Startup: Fingerprint Breakthrough?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 29, 2014

A startup, IDAir, wants to read your fingerprints through thin air. While most fingerprint biometric readers force the user to press against a small plate, their reader is completely 'contact free' in use, which the company claims eliminates the risk of communicating sickness and disease. Here's their 30 second marketing demo:

How does this technology work, how much does it cost, and which systems does it work with? Moreover, how does it compare to traditional fingerprint technologies. We answer those questions inside this note.

* *******,*****, ***** ** **** **** ************ ******* **** ***. ***** most *********** ********* ******* ***** *** **** ** ***** ******* a ***** *****, ***** ****** ** ********** '******* ****' ** use, ***** *** ******* ****** ********** *** **** ** ************* sickness *** *******. ****'* ***** ** ****** ********* ****:

*** **** **** ********** ****, *** **** **** ** ****, and ***** ******* **** ** **** ****? ********, *** **** it ******* ************* *********** ************. ** ****** ***** ********* ****** **** ****.

[***************]

New ********* ******

***** **** *** *** *********** ******* *********** ********** ** ****** ************. Instead, ** ********* **** * ********** ** **** *********** ********* ****** *** ******** ** * ******, ***** ** ****** control ****** *** ******* ***** '********'. ***** *** ******* ** *** ** *** ***** *******, the ******* ******* *********** **** * **** ********** ******, * high-intensity *****, * ********* ********, *** * ***** ****** ** electronically ******* ****** ** ******* **** ** ******* ************ ******* actually ****** *******. *** ********* ***** ** **** ******** ** a ******* ******** ** ********* *******, ** *********, ** **************.

Why *** *********

*** **** ********** *****'* ******* ****** **** ***** *********** ******* is **** *** **** *** ** **** ******* ****** ******* with *** ******:

****-****:**** ************ **** *** ******** ********** ******* *** ****-********, *** also *** ********* ** *** ********* ** ************ ******** ** bacteria ******* ******** ******* ** * *********** *******. ******* *******, hospitals, ****, *** ******** ********** *** ********* **** * **** strict ******** *** ***********, *** *** ****** *********** *********** ******** or ******* **** ********* ********.***** ********* **** **** ** ***** ****** *** **** ** ***** a *********** ***** *******, ******** *** ****** ** * ********* facility.

*****:*********** ** *** ******* ***** ** * **** ** *** per ******, ***** *********** ****** ** ***** ** **** ** standard contact-style ******* (**: **** ******* ********** ****** *.* - *.* *******). **** ***** *** ********** *** ** **** *** ****-***** applications **** ****** ******* ** ******** & *************** ********** ** ********.

****

*** ******* '****** *****' ****** *** ******* ********, *** ******** costs ***** $*,*** *** ******, *** **** ***** ******** ** May ****. 

Integration ******

******** ******** ***** **** ****** ****, ********* *********** *** ****** with * ****** ****** ***********, **** ** ********. ***** ******* with ******* ****** ********* **** **** ****, *** ******* ****** no '*** ** *** ***********' **** *** ********, *** ***************** *** ***

*** ******* ***** ** ** ***** ** ******* **** ******* access ********* ** *** **** ******, *** *** ********** * ****** that ******** ********-******** **.** *** **** ******, *** *** *** ** ******** ********* * product ************ *** *** ******** ****** ******* ******.

************

***** *** ********* *** ** ***-***-***** ***** ** ******* ** ****** *******, ************ *** *******. Even ** ******* ************ *** ******* ** ******* ******* ($*,***), *** cost ** *** ****** ** ****** ** ** ** *** high-end **** ******** ** ***** *********** ******* **** ********* ***** between $*** - $**** ****. *** **** ******* ****** *** the ********** ******* ** ** ****-******** ******* ******** ********** *** to *** *********** *********, *** ***** *** ***** *********** ****** needed, ******* ***** * **** ******-***** ******* ** ******* ** prudent *** ****.

Comments (4)

Great article, thanks!

Interesting Brian, though one thing severely bugs:

The main difference IDair's product offers over other fingerprint readers is that the user can be read without making contact with the reader:

I don't have to make contact, I choose to make contact.

Great new product. I must comment though on the "health concerns" mentioned with other fingerprint readers.

So with this product you don't touch the sensor everyone touches, that is great, how are you planning to open the door? Yes, you will touch the same door handle everyone has touched, together with all the taxicab door handles, mass transit hand rails, elevator buttons and building door handles you have touched on your way to the office.

We have a customer who was forced to install hand sanitizer dispensers next to their hand geometry readers by some employees who had those health concerns. The result was a layer of crud left behind on the reader platens rendering them inoperative. Now THAT is gross. They had to clean them almost daily.

Don't lick the palm of your hand after ridding the bus, wash you hands often, and you'll be alright.

The best benefit I see with this technology is the reduced need to clean off the crud created by hand creams, hand sanitizers and other questionable substances left behind on the sensors affecting reliability.

Cheers!

many biometrics vendors provide terrible integration with PACS systems. red flags (and this thing fits...)

use of wiegand. really? you think you're studly because you ship 26 bit wiegand for biometric use in 2014?

presumption the badging database would be in the widget (a DUPLICATE) so that it could be spitting dumb wiegand numbers.

crappy integration with PACS vendors. Dude, at least show up with a demo showing the thing duct taped to Pro-Watch or something. If you have no reference apps you show zero (or less) clue about doing business development with necessary trading partners, making your product tres uninteresting.

That being said I do have clients who would appreciate the no-touch aspect of this sort of solution.

So, perversely enough, this sounds interesting because it's no less applealing as e.g. the SRI solution and so offers a known-but-unpleasant integration cost.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Directory of Video Intercoms on Nov 13, 2018
Video Intercoms, also known as Video Door-Phones or Video Entry Systems, have been growing in the past decade as more and more IP camera...
Beware Amazon Go Store Hype (Tested) on Nov 13, 2018
IPVM's trip to and testing of Amazon Go's San Francisco store shows a number of significant operational and economic issues that undermine the...
Axis 2N Intercom Tested on Nov 08, 2018
Axis expanded its video intercom business buying Czech-based 2N in 2016. Despite competing against owner Axis' intercoms, 2N recently registered as...
Haven Targets School Security with Lockdown Lineup on Nov 08, 2018
Haven, a US startup founded in 2014 as a residential-focused company, has now raised funding and is offering a lineup of commercial grade locks for...
Kogniz Silicon Valley AI Startup Profile on Nov 07, 2018
Kogniz is a Silicon Valley company that aims to bring AI analytics to security and surveillance, centering on their own smart cameras: We spoke...
Directory Of Video Doorbells on Nov 06, 2018
Video doorbells are one of the fastest growing categories in video surveillance, especially among residences. The optimal placement of these...
HID: Stop Selling Cracked 125 kHz Credentials on Nov 05, 2018
HID should stop selling cracked 125 kHz access control credentials, that have been long cracked and can easily be copied by cheap cloners sold on...
Worst Products on Nov 03, 2018
Security integrators periodically report on their favorite and worst products to IPVM. These are known integrators who IPVM pays to answer surveys....
Solar-Powered, Smart-Phone-Based Access Kit (VIZPin) Examined on Nov 02, 2018
Cloud-based access control company VIZPin is releasing a solar-powered and smart phone based access control system for gates and other remote...
Building Occupancy Codes and Access Control Tutorial on Nov 01, 2018
A building or room's classification can greatly impact which building codes must be followed. In terms of access control, these 'occupancy codes'...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Hikvision Silent on "Bad Architectural Practices" Cybersecurity Report on Nov 14, 2018
A 'significant vulnerability was found in Hikvision cameras' by VDOO, a startup cybersecurity specialist. Hikvision has fixed the specific...
French Government Threatens School with $1.7M Fine For “Excessive Video Surveillance” on Nov 14, 2018
The French government has notified a high-profile Paris coding academy that it risks a fine of up to 1.5 million euros (about $1.7m) if it...
Integrator Credit Card Alternative Divvy on Nov 13, 2018
Most security integrators are small businesses but large enough that they have various employees that need to be able to expense various charges as...
Directory of Video Intercoms on Nov 13, 2018
Video Intercoms, also known as Video Door-Phones or Video Entry Systems, have been growing in the past decade as more and more IP camera...
Beware Amazon Go Store Hype (Tested) on Nov 13, 2018
IPVM's trip to and testing of Amazon Go's San Francisco store shows a number of significant operational and economic issues that undermine the...
Magos Radar Company Profile on Nov 12, 2018
Magos America General Manager Yaron Zussman admits when he first came across Magos, he asked himself: "What's innovative about radar?" Be that as...
Genetec Privacy Protector Tested on Nov 12, 2018
Genetec has built Kiwi Security's Privacy Protector into Security Center, an analytic which anonymizes individuals in cameras' fields of view...
Chinese Government Increases Hikvision Ownership on Nov 12, 2018
The Chinese government - Hikvision's controlling shareholder - is increasing its ownership of the video surveillance giant amid sharp stock price...
Axis: "No One Wants To Buy A Camera" on Nov 09, 2018
Axis has, in its own description, made a bold declaration: The industry is changing so rapidly that the following statement might seem bold but...
Video Surveillance Hard Drive Size Statistics 2018 on Nov 08, 2018
What is the most common hard drive size for video surveillance? 150+ integrators answered: What size hard drive do you most commonly use? What...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact