SimPrints wins £250,000 from Gates Foundation to develop fingerprint scanner

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

UK start-up SimPrints announced it has received a £250,000 grant in funding to develop a fingerprint scanner that some are calling a “game-changer” in global healthcare, according to Cambridge News.

The grant comes from Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Cambridge’s ARM has partially matched this grant with an additional US$150,000 in funding.

The Saving Lives at Birth challenge awards funding to the most promising technological advancements in combating maternal and neonatal mortality in the developing world.

The judges selected SimPrints biometric fingerprint scanner, which provides access to health records via fingerprint identification, resolving the ongoing issue of delivering mobile services within the healthcare sector in developing regions.

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