NEC Develops Worlds First Fingerprint Sensing Device for Newborns and Infants

NEC today announced the development of the world’s first fingerprint sensing device prototype capable of capturing fingerprint images of newborns and infants. The device, researched and developed in conjunction with Michigan State University, underwent extensive testing in field applications in Dayalbagh, India.The prototype device successfully captured the fingerprint images of over 300 children, including more than 100 from infants younger than 6 months, one of whom was just six hours old. NEC’s new compact device (D72mm x W35mm x H7.5mm) is ergonomically designed, slim and light weight (less than 50g), with a rounded and tapered edge finish that is comfortable for the child as well as the operator. The device rests securely in the operator’s hand, making it exceptionally portable and allowing for easy, accurate capture of infant fingerprints.

Until now, fingerprint identification for infants and newborns has been very difficult due to the small-sized, soft and delicate fingers of such young children. This is especially true when using the existing large fingerprint capturing devices with small children, compounding the difficulty of capturing quality and useful prints. The new device adopts a combination of a 1,270 pixels per inch (ppi) high resolution CMOS image sensor for high quality image capture and a special glass plate formed from bundled fiberglass for image enhancement. Using the device, fingerprint images are captured within a few seconds.

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An operator simply holds the infant’s finger and places it on the sensor surface. A preview of the image is displayed on a portable device to which the sensor is connected and the image can be saved with the click of a switch on the device. The switch and the preview window simplify the entire capturing process, making fingerprint imaging comfortable for both the child and the operator.

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