Sonavation Announces Their Next Technology Breakthrough: SonicTouch™ Ultrasound Biometric Authentication Solution

Sonavation Announces Their Next Technology Breakthrough: SonicTouch™ Ultrasound Biometric Authentication Solution

Unparalleled Innovation Advances Secure Authentication for Mobile and IoT

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – November 30, 2015 – Sonavation, the pioneer in ultrasound biometric technology and the first to develop and successfully bond an ultrasound biometric sensor to device protective glass, today announces another major industry innovation – SonicTouch™.  SonicTouch is the most advanced authentication solution for digital and device security. It is a FIDO-ready ultrasound biometric authenticator system-in-package module that is uniquely designed to deliver the next generation of identity security and ease of integration into mobile and IoT devices.  Sonavation is currently finalizing design-in specifications and launch schedules with three global tier one mobile device manufacturers.

By 2020, biometric technology is expected to secure $5.6T in mobile payment transactions and it is estimated that there will be more than 25B internet connected devices. Consumers and companies demand the highest level of assurance in protecting their identity, personal data and digital transactions. SonicTouch was engineered for an unrivaled experience that empowers trust and delivers peace of mind with one touch.

With its Match-In-Sensor architecturally flexible design, SonicTouch is a dramatic advancement in trustworthy authentication. Incorporating the Sonavation 3D ultrasound sensor, SonicTouch is the industry’s first full-stack solution with the highest level end-to-end encryption architecture that provides a fully encapsulated locked-down module. Combined with upgradable anti-spoofing and Level 3+ matching systems, secure transaction platforms can be deployed by mobile and IoT device manufacturers, mobile network operators and application developers.

With SonicTouch, a user’s singularly unique acoustic fingerprint signature is captured, encrypted and never leaves the device. SonicTouch demonstrates the highest accuracy extract and match and allows authentication despite moisture, dirt or lotion that might be present on a user’s finger. Because device protective glass integrity is of utmost importance, SonicTouch was purposefully designed to eliminate the need to etch out or cut into the protective display glass, thus keeping the full strength of the glass intact. For device manufacturers, this is a critical element to reducing device costs while providing a positive end-user experience.

Karl Weintz, Sonavation chief executive officer, said: “The digital and connected world is at our doorstep and is already beginning to touch every aspect of life. This makes biometric security a critical component and evolving authority that demands our attention. The ultra-thin SonicTouch is the comprehensive advancement that will enable the most secure authentication solution for manufacturers. Those looking to deliver secure solutions with a protected touch sensor or touch-under-cover sensor can now guarantee biometrics are easily integrated and convenient to provide a great user experience with cutting-edge authentication options.”

Dr. Rainer Schmitt, Sonavation chief technology officer and distinguished innovative leader in ultrasound technologies added: “The high frequency ultrasound technology deployed in SonicTouch provides high resolution imaging utilizing acoustic impediography. The difference of acoustic properties in the fingerprint structure of ridges and valleys is at least two orders of magnitude higher than those of optical and capacitive fingerprint imaging methods. This makes acoustic impediography simple and robust, while providing the means for through glass fingerprinting.”

By empowering OEMs with this easily deployable technology, Sonavation aims to broaden the proliferation of biometric technology, ultimately increasing the security on mobile and IoT devices.

SonicTouch will bring fingerprint scanning to any mobile or ‘Internet of Things’ device

Sonavation — the company behind smartphone glass with built-in fingerprint sensing technology — is finalizing details for SonicTouch, a biometric system-in-package for mobile devices as well as the Internet of Things (IoT).

The package contains will all the necessary components for implementing biometric authentication, including the 3D ultrasound sensor Sonavation is already working on for display glass. It will also be FIDO compliant.

SonicTouch will take a user’s fingerprint, then authenticate it on the device using a proprietary algorithm (or an existing one) and secure microprocessor without the need to relay info back to a cloud server. Because it’s a system-in-package, SonicTouch can potentially be integrated into a device without altering its existing design, or used as a standalone piece to a larger network (if you wanted a fingerprint authentication module for a connected home, for instance).

Its 3D Touch technology, which captures fingerprints using ultrasound rather than physically reading a finger, also means it can be used under surface glass (Sonavation says SonicTouch can read fingerprints through 700um Gorilla Glass).

Sonavation isn’t detailing when SonicTouch will be made available on a large scale, but says it’s currently working with three “global tier one” device manufacturers to integrate it into future hardware. The company is also launching a developer program for SonicTouch in Q1 2016.

Startup embeds fingerprint scanner in smartphone display glass

Security is an ongoing enterprise concern when it comes to mobile devices in the enterprise. A device can be lost or stolen, and the person who ends up with the device, whether by luck or malicious intent, could gain access to corporate secrets and other valuable corporate assets.

One approach to ensuring only the legitimate owner of the device is using it is to have a fingerprint scanner built into the mobile. Of course, this feature is only available on certain phones, such as the iPhone 5S and later models.

Source: Sonavation

But startup Sonavation promises to build the fingerprint scanner right into a phone's glass and make it available for mobile devices or even Internet of Things devices. Sonavation uses 3D ultrasound sensors to capture fingerprint characteristics, such as ridges, valleys and pores.

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The company is putting the final touches on its SonicTouch biometric system-in-package module for mobile and IoT devices, which it expects to launch soon with three major mobile device manufacturers.

Using SonicTouch, a user's acoustic fingerprint signature is captured, encrypted and retained on the device. SonicTouch allows authentication despite moisture, dirt or lotion that might be present on a user's finger.

"The high frequency ultrasound technology deployed in SonicTouch provides high resolution imaging utilizing acoustic impediography," explained Rainer Schmitt, Sonavation chief technology officer, in a statement. "The difference of acoustic properties in the fingerprint structure of ridges and valleys is at least two orders of magnitude higher than those of optical and capacitive fingerprint imaging methods," he added.

SonicTouch Fingerprint Scanning Technology To Be Available For Cell Phones And Internet Of Things Devices

Sonavation has already infused its fingerprint sensor technology into Gorilla Glass.

Now, according to the Next Web, the company is in the final stages of bringing its SonicTouch biometric system-in-package for cell phones and Internet of Things devices.

The Next Web says this system-in-package will contain everything that's needed for users to incorporate biometric validation — including a 3D ultrasound sensor and integrated display glass. As of press time, though, there isn't an exact release date of impact, but the company vows it will be in the near future.

Having that in one package will allow people to authenticate their cell phones or tablets using SonicTouch's fingerprint scanning algorithm, resulting in a more secure system. The Next Web also mentions that the secure microprocessor will do away with the need to relay information back to the device's cloud server as well.

In addition, because it's a system-in-package, SonicTouch won't affect a mobile device or any IoT device's design with its use.

What separates SonicTouch's 3D Touch technology from that of competitors in the fingerprint scanning space is it uses ultrasound to read fingerprints instead of physically reading them the way others do. The ultrasound is what enables the technology to work under surface glass, as seen with the 700 um Gorilla Glass.

In the past, the Sonavation has boasted its technology to offer "virtually unspoofable authentication."

"What we try to do is to make this a secure method of identification and this, I think, has not been achieved anywhere else," said Dr. Rainer Schmitt, chief technology officer of Sonavation, during the company's clip on its biometric sensor last fall.


The Thinnest Fingerprint Sensor Around(2009.3.25)

A Security/Bioemtrics Vendor has apparently just come out with what is believed to be the thinnest Fingerprint Sensor available on the Market today. The Fingerprint Sensor on a Biometric Device is what captures the unique images of the Fingerprint, and the End User actually has to make contact with the Sensor.

The Security/Biometrics Vendor is known as "Sonavation, Inc.", and the Fingerprint Sensor is called "Sonic Slide STS 3000". It as thick or as thin (well, depending on you examine it) of a First Class Mailing Stamp. What is unique about this Product is that it uses Ultrasound Technology to capture the unique images of the Fingerprint. Traditionally, it is Optical Sensor Technology which is used in Fingerprint Recognition Devices today. A major problem with this latter Technology is that it is very much prone to Contaminants and Debris from the Fingerprint, which can cause damage to the Optical Sensor over a period of time. Also, there are problems with Electrostatic Discharge (imagine you are barefoot on a carpet, you rub your foot, and touch your finger on a doorknob and a feel a very quick shock-this is the same effect which can happen on the Optical Sensor of Fingerprint Recognition Device). Apparently, this Product helps to reduce the effects of Electrostatic Discharge, and as a result, it can handle 10,000,000+ Fingerprint touches.

The Technical Details of this Product are just as fascinating. For example, " . . . the SonicSlide STS3000 uses ultrasound principles similar to those used in medical applications, enabling it to achieve far greater accuracy of fingerprint images than available through DC or RF capacitive silicon sensors. Additionally, unlike silicon-based sensors that may be damaged through electrostatic discharge (ESD), the SonicSlide STS3000 is based on composite ceramic MEMS technology, which is not affected by ESD. It combines this Micro-Electro Machine Systems technology with advanced polymers to deliver very high resolution fingerprint images at very low cost . . . All of these components are integrated into a single package about 35 mm in length by 14.5 mm wide with a thickness of only 0.25 mm. The sensing element alone is only 3 mm in length by 14 mm wide by 0.1 mm thick . . . [and] 256 shades of gray to form the images of ridges and valleys of the fingerprint [can be registered]". (SOURCE:

Final Thoughts on Today’s Posting

As much as Technology in all forms are getting extremely small (especially in the Wireless and PC Markets), so it seems that Biometric Technologies are also getting more miniature in size. To me, it will be very interesting to see how this New Trend unfolds. Could this new Product be the Catalyst? only time will tell. To be honest, this is the first time I have heard of any kind of Biometric Technology to be so small and miniature in size.

Also, this breakthrough in small size could prove to be a Boon for the Wireless Technologies Markets and its related Applications. Take the example of Cellular Phones. Many of them are coming out now with some sort of Fingerprint Recognition Device on them for added Security, and as far as I know, they use Optical Recognition Technology. Although the Devices are rugged, the Technology is still very sensitive, and any small bit of Particle or Debris can cause some serious damage to the Optical Sensor, or as mentioned before, even Electrostatic Discharge can cause some grave damage. By using Ultrasound Technology this small, these problems should be greatly alleviated, and as a result, make that layer of Protection and Security on the Cellular Phone that much better and even more powerful.

In fact, it seems like the Vendor is already tapping into this, for example, "The SonicSlide STS3000 integrates the necessary software and device drivers to be compatible with significant mobile hardware platforms and offers compatibility with the Symbian, Microsoft Windows Mobile, and Android mobile operating systems." (SOURCE:

In my opinion, I think such small sized and miniature Biometric Technologies will work best for Single Sign Solutions, but not so much for Physical Access Entry Applications where a full image of the Hand, the Iris, or the Face is needed in order to capture the unique Images of each respective Biological Component, in order to Reliable and Accurate Enrollment and Verification Biometric Templates.

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Sonavation Signs Electronics Distributor Lacewood International for Sales, Support for Family of Biometric Fingerprint Sensors

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.--()--SonavationTM, Inc., the designer of the biometrics industry’s thinnest and most durable fingerprint sensor, today announced it has signed Lacewood International Co., Hong Kong, to handle sales and support for its recently announced SonicSlideTM STS3000 fingerprint sensor and for future product releases. The SonicSlide STS3000 is the first biometric fingerprint sensor to use solid-state ultrasound technology.

“Signing a leading electronics distributor like Lacewood International shows that Sonavation is a serious contender in the biometrics industry”

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The revolutionary SonicSlide STS3000 is the biometrics industry’s thinnest fingerprint sensor, which offers superior accuracy and durability compared to currently available fingerprint sensors. Constructed from polymers similar to those used in wings of commercial aircraft, the SonicSlide STS3000 delivers unparalleled durability. Based on ultrasound technology, comparable to that used in medical applications, this sensor delivers an accuracy level beyond that of its competition.

“Signing a leading electronics distributor like Lacewood International shows that Sonavation is a serious contender in the biometrics industry,” said Steve Mansfield, Sonavation President and COO. “Lacewood International’s expertise in sales and technical consultation will enable Sonavation to provide exceptional customer support throughout the Hong Kong and China markets.”

“We are delighted to have this arrangement with Sonavation,” said Simon Liu, president of Lacewood International. “As a leading distributor offering both sales and technical expertise, Lacewood is able to provide Sonavation with exposure to the major electronics manufacturers. Lacewood’s expertise in this market will help Sonavation become a prominent participant in the industry.”

In addition to Lacewood International, Sonavation also has signed four other key electronics distributors to handle sales and support in other parts of Asia. The international distributors under contract with Sonavation and their respective locations are as follows:

  • Hongtech Electronics Co., Ltd., Taiwan;
  • Internix, Inc., Japan;
  • NEL Group Ltd., Singapore;
  • Multiwave Co., Ltd., Korea.

Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sonavation designs and manufactures biometrics fingerprint sensors providing ultrasonic identity and life solutions for consumer electronics. Sold to OEMs and ODMs for integration into PCs, mobile phones and other electronic devices, the Sonavation product line is designed to replace passwords and PINs and secure applications data and enable a variety of applications including financial processing, transactions and authentication. Sonavation is committed to perfecting biometric sensor technology in order to deliver fingerprint sensors with the highest level of accuracy, durability and reliability. For more information, please visit

소너베이션, 생체인식업계에서 가장 얇고 내구성이 뛰어난 지문인식 센서 출시

【팜비치가든(미 플로리다 주)=BW/뉴시스】소너베이션(Sonavation™, Inc.)은 생체인식업계에서 가장 얇고 내구성이 뛰어나며 정밀한 무선 및 스마트카드용 지문인식 센서의 출시를 24일 발표했다. 신규 출시된 소닉슬라이드 STS3000(SonicSlide™ STS3000)는 우표 두께이며, 비행기 날개에 사용된 수지로 만들어져 기존 센서 대비 내구성이 월등하다.

소닉슬라이드 STS3000은 특허등록된 소닉터치(SonicTouch™) 기술에 기반하며, 소닉터치 기술은 의료기기에 사용되는 초음파를 활용, 지문인식 영상을 대폭 개선했다. 해당 센서는 반도체가 아니므로 반도체 기반 센서를 노트북, 휴대폰, 기타 소비자 가전제품에 장착하는 데 장애가 되었던 정전기 방출 문제로부터 자유롭다. 소닉슬라이드 STS3000은 1000만 회의 지문인식 수명을 자랑하며 전력 소비량이 적어 생체인식업계가 아직 진출하지 못한 다수 애플리케이션에 활용될 수 있다.

소너베이션의 테드 존슨(Ted Johnson) 회장 겸 최고경영자는 "소너베이션은 훨씬 저렴한 가격으로 향상된 품질과 신뢰성을 제공해 업계를 선도하는 새로운 생체인식 기술을 개발해왔다. 비교적 짧은 시간에 혁신적인 기술을 개발, 출시했다는 것은 소너베이션의 경영진이 생체인식 시장에 대해 깊은 통찰력을 갖고 있다는 사실을 입증한다."고 밝혔다.

생체인식은 지문 등 생체의 특징을 활용해 휴대폰, PC, 기타 소비자 가전제품의 정보를 보호하고 금융거래 및 기타 애플리케이션을 가능케 한다.

소너베이션의 스티브 맨스필드(Steve Mansfield) 사장 겸 최고운영책임자는 "소닉슬라이드 STS3000은 업계에서 기술적으로 가장 발전된 지문인식 센서다. 소너베이션은 수십억 달러 규모의 금융거래업계 및 11억 대 규모의 휴대폰 시장을 선도하기에 유리한 위치를 점하고 있다. 소닉슬라이드 STS3000은 기존 지문인식 센서로는 지원할 수 없었던 다수의 애플리케이션에 활용될 수 있다."고 말했다.

▲ 소닉터치 기술, 최고의 정확성 및 내구성 구현소닉슬라이드 STS3000은 소닉터치 기술에 기반, 의료기기에 사용되는 초음파를 활용, DC나 RF 실리콘 센서 대비 지문인식 영상의 정확도를 대폭 높였다. 정전기를 방출해 손상될 수 있는 실리콘 기반 센서와 달리 소닉슬라이드 STS3000은 합성 세라믹 마이크로전자기계(MEMS) 기술에 기반하므로 정전기 방출 문제로부터 자유롭다. 소닉슬라이드 STS3000은 MEMS 기술을 첨단 수지에 적용해 초저가에 매우 높은 해상도의 지문인식 영상을 재현한다.

지문인식 센서 모듈은 세라믹 MEMS 압전 트랜스듀서 및 첨단 수지에 실리콘 영상 ASIC을 통합한 것으로, 모든 부속품이 길이 35mm, 폭 14.5mm의 단일 패키지에 장착되어 있으며 두께는 겨우 0.25mm다. 인식 부품의 제원은 길이 3mm, 폭 14mm, 두께 0.1mm다. 센서의 핵심 영상 부품은 세라믹 MEMS 압전 트랜스듀서로, 세라믹 재질로 만들어졌다. 해당 재질은 머리카락 두께의 10분의 1인 돌기로 이루어져 있으며, 이 돌기는 전기력이 가해지면 진동하는 독특한 성질을 보인다. 이 진동으로 256가지 회색으로 이루어진 지문 영상이 표현된다. 이는 반도체 기반 센서를 포함해 대부분의 타 센서 기술이 구현할 수 없는 정확도를 보장한다.

SonicSlide STS3000는 거의 모든 휴대폰 플랫폼과 쉽게 통합될 수 있도록 ZIF 접속단자를 활용해 설계되었다. SonicSlide STS3000은 주요 휴대폰 플랫폼과의 호환성을 확보하기 위해 필요한 소프트웨어 및 드라이버를 지원하며, 심비안(Symbian™), 마이크로소프트 윈도우 모바일(Microsoft(R) Windows Mobile™), 안드로이드(Android) 모바일 운영체계와 호환된다. 현재 한정판 샘플이 제공된다.

▲ 소너베이션에 대하여미 플로리다 주 팜비치가든에 본사가 있는 소너베이션은 소비자 가전제품용 초음파 신분확인 및 생체 솔루션을 제공하는 지문인식 센서를 설계 및 제조한다. 소너베이션의 제품은 주문자상표생산 및 제조자설계생산을 통해 PC, 휴대폰, 기타 전자제품에 장착돼 암호를 대체하고 애플리케이션 데이터를 보호하며 금융결제 및 인증 등 다수의 애플리케이션에 활용된다. 소너베이션은 지문인식 센서가 최고 수준의 정확성, 내구성, 신뢰성을 갖출 수 있도록 생체인식 센서 기술의 향상에 매진하고 있다. 상세정보는 http://www.sonavation.com에서 찾아볼 수 있다.

소닉터치 및 소닉슬라이드는 소너베이션의 등록상표다. 심비안은 심비안 소프트웨어의 등록상표다. 마이크로소프트는 마이크로소프트 코퍼레이션의 등록상표다. 사진 및 멀티미디어는 & lang=en에서 찾아볼 수 있다.

[본 기사자료는 해당 기업에서 원하는 언어로 작성한 원문을 한국어로 번역한 것이다. 그러므로 번역문의 정확한 사실 확인을 위해서는 원문 대조 절차를 거쳐야 한다. 처음 작성된 원문만이 공식적인 효력을 갖는 발표로 인정되며 모든 법적 책임은 원문에 한해 유효하다.]

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