Global ID relies on the excellence of the CSEM to develop the miniaturization of its scanner and to design a mobile version!

The 3D Finger vein scanner had already passed three stages of miniaturization and improvement in terms of design, comfort and engineering before this fourth and final decisive step, which takes place just before industrialization.

This complex miniaturization step requires the dual expertise of specialists in microtechnology and artificial intelligence to successfully integrate all biometric identification tools from finger veins into a small space, while protecting the privacy of identified people. The next version of the scanner will be the size of a smartphone by December 2019.

Even smaller? Global ID is already considering

miniaturizing the technology, so that it can be integrated into the next generation of smartphones by 2022.


To meet the requirements of NGOs with high mobility needs, Global ID is developing a mobile, off-road, robust version that can withstand other field constraints such as heat, humidity and dust.


EPFL's Laboratory for Security and Cryptography (LASEC) is involved at the beginning of this new generation of scanner in order to guarantee data protection.

"True to its mission of technology transfer, CSEM is delighted to make its skills in miniaturization and embedded vision systems available to meet this challenge and we will support Global ID in the product's industrialization phase," emphasizes Alain-Serge Porret, Director of Integrated and Wireless Systems Activities at CSEM.

Global ID is investing more than CHF 500,000 for this new development, which is necessary for further growth.

About CSEM—technologies that make the difference

CSEM, founded in 1984, is a Swiss research and development center (public-private partnership) specializing in microtechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, system engineering, photovoltaics and communication technologies. Around 450 highly qualified specialists from various scientific and technical disciplines work for CSEM in Neuchâtel, Zurich, Muttenz, Alpnach, and Landquart. Further information is available at

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Posted on

September 6, 2019


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