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Fingerprint Readers with DigitalPersona Silicon-based Sensors Certified for China Resident Identity Card

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DigitalPersona, Inc., a trusted partner for biometric identity verification solutions, today announced that its TouchChip® TCS1 sensor is the only silicon sensor used in fingerprint readers certified by the Ministry of Public Security under general technical requirements for fingerprint capture device GA / T 1011-2012 for the China Resident Identity Card.  Miaxis Biometrics Co., Ltd. and Shandong Synthesis Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. — both Chinese manufacturers — have leveraged DigitalPersona's high-performance silicon sensor to meet the certification requirements while bringing speed and economy to the fingerprint capture process.

As of January 2012, the new China Resident Identity Card Law requires citizens to have their fingerprints recorded when applying for, renewing or replacing their resident identity cards. China has more than a billion resident ID cards in circulation and that number is expected to grow. Citizens use their ID cards when voting, buying homes, accessing government services and other essential activities. "With such a large population and wide range of applications, fingerprint biometrics is the most logical choice, from both a security and a cost perspective," said Richard Agostinelli, president and CEO at DigitalPersona. "It's an impressive identity program and we're thrilled that Miaxis and Synthesis selected our silicon sensor to be part of it."

In addition to fingerprint readers certified for the China Resident Identity Card, DigitalPersona's TouchChip sensors have been successfully integrated into bank ID terminals.  This identification solution allows banks in China to guard against teller fraud by providing a biometric audit trail of financial transactions.

In other parts of the world, DigitalPersona's wide selection of silicon touch and swipe sensors have been deployed by public and private enterprises for a variety of applications, including logical and physical access control, mobile identification and other government services. "Our silicon solutions have been a popular choice for applications where fast capture and excellent biometric performance are top priorities," Agostinelli said. Key features include high reliability, a compact design and low power requirements.  For more information, visit

About DigitalPersona

DigitalPersona offers the world's broadest portfolio of biometrics-based identity verification solutions. Applications range from highly secure banking environments and complex government identity programs to point-of-sale retail systems. Our solutions verify the identity of more than 200 million authorized users worldwide and significantly reduce the risk of fraud, theft and unauthorized access. Offerings for end-users and system integrators include industry-specific software applications, complete SDKs and a full range of optical, silicon, touch, swipe and embedded readers.   For more information call +1 650.474.4000, send an email to or visit

© 2014 DigitalPersona, Inc. All rights reserved. DigitalPersona® and TouchChip® are trademarks of DigitalPersona, Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.  This information does not constitute an offer to sell or a commitment of present or future availability of any products or features.  Availability of any DigitalPersona products is subject to change at DigitalPersona's sole discretion.  DigitalPersona specifically disclaims all warranties of any kind, express or implied.  Users must take full responsibility for their application of any products or compliance with any national, state or local legal or regulatory requirements of any kind.

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