Over the last ten years biometric technologies have been perfected and advanced to the extent of proliferation into our daily lives. Commonly used identification systems, entrance or on-premise security and access control systems are now implemented using biometric systems. These are capable of being integrated into several other non-standard systems extending the umbrella and potential of security.
Several large corporations are involved in manufacturing biometric devices. Some of the most popular Fingerprint Scanner manufacturing companies are Nitigen, SecuGen, Suprema and Futronic etc. USB fingerprint readers, embedded fingerprint scanning modules and mobile fingerprint scanners are the basic types available in the market. Each type is used for a different and specific purpose.
Embedded fingerprint reader modules allow users to incorporate biometric authentication into their existing OEM equipment. Software developers can use these fingerprint scanners with various Fingerprint SDKs to develop customized biometric security solutions. These can also have internal data storage capacity. The ease of integration and ruggedness make these devices ideal for OEM projects.
Fingerprint Readers are scanning devices with multifarious applications. These fingerprint scanners can be plugged into a computer separately and are very safe and convenient to use. USB fingerprint scanners are most often used for authentication, identification and verification functions.
Both types of scanners can be used for a variety of applications such as in biometric point-of-sale machines, fingerprint-based computer logins, biometric computer logos, fingerprint time and attendance systems, electronic transaction as well as bank and financial systems. Embedded modules are most commonly used with fingerprint scanners firmly installed within the composition of the device, for instance, in the case of laptops with inbuilt fingerprint verification; whereas USB fingerprint readers are more commonly used due to their portability and durability capabilities. The development necessity and costs are another reason USB readers are preferred over embedded modules in the industry.