Simprints is a nonprofit tech company from the University of Cambridge that seeks to break the identification bottleneck. Simprints is building an affordable, secure, rugged, open-source fingerprint system that works in the world’s toughest settings.

Product description Brand name and product description

Simprints has built out a framework consisting of a Bluetooth finger print scanner, an android application and a SaaS application to collect and store biometric information for development solutions.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Asia and Africa

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Simprints has several partners to distribute the fingerprint scanner:


– Johns Hopkins University

– Possible in Nepal

– Impact Network

– Cohesu

– Many more

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

$50 USD for the biometric scanner Simprints Value Dossier

Simprints does not publish costs of the subscription to the SaaS application.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

– NEC Advanced Recognition Systems

– RightPatient

– LifeMed

– Traditional identification cards

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Depending on the application almost all of the development goals apply.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Governments, NGOs

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