Ability to serve all users

Including problem fingers and challenging environments



To be truly effective using a given biometric technology, that technology must capable of gathering data for virtually the entire population being served. It must also do this across a broad range of environmental conditions. NEXT’s large-area sensors are the industry leader in their ability to serve virtually all users.

For governments, corporations and major payment networks, it is particularly important to implement systems capable of storing fingerprint data for virtually all citizens, employees and customers being served. Serving only a small portion of the population just isn’t good enough for the system to be effective.

For these types of applications where very high levels of security and convenience must consistently be achieved real life challenges like cut, worn, dry, wet, or feature poor fingers must be addressed. Similarly, issues like inconsistent finger placement during enrollment and capture, must also be addressed.

The core difficulty is to achieve acceptable levels of convenience (low number of false rejections) at uncompromised levels of security, for all users. NEXT sensors based on the company’s Active Thermal™ technology are uniquely capable of delivering both security and convenience across the broadest set of populations in the most challenging environmental conditions.

Additional Background

The following illustration shows how false rejection rates using a medium sized senor will deteriorate for the most challenging user groups and environments.


Average FRRs of 2% or higher mean, that a significant part of a population is not able or willing to use the system.
Thorough, proper and realistic testing is mandatory for understanding the efficacy of various fingerprint technologies. Fingerprint sensor markets vary significantly in their requirements and complexity. The following illustration shows how performance and test requirements range from the easy and fault tolerant smart phone market to the governmental, payment and corporate markets where quality and accuracy are critical.


Science, tests, certification requirements, industry experts, industry and government standards all confirm that quality critical applications segments all require large sized sensors with active capture areas of 169 mm² (ISO-minimum) or above.



Challenging environments
Large sized sensors are proven in challenging environments use
Serving all
Large sized sensors are proven in the most challenging decimile of a population
NEXT sensors are proven under Class 2 and Class 3 testing regimes