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A Compact, Tamper-Resistant, Portable Fingerprint Scanner

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Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
SBG Labs
1288 Hammerwood Avenue Sunnyvale, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: A Compact, Tamper-Resistant, Portable Fingerprint Scanner
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Contract: SB1341-12-SE-0593
Award Amount: $89,918.00


With the growing demand for more efficient fingerprinting techniques, live scans are rapidly displacing traditional ink-based methods. Despite improvements in detector and processing technology for capturing and digitizing fingerprints, current equipment falls well short of NIST’s goal of a small, tamper-resistant, battery-powered, handheld scanner. Incumbent equipment suppliers have little commercial incentive to lead the introduction of low-cost portable devices that can be widely deployed. In response to this need, SBG Labs is pleased to announce an innovative portable scanner based on proprietary holographic technology. Our solution features a compact, high-resolution scanner integrated with a smart, hardware data encrypted, GPS enabled tablet. It can rapidly capture multi-fingerprint images which are fully compliant with FBI standards. In Phase 1, we propose to implement a NIST-compliant protocol for wirelessly communicating with and controlling the operation of our biometric device. This work will leverage several parallel, separately –funded technology development efforts.

Principal Investigator:

Jonathan Waldern
(650) 793-2695
Small Business Information at Submission:

SBG Labs
1288 Hammerwood Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94089-

EIN/Tax ID: 562354080
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No