Handheld Devices

Handheld Biometric Tablet

A handheld device is a rugged, easy to deploy and use biometric system that can accommodate a variety of biometric applications such as the EWS™ (Enrollment Workstation), VRS™ (Voter Registration Systems), BIS™ (Biometric Identification System), or any AFIS (Automatic Fingerprint Identification System), based on biometric fingerprint technology or facial recognition technology.

The tablet featured is the BM370 and is an example of an enrollment and identification/verification terminal used in a previous deployment. Another example is the BM640, which is a smaller terminal form factor used for verification and rapid identification both online and offline. Applications can be deployed on any Android™ device according to specification.

All handheld devices have the ability to perform offline verification using RFID cards with all of the biometric credentials of a person stored on the card. This extends the flexibility of the hand held platforms allowing them to operate in areas where wireless communication is not readily available.

Handheld Biometric Terminal

Why do I need it?

Who uses it?

Handheld devices are best deployed in areas where a lightweight, easy to carry and use system is desirable. They are also useful in areas where the communications and power infrastructure will not readily support a larger workstation. Offline verification utilizing contactless RFID cards permit these terminals to function without any need to connect to a centralized system. Handheld devices are ideal for organizations which require an economical, handheld, and lightweight solution which can be widely deployed across large geographical areas. They are used in a variety of both government and civil applications customized to work for those particular configurations.

Configuration Items

Handheld devices can be customized to allow for multi-modal enrollment (i.e. fingerprint, facial, etc.). At minimum, the handheld device is equipped with a high-resolution camera and a large fingerprint reader in order support accurate and easy enrollments. Below are some options that can also be deployed on handheld devices:

Supported Biometrics RFID Cameras Communications Power & Body
  • Fingerprint
  • Facial recognition
  • Contactless RFID cards
  • Front and rear facing high resolution cameras
  • LAN
  • WiFi
  • Cellular
  • Bluetooth
  • Long duration battery
  • Rugged housing

Additional Features

Due to the nature of a mobile system, the HH device can be made to utilize GeotTagging, GeoFencing, and Offline Enrollment capabilities.


GeoTagging is the embedding of location data when a record is created so as to be able to determine what the enrollment location was. This is especially useful in mobile client form factors since they will either be onsite or at a remote enrollment center.


GeoFencing is a feature that allows operation of a client in a particular geographical area. If the device is taken outside of the “fenced in” area, it does not accept enrollment.

Offline Enrollment

Offline Enrollment is also available for handheld devices. It provides the ability to allow hand held devices not connected to a network the ability to perform an offline enrollment while still using the same web-based application. This feature allows for operators to use a single application without the need to be concerned if there is an available data connection.

Offline RFID Card Verification

Offline RFID Cards, with all of a person's biometric information stored on the card, allow offline verification for handheld devices when either there is no data connection available or if it is not desired to have a terminal contact a remote server.