Press release: Crossmatch, FlexEnable and ISORG Team Selected as Finalist in IARPA Nail to Nail Fingerprint Grand Challenge

29 August 2017

Cambridge (UK), 29 August, 2017 – FlexEnable, Crossmatch and ISORG have announced that their team has been selected as a finalist in the Nail-to-Nail Fingerprint Grand Challenge sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

FlexEnable, Crossmatch and ISORG have teamed up to develop a proof-of-concept automated capture technology that eliminates human operators from physically interacting with the subject and rolling the fingerprints, which is the current method employed by trained law enforcement personnel.

The current capture approach is susceptible to poor technique or training and can result in decreased print quality affecting the ability to identify live or latent fingerprints. The technology the team is developing will minimize, and potentially remove, the skilled operator from the equation.

The expected result is that the incorporation of rolled fingerprints in future biometric security solutions will be more feasible—and in the case of law enforcement and rolling of criminal fingerprints, will make the process safer.

“We are excited to have been selected as a finalist in the IARPA challenge,” noted Crossmatch VP of Optical Technologies Dr. Dan Raguin. “We feel that our research activities in this challenge showcase Crossmatch’s ability to identify promising technologies and partners for the advancement of biometric technology and solutions that may benefit our customers in the future.”

The Crossmatch team will present a prototype device in Washington, DC during the week of September 18. Winners will be announced sometime in Fall 2017.


About FlexEnable

FlexEnable has developed the world’s first flexible transistor technology platform, the key to truly flexible and cost-effective electronics over large and small surfaces. The core applications of this technology are glass-free, flexible displays and sensors that enable game-changing products across a variety of industries including consumer electronics, automotive, digital signage, wearables, medical and security. FlexEnable’s customers include OEMs, component manufacturers and materials suppliers. Information on the company’s partnering offerings, ProductEnable™, MaterialsEnable™ and FabEnable™ can be found on

About Crossmatch

Crossmatch® solutions solve security and identity management challenges for hundreds of millions of users around the world. Our proven DigitalPersona® Composite Authentication solution is designed to provide the optimal set of authentication factors to meet today’s unique risk requirements and afford complete enterprise authentication coverage. Crossmatch identity management solutions include trusted biometric identity management hardware and software that deliver the highest quality and performance required for critical applications. Our solutions support the financial, retail, commercial, government, law enforcement and military markets. With 300 employees and customers in more than 80 countries, Crossmatch sets the standard for innovation and reliability. Learn more:


Isorg is a pioneer company in printed electronics for large area photodetectors and image sensors. It offers a new generation of high-performance imagers capable of conforming and being integrated into products of arbitrary shapes. Isorg’s flexible image sensors have applications in medical devices, ID security, IoT and consumer electronics.


IARPA is an organization within the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence that invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs addressing the unique technological challenges faced by the Intelligence Community.