Jena - Digitizing the proof of identity with the use of biometric technologies was the topic for a visit by
the Minister of Economic Affairs Wolfgang Tiefensee at JENETRIC GmbH. Founded four years ago, the
Jena-based company specializes in fingerprinting with the highest standards of security combined with a user-friendly operation. The aim is to simplify the proof of identity process and provide it for everyone
at any time.
"The intuitive and simple operation of fingerprint scanners is a prerequisite for the digitization of many
business processes," explains Roberto Wolfer, one of the CEOs of JENETRIC. "For the first time our
products enable users to take high-quality fingerprints in self-service kiosk settings without the need of
guidance by officials."
The Minister of Economic Affairs was able to see for himself taking his fingerprints in a simulated border
control. "JENETRIC's fingerprint scanners are a real high-tech product and at the same time an important prerequisite for the digitization of public administrations in Thuringia," said Tiefensee. He can imagine, for example, that in the future these intelligent devices could be used in many public registration offices, where the technology can assist the staff to simplify the application process for passport applications.
Whether applying for passports, driver licenses, grant applications or submitting tax returns: Under the
keyword "e-Government" there are many national and international initiatives to automate these
processes through the use of biometrics without compromising security. "Germany is one of the
pioneers in the integration of fingerprints in passports and ID cards. Unfortunately, due to the lack of
infrastructure, the possibilities resulting from this have only been used to some extent to date. We are
pleased with the initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to advance digitization and IT security in
Thuringia," explains Roberto Wolfer.
In addition to the new possibilities of biometrics, current topics such as broadband expansion and the
simplification of grant applications were discussed during the Minister’s visit. The Thuringian state
government could be a pioneer in this field by completely digitizing the processes for applying for grants and thus speeding up the process. For the very dynamic and fast-growing biometrics industry, a fast processing time of funds is a prerequisite for short product development times. This is the only way
companies can keep up with international competition.