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Bird unveils fingerprint cellphones for e-dealings

China's Bird will launch a cellphone with an inexpensive fingerprint verification system which will allow Net-based e-transactions.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Beijing
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2005 12:13 PM IST

One of China's leading mobile phone manufacturers will launch the country's first cell phone with an inexpensive fingerprint verification system which will allow Internet-based e-transactions.

Bird, one of the top 10 mobile producers in the world in 2004, bought the technology from a research team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Automation.

"Fingerprint verification is the safest and most convenient technology in biological verification. With a soft thumb touch on the mobile's screen, the user can activate the main menu of the mobile," said CAS academician and a senior scientist of the CAS institute, Dai Ruwei.

"The 'fingerpass' mobiles could be widely used for e-banking, e-commerce and other new forms of Internet-based transactions," Dai said, according to a Xinuha  report.

Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), who was in the national appraisal expert team, Ni Guangnan said the mobile could compete with other advanced products of the global brands.

The deputy general manager of Bird, Jin Guangtao said that the new technology would cost about only 50 yuan (about $6).

The company would begin equipping most of its high-end products with the technology this year, the report said.

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