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.
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.
Asia and Africa
Simprints has several partners to distribute the fingerprint scanner:
– Johns Hopkins University
– Possible in Nepal
– Impact Network
– Many more
$50 USD for the biometric scanner Simprints Value Dossier
Simprints does not publish costs of the subscription to the SaaS application.
Simprints publishes their API codebase on GitHub.
Information on partnering with Simprints is available on their contact page.
According to the Google Play store the Simprints application has 100-500 installs.
Simprints’ framework consists of three primary parts, the fingerprint scanner, Android application, and the SaaS back end. The developers page has detailed information on the integration of the platform with other applications.
– The fingerprint scanner is designed to be water and shock resistant. It has Bluetooth connectivity with 64-bit encryption for communication and has ~72 hours of battery life (BL-5C Nokia battery) which is about 200 scans. It also has a two year warranty on the scanner with the option to extend it to four years.
– The Simprints Android application is supported on Android 4.0 and up. It uses SSL encryption between the phone application and the cloud. It supports offline mode and will store information locally until it can sync up with the cloud. The application will also utilized the GPS of the phone to determine location and time stamp of a a visit or procedure.
– The cloud back end runs in Azure and utilizes a RESTful API, making it easy to integrate with other applications, such as OpenMRS, ODK, CommCare, etc. In addition to the in transit encryption, personal data are not stored with the fingerprints, limiting privacy concerns.
From the product menu technical support is provided by Simprints. Purchase of product includes either a two or four year warranty.
BL-5C Nokia battery.
From the product menu, the product has a 4 year warranty available, so that is a reasonable number for a life cycle.
To provide a low cost biometric identification framework to enable development projects to better mange identities of the populations they serve
From their technology page:
“We have tested Simprints with 125,000 fingerprints across Zambia, Benin, Nepal, and Bangladesh in both urban and rural contexts. We pitted a wide range of sensors, templates, and matching algorithms against the toughest fingerprints we could find to optimize our system in terms of power, speed, ruggedness, and affordability.”
BRAC University of Cambridge
- Storisteanu DML, Norman TL, Grigore A, Norman TL. Biometric Fingerprint System to Enable Rapid and Accurate Identification of Beneficiaries. Global Health: Science and Practice. 2015;3(1):135–137.
- Storisteanu DM, Norman TL, Grigore A, Labrique AB. Can biometrics beat the developing worlds challenges? Biometric Technology Today. 2016;2016(11):5–9.
Field trials and academic research
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