Integrated Biometrics Providing 13,000 Watson Mini Fingerprint Scanners for Voter Registration in Brazil

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Integrated Biometrics, developers of the world’s smallest and lightest FBI-compliant fingerprint scanners, will be providing 13,000 + of its award-winning Watson Minis to help register and enroll eligible voters in Brazil and Brazilian consulate offices worldwide. The enrollment process will continue throughout 2015 with a goal of being completed by 2017. The fingerprint scanners are part of a biometric kit provided by Akiyama Soluções Tecnológicas (Akiyama), the exclusive distributor of Integrated Biometrics products in Brazil, which was recently selected by the country’s Tribunal Superior Eleitoral to service this voter registration project. The kit includes the necessary equipment and software to register and enroll voters and  is part of the country’s efforts to assure security and reduce potential for fraud. Biometric scanning of fingerprints is expected to be required in future elections.


“It’s incredibly rewarding to know that our hard work in developing industry leading enrollment and verification fingerprint sensors for solution providers like Akiyama is contributing to something as important as elections in democratic countries,” Steve Thies, Integrated Biometrics CEO said.

Akiyama is a digital identification market leader which is held in high regard within Brazil’s biometrics community, providing and developing biometric enrollment, authentication, and recognition solutions for government institutions as well as banking and commercial sector industries.

The Watson Mini is the world’s smallest FBI Appendix F Certified two-finger roll scanner complete with a full featured software development kit and seamless, quick integration features. The device utilizes Integrated Biometrics’ patented LES (Light Emitting Sensor) Technology making it smaller and more durable than other two-finger roll scan mobile biometric fingerprint readers on the market.

Brazil has been at the forefront of the electronic voting movement since the late 1990’s, and became the first country to have elections by an electronic voting system in 2000. Voter verifiability is one of the main security issues, with movement toward developing convenient, mobile voter ID systems to reach rural areas. This push is being seen in other countries around the world, including even here in the U.S.; Lawerence Denney, the newly elected Secretary of State in Idaho, has been quoted on the record as wanting to enhance the security of the election process using new technology that scans fingerprints.

“One of the strongest drivers in our industry is the move toward mobile solutions as smartphones, apps on phones, and cloud-based solutions have made everything mobile. We are seeing this reflected in the push for voter registration internationally,” Thies explained, adding, “In places like Brazil, South America, Africa where rural voters have limited or no means of getting to a central place to register and cast their ballot, mobile biometrics technology can bring the voting process to them.”

Integrated Biometrics provides enrollment and verification fingerprint sensors to hardware integrators, software and database providers, and contractors serving government agencies and commercial markets worldwide to address issues related to homeland security, border patrol, law enforcement, background checks, military and defense, social services, national ID programs and elections. The company’s fingerprint solutions work in direct sunlight on dry or moist fingers, resist abrasion, and are 90-95% smaller and lighter than optical scanners.

For more information visit www.integratedbiometrics.com.

About Integrated Biometrics
Integrated Biometrics provides enrollment and verification fingerprint sensors to hardware integrators, software and database providers, and contractors serving government agencies and commercial markets worldwide. More ideal for mobile environments than traditional silicon or optical sensors, Integrated Biometrics FBI-certified fingerprint sensors utilize our durable, patented light emitting sensor (LES) film and work in direct sunlight on dry or moist fingers, resist abrasion, and are 90-95% smaller and lighter than optical scanners. Integrated Biometrics offers the only Appendix F FBI-certified sensor that meets mobility requirements demanded by end users, solving the major problems of size, speed, accuracy and durability. Find out more online at www.integratedbiometrics.com.

About Akiyama
Akiyama is a benchmark in the development and implementation of technology solutions related to biometric identification in Brazil aimed to assess most security projects in civil and criminal identification. Akiyama seeks to provide solutions that perfectly meet the expected needs of their clients. Akiyama  is a company  with 100% national capital, headquartered in Curitiba / PR , and is a market leader in Brazil in digital identification, providing and developing solutions for government institutions and authorities, banking and commercial sector industries, advancing technology solutions for civil and criminal biometric enrollment, authentication, biometrics for personal recognition, and registration and validation of documents. The quality of the solutions developed by Akiyama is proven by the customers who use them, such as the TSE (Supreme Electoral Tribunal), Ministry of Sports, Departments of Public Safety, Caixa Economica, Federal Institutes of identification, large prisons, among others. Find out more at http://akiyama.com.br