The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a
licensing agreement with iPulse Systems, a South African company that
specialises in the design and manufacture of biometric solutions.
terms of the agreement, iPulse Systems will have access to the
CSIR-developed C++ fingerprint software development kit (SDK). The kit
comprises a collection of functions for performing various fingerprint
image processing operations such as extracting features from a
fingerprint image and comparing them with those of another to determine
if they match. The majority of the algorithms incorporated in the
fingerprint SDK were developed at the CSIR.
to similar products on the market, our software development kit gives
users access to low-level fingerprint features and is, thus, also
suitable for use as a research tool. It will empower system developers
to make customisations, currently not possible with existing offerings,
which will distinguish their products from those of competitors," says
Dick Mathekga, a senior researcher who leads biometrics research at the
"For example, in addition to a fingerprint class, our
classification function gives the location of singular points that are
used for classification. This information may be used by fingerprint
identification system developers to decrease the identification search
time by creating sub-classes within each fingerprint class, using the
distance between singular point locations," he explains.
describes the CSIR's fingerprint SDK as "the culmination of the
investment by the Department of Science and Technology into the
development of biometric competency in the country."
iPulse Systems' CEO, Gary Chalmers, this licensing agreement gives the
company the ability to design and build a uniquely African product that
can be specifically customised for the continent.
"This means we
can offer solutions that can be targeted at key industry sectors, such
as mining, where the labour force have specific issues relating to their
prints. Using the customisable features of this SDK, we can work with
our partners in these sectors to drive increased performance on our
devices," he says.
Brian Mphahlele, senior commercialisation
manager and lead negotiator at the CSIR on this deal, says: "iPulse
secured a royalty bearing non-exclusive know-how licence to commercially
exploit the CSIR-developed fingerprint processing software in
sub-Saharan Africa. This is part of the CSIR's strategy to provide
strategic independence to South African high-tech enterprises, by
reducing their dependence on foreign technology solutions suppliers."
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