Secugen Hamster Plus Fingerprint Scanner

Published: 08th April 2011
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In the last couple of decades, the advancement of science and technology has been mammoth in proportions. Technology has invaded our daily lives like never before. Like every field, identification and verification have also been improved manifolds, thanks to technology, in particular biometrics.



Biometrics is the science that uses human characteristics such as fingerprints, irises, DNA etc. as unique identifiable parameters of an individual and in this way eliminates chances of fraud and human mistakes drastically. The popularity of biometrics, especially fingerprints, has led to leading countries across the world adopting automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) to strengthen national security, improve criminal investigations as well as to check fraud in many situations. Nigeria is one of the many countries to have embraced AFIS. The country has implemented it for election purposes in order to hold fair elections. AFIS helped Nigeria to identify and remove many duplicates from the voters register. The process was further facilitated by using a number of local government areas rather than the whole country as one dataset.



To set up such large AFIS and to make them work successfully, a pre-requisite is an excellent fingerprint reader. Secugen Hamster Plus is one such new-age fingerprint scanner from Secugen. The compact biometric device with ergonomic design successfully captures fingerprint images from any finger, including the thumb. As a result, it is widely used in a number of applications including fingerprint matching, fingerprint verification, fingerprint recognition, fingerprint authentication, and fingerprint scanning applications.



This USB fingerprint scanner ensures quick transfer of data through its USB 2.0 interface which has a maximum communication speed of 12 mbps. Further, the scanner boasts of two unique features: Auto-On and Smart Capture. Thanks to the Auto-On feature, the sensors of the fingerprint reader automatically turn on as soon as a finger comes in its vicinity. The sensors are high-quality, rugged and maintenance-free and they ensure ultra-precise images of 500 dpi + 0.2% resolution. The Smart Capture, on the other hand, delivers distortion-free, high quality fingerprint images of 260x300 pixels even from dry, moist, scarred, marked, or stained fingers. With less than 0.1% non-linear distortion, 256 shades (8-bit gray level) image gray scale and extremely high image capturing speed--0.1 seconds for continuous image capture speed and 0.2 seconds for snapshot image capture speed---Secugen Hamster Plus makes an excellent choice .



Further, the reader is FCC, CE and RoHS certified. It weighs only 100g (without stand) and has an an operating temperature of 0 to 40 degree Celsius and operating humidity of less than 90% RH. These features make the scanner perfect for large scale identification systems. Moreover, SEIR fingerprint biometric technology and a shock, vibration, corrosion and scratch resistant prism make the USB fingerprint reader apt for rough environments as well. A free Demo application allows users to capture and save fingerprint as an image file while biometric loginsecures the system from unauthorized usage.


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