NEXT Biometrics Group ASA and US-based BIO-key International, Inc., today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement which will enable both companies to strengthen their already market leading offerings NEXT has licensed BIO-key’s fingerprint algorithm for inclusion with their new reduced-area, low cost sensors, and BIO-key has placed a purchase order for NEXT area sensors for use in BIO-key’s new line of low-cost and high performance fingerprint scanner devices.


As a part of NEXT’s commitment to become a leading fingerprint sensor provider in the Smartphone and Tablet space, the company requires a superior algorithm to pair with its new down-sized fingerprint imaging sensors. After a comprehensive evaluation, NEXT entered a licensing agreement with long-time biometric algorithm innovator BIO-key International Inc. The BIO-key software allows NEXT to offer moderate, but key sensor size reductions, without compromising system level security or user experience. Combining BIO-key’s algorithm with NEXT’s new reduced-area sensors further enhances NEXT’s competitiveness in the size and price focused Smartphone and Tablet markets.


BIO-key and its channel partners are volume distributors of fingerprint sensors for OEM and enterprise access. For their short and medium term needs, BIO-key has placed a purchase order for 75.000 NEXT sensors. This contract is at NEXT’s game changing sensor pricing levels – representing both significant savings and increased competitiveness for BIO-key their partners and customers.

Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO NEXT Biometrics said : ” This deal is a perfect match for both parties. NEXT Biometrics will, by including BIO-key in our “NEXT Certified Partner Program,” further enhances its offering in the design- and price-focused Smartphone and Tablet space. At the same time, we get a new, attractive, sensor customer.

Michael DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of BIO-key, stated “We are proud to have been selected by NEXT to complement their breakthrough sensor technology. The NEXT sensor line comes at the perfect point of inflection in fingerprint biometric adoption and complements existing offerings in our product line. Consumers have accepted the value proposition of fingerprint authentication, as evidenced by the success of Apple’s Touch ID, yet there has never been a high quality area sensor package available for the mass market below a $25 price point. Our customers in the financial services, retail and healthcare verticals are requesting high quality, low cost area placement sensors to be deployed in volume, and this partnership with NEXT will facilitate that into 2015,” continued DePasquale.

Enabled by its patented Active Thermal Principle, NEXT offers high quality area fingerprint sensor at a fraction of the prices of comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats including Smartphones, Tablets, PC’s, Doors, Time registration systems, Payment terminals, Flashdrives, Usb-tokens, Key fobs and many more are targeted. NEXT BIOMETRICS GROUP ASA is a publically listed company headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with sales, support and development subsidiaries in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Taipei and Shanghai.

Investor & Press contacts :
Tore Etholm-Idsoe / CEO, mob + 47 922 32 439, e-mail
Knut Stålen / CFO, mob + 47 920 43 458, e-mail

BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions to commercial and government enterprises, integrators, and custom application developers. BIO-key’s award winning, high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise applications. Our solutions are used in local embedded OEM products as well as some of the world’s largest identification deployments to improve security, guarantee identity, and help reduce identity theft. BIO-key’s technology is offered directly or by market leading partners around the world. (

Press contact:
Jay Meier, VP Corporate Development

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