UV disinfection device for biometric fingerprint scanners launched by TechnoBravo


New Jersey-based startup TechnoBravo is launching a new device to disinfect biometric contact scanners with ultraviolet C (UVC) light.

The new BioSan device kills up to 99.9% of harmful viruses and bacteria to enable safe use of fingerprint scanners without compromising their biometric performance. The effectiveness of the device has been verified by the University of Siena, according to an announcement from the company.

TechnoBravo emphasizes that fingerprint recognition remains the most frequently used biometric modality and has been a reliable method of identifying individuals for decades. Fingerprint scanners continue to be widely deployed, despite the growing maturity of other biometric modalities, reliably supporting comparisons with large databases.

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded growing resistance to the use of fingerprint scanners, inspiring TechnoBravo to develop an automated method for cleaning fingerprint sensors after each use. ABI Research predicted in October that fingerprint revenue would fall 22% in 2020, before rebounding in 2021.

“Airports, border security, law enforcement, banks and even businesses rely heavily on fingerprint technology for security and access control purposes. They were now faced with the real likelihood of having to replace or modify their systems, at great expense, to regain user confidence, ”explains Charlie Laxton, co-founder of TechnoBravo. “It has become urgent for us to find a way to solve the problem in a cost effective but highly reliable manner. And that’s how BioSan was born.

BioSan distributes UVC light at specific dosage levels over the entire surface of the fingerprint device to kill almost any microorganisms left on the plate after use. The UVC dosage is safe for humans and the cleansing action is visible without being intrusive, according to the company.

The sanitation process takes around 30 seconds, with an LED indicating that it is on. The lights have a lifespan of over 1,000 hours, according to TechnoBravo. In the event of a device failure, the BioSan immediately alerts the system operator that sanitation efficiency may be degraded and user safety compromised.

“UVCs are currently used by laboratories and hospitals for disinfection purposes,” explains Warren Lahoud, investor and co-founder of the company. “It made sense then to consider using it for fingerprint sensors and potentially other contact-based identification methods. We also decided to have the device tested by the University of Siena to give our customers even more peace of mind about the quality and effectiveness of the product.

The BioSan enclosure easily fits most fingerprint scanners on the market, and custom enclosures are available.

The company also said Biometric update in an email that a patent on the technology is pending.

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