Mentalix Provides High-Speed Fingerprint Card Scans At Desktop Prices

Press Release
July 31, 2002


Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit™ Processes 150+ Cards An Hour with HP Scanjet® 7400C

PLANO, Texas — Mentalix, Inc. announces the release of a 21-second-per-card scanning solution in the company’s latest version of the Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit.  Available in Version 3.3 of the Toolkit, the FBI-certified software library runs on Windows XP/NT/2000® and supports the Hewlett-Packard Scanjet 7400C scanner.

The Scanjet 7400C sells for approximately $500.  Coupled with the Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit library, the scanner meets the image quality requirements for submitting ten-print cards to the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).  This software/hardware combination enables the user to scan over 150 cards per hour, and it can be scaled to meet various needs.  For instance, the system works for agencies that handle a large number of fingerprint cards as well as for companies that process lower volumes, but wish to use an economical desktop scanner.

“We know of no other system that offers certified card scanning at this speed for such an affordable price,” Paul Siegert, Mentalix president and CEO, said.  “Plus, the speed is beneficial not only to the high-volume market, but also to customers that just need to scan a few cards per day.  The price/performance trade-off with this solution makes it the preferred choice for general-purpose card scanning.”

The Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit allows integrators to provide fingerprint card and latent print scanning for users of Windows and UNIX® systems.  Features include support for non-U.S. fingerprint cards or for custom applications and a choice of several scanner/platform-specific libraries, each FBI-certified as IAFIS-compliant.  Libraries are available for 500 ppi card scans and 1000 ppi latent print scans.  The software works stand-alone, but can be enhanced with Mentalix’s other API products which provide FBI-certified WSQ compression, automated image cropping and color scanning for images such as mug shots.  Contact Mentalix for details.


Incorporated in 1987, Mentalix develops FBI-certified fingerprint acquisition solutions for both end users and systems integrators.  The company leads the industry with the most IAFIS-compliant fingerprint solutions, and its API products are used as key components in turnkey systems by many of the top biometric developers worldwide.  Mentalix targets custom, systems integration and off-the-shelf imaging solutions for Windows and a variety of UNIX systems.  Mentalix maintains its headquarters north of Dallas in Plano, Texas.

Mentalix and Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit are trademarks of Mentalix, Inc.  Windows is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Scanjet is a trademark or registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Company in the U.S. and/or other countries.  UNIX is a registered trademark.  All other trademarks acknowledged.

Press contact:
Alissa F. Payne
Mentalix, Inc.
(972) 423-9377 Ext. 124