UPEK, a California biometric fingerprint solutions provider, has launched, in conjunction with Microsoft, the Worldwide Biometric Challenge, seeking to encourage development of biometric applications for Windows 7, the first Windows operating system with native support for fingerprint biometric authentications. Microsoft’s newest operating system is slated for general release Oct. 22.
The contest asks software developers to utilize the Windows Biometric Framework to build applications that make use of notebook computers with integrated fingerprint sensors as well as USB peripheral fingerprint readers.
Submissions to the Worldwide Biometric Challenge will be judged for their innovativeness, usefulness, usability and utilization of the WBF. Submissions are due Nov. 9, 2009 and winners will be announced Nov.16. The winner and runners-up will receive prizes and have their applications featured on the UPEK website. For more information visit the UPEK site.