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Citizens of Finland are able to obtain services and conduct business with the government via the SIM card in the mobile phone. The SIM manages a digital signature process that authenticates the user and secures the transaction.
For years, optical readers have dominated the fingerprint biometric landscape. But the newer, smaller silicon-based sensors are making it possible for fingerprint scanners to fit in a host of consumer electronics devices.
Awash in controversy, national ID cards are hotly under debate in the United Kingdom, Australia, and even the U.S. While a U.K. ID moves closer to reality, Australian efforts seem stalled … and many fear the recently passed Real ID Act creates a de facto ID for the states.
A spinoff from chipmaker STMicro, UPEK is helping define the new generation of fingerprint biometrics with its silicon-based sensors. The tiny sensors are being integrated into PDAs, laptops, mobile phones, and more.