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Farpoint Group Technical Note — November 2008

could be expected in the commercial world. Adding in government-grade security, such as compliance with the FIPS 140-2 specification, one could imagine no better security solu- tion - on par with those used in military and national-security applications.

We thus believe that fingerprint sensors (and, we might add, related touch-based navigational de- vices) will become key user interface metaphors for many - if not most - future mobile devices. Fingerprint recognition can be also used to enter commands into mobile and Web-based applica- tions, simplifying interaction via what might otherwise be a complex sequence of commands. When combined with haptics, we may in fact find that fingerprints are the key to truly efficient - if not ideal - mobile user interfaces in the very near future.

Conclusion – The Ideal Solution

As we have shown in this White Paper, fingerprint recognition technology is likely to become the methodology of choice for all aspects of mobile security across a broad range of applications and usage scenarios. The technology can be implemented in essentially all handsets and related mobile devices, and has the right combination of security, cost, and convenience for the user. It is well- suited to the authentication, authorization, and encryption required for the device, file, and transac- tional security requirements of modern applications. It may very well be that the mainstream tech- nologies of wallets and pocketbooks are finally headed for the scrapheap, with something that has been with us even longer - the fingerprint - taking their place.

Fingerprint recognition is now available on a number of mobile devices, including the beautiful and elegant Porsche P’9521 (built by Sagem; see Figure 4) handset and Windows Mobile devices including the Toshiba G910, G900 and G500. But, no matter the specific mobile PC or handset, fingerprint recognition yields the single personal identifier that can work with every element of an IT solution, from the handset to the PC, the network, servers, applications, and whatever else might be required - today or tomorrow.

Figure 4: Mobile handset (the Porsche P’9521) equipped with fingerprint sensor (at bottom of screen). Source: Atrua Technologies.

Fingerprint Recognition and Mobile Security


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