A Korean cell phone company has added a fingerprint sensor to its multi-function phone. Besides protecting the data in the phone, the new system will also tell the person’s fortune based on his/her 10 fingerprints and allow the user to speed-dial up to 10 numbers or create 10 different text messages by swiping a different finger across the sensor.
Sensor Enables m-Commerce, Navigation, Speed Dialing, and Fortune Telling
MELBOURNE, Fla. & SEOUL, Korea–Pantech, a leading Korean cell phone manufacturer, has launched a biometric cell phone that leverages the full Power of Touch from AuthenTec – providing users with advanced security and the broadest range of innovative new features and functions controlled by the simple swipe of your finger.
Pantech has added AuthenTec’s EntrePad AES2510 fingerprint sensor to its new PCK-6000 phone, an advanced multi-function phone that is available through KTF, one of Korea’s largest service providers. The EntrePad AES2510 is the industry’s most proven fingerprint slide sensor, used in millions of wireless devices worldwide.
The new phone is the first in Asia to leverage the breadth of AuthenTec’s Power of Touch capabilities, including advanced security, convenience, navigation and personalization. Some of the unique features and functions that the sensor enables on the new Pantech phone include:
– Security to restrict access to contact lists, photos and sensitive stored data.
– Multi-finger speed dialing of favorite numbers – instantly dials up to 10 numbers by swiping a different finger across the sensor.
– Finger controlled text messaging – stores and instantly creates up to 10 different text messages based on the finger used.
– Easy touch picture viewing – views 10 favorite pictures from your stored photo album at the swipe of your fingers.
– Fortune telling – tells user’s life fortune based on their 10 fingerprints.
The sensor also plays a key role in protecting the phone’s revolutionary m-commerce and wireless banking capabilities. The phone features KTF’s K-merce service – Korea’s first-ever wired and wireless integrated service brand to enable e-transactions. K-merce has revolutionized the wireless data market, while bringing customers greater convenience. The service enables subscribers to conduct a wide range of financial e-transactions from their mobile phone, including wireless credit card transactions, wireless Internet banking, shopping, and obtaining discount coupons and reservations.
“Biometrics plays a critical role in making the Pantech PCK-6000 phone more secure, easy to use, and fun for our customers,” said Dahyun Oh, of Pantech’s Product Planning Team, “We selected AuthenTec’s sensor because of its proven security, convenience, and ability to provide a broad range of features and functions that our customers want.”
“Pantech has advanced the role of cell phones to a whole new level. The phone’s truly unique features and functions enable customers to use their cell phone in a whole new way,” said Andy Germano, wireless marketing director for AuthenTec. “We are excited to be selected by Pantech, and to help enable these new features and services for their customers.”
About Pantech Co., Ltd.
From a pager producer in 1991, to a handset maker today, Pantech Co. has become a leading edge in mobile technology. Listed on the Korea Stock Exchange in 1997, Pantech advanced into producing both CDMA and GSM handsets. In 2001, Mr. Byeong Yeop Park, the founder and chairman of Pantech, acquired Curitel Communications Inc. which was a spin-off company from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. Now Pantech is moving toward a global mobile phone producer with brand marketing and high-end mobile phones. Pantech is headquartered in Seoul, Korea with regional sales offices distributed globally. More information, visit www.pantech.com.
With more than five million sensors in use worldwide, AuthenTec is the world leader in fingerprint sensor innovation and sales to the PC, wireless, and access control markets. AuthenTec’s award-winning FingerLoc® and EntrePad® sensors take full advantage of The Power of Touch(TM) by utilizing the company’s patented TruePrint® technology to deliver the most convenient, reliable and cost-effective means available for enabling touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication. The company’s network of partners, solution providers and customers include: Analog Devices, APC, Compal, Cherry, Fujitsu Computer, Computer Associates, Fellowes, HP, IBM, LGE, Microsoft, Motion Computing, NEC Packard Bell, Pantech, Samsung, Tatung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Quanta, Wistron, among others. Visit www.authentec.com.