, compared to a simple two-dimensional black and white image Ridge Valley Real fingerprint Pixels Sensor 2D, minutia based algorithm 3D, FPC’s DAD based algorithm

18 Find Distinct areas – unique in its surrounding
DAD Algorithm Find Distinct areas – unique in its surrounding DISTINCT AREA


20 DAD Algorithm TEMPLATE

21 Algorithm – DAD vs. Minutia
The FPC’s DAD-algorithm use Fingerprint-to-template matching, which requires both the fingerprint and the templates to get a match. Both of them makes up the ”key”. In a minutia based algorithms template-to-template matching is used, which means that you only need two templates to get a match. Here the templates alone makes up the ”key”; not the fingerprint. Minutia based Algorithm FPC’s DAD Algorithm Enrol Verify Enrol Verify Match Match Template Template Template

22 Fingerprint sensor FPC1011F Fingerprint area sensor
Hard and scratch resistant protective surface coating Superior image quality 3D image with 256 true gray scale values (8 bit) 363 dpi Flex connector or BGA High speed SPI interface 3.3 and 2.5 volt operation >15kV ESD protection > wear cycles RoHS compliant Ergonomic frame for optimized finger guidance

23 Environmental tests ESD: Multiple > 15KV, level 4 IEC standard Wear: > uses in test Mechanical resistance, pen drop: > 20 cm direct hit Temperature cycling (operational): -40° C - +85° C Humidity tests (operational): C / 85% humidity Substances resistance: Aceton, Artificial sweat, Coca Cola, Isopropyl, Ethanol, Ketchup, Mosquito repellent, Oil, Petrol, Soap

24 Biometric Processor Processor FPC2020 Sensor interface for FPC1011F
Customized ASIC processor with algorithm hardware support Highest algorithm performance 2 host interfaces available: serial UART and SPI 12-96 MHz clock Identification up to ~500 templates, takes ~1 second FLASH memory directly connected to processor Power supply: 2.5 to 3.3 V Active mode: Sleep mode: 30µA host flash FPC2020

25 Biometric Module Module FPC-AM3 Based on FPC’s components
area sensor FPC1011F processor ASIC FPC2020 Extremely easy to integrate, minimizing time-to-market Serial UART interface Verification and identification mode Upload and download of templates Onboard template storage 1 000 templates Low power consumption Active: 96 MHz, MHz Sleep: 30 μA

26 Test and development kit
Development kit FPC-AMD3 Familiarize yourself in a PC environment Windows application FPC Serial Com Reference source code Reference schematics Housing design Application support

27 Test and development kit
Development kit FPC-ASD Area Sensor Development kit Development kit for FPC1011F, sensor customers Connect to a PC for easy evaluation/demonstration Extremely easy to integrate, minimizing time-to-market USB interface Algorithm available as LIB file (verification and identification) Includes ergonomic sensor housing Reference schematics, source code and CAD for housing design

28 Competetive advantages
Sensor technology High image quality High durability with regards to ESD and wear and tear System performance FTE, FRR and FAR Algorithm for low power/low cost processors System knowledge Low Power consumption Sensor level System level Area/Swipe sensor system Complete optimised system (sensor/asic/algorithm or module) Combination with other algorithms and/or processors Image quality FPC1011F Other sensor ESD protection

29 Customer products Customer products: IT login units
Bank security units Door locks Military security I/C cards PDA’s Card readers Padlocks Safes Access control systems Time & Attendance terminals Tokens Point of sale terminals Medical equipments Lockers Vehicle security systems Portable memory sticks Suitcases Transportation of valuables Etc

30 Real Life Cases Physical Access Door lock for home/office use.
Door lock, battery powered Door lock for home/office use, battery powered

31 Real Life Cases Safe box Fingerprint secured guns safe
Safe for valuables

32 Real Life Cases PC Peripherals USB Token
Bank security USB Token, memory stick, Windows logon

33 Real Life Cases Wireless/handheld devices Portable student identifier
Transportation of valueables

34 Real Life Cases POS (Point-of-Sales) POS unit used in restaurants
Cryptographic keyboard

35 Real Life Cases Other projects Match-On-Card
High security access device used by Swedish Defence System-On-Card

36 Automotive Toll payment Car security

37 Other projects Medical Systems Suitcase lock

38 On your market FPC has local representation or distributors today in:
Argentina Austria Canada China Germany Hong Kong India Indonesia Japan Malaysia Paraguay Singapore South Korea Sweden Switzerland Taiwan UK Uruguay USA

39 Resources

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