Biometric tech company appoints chief innovation officer

A disruptive fingerprint technology company based in North Wales has appointed a chief innovation officer to accelerate product development and growth.

Rob Van Lier has joined St Asaph-based digital business Touch Biometrix, which has been recognised as one of the world’s leading fingerprint sensing companies alongside Apple.

He is the firm’s latest senior appointment, with Eric Derckx joining as chief technology officer earlier this year. Founded by Dr Mike Cowin in 2017, Touch Biometric is on a mission to become a top-five fingerprint sensor supplier by 2023.

Dr Cowin said: “We are delighted to have been able to recruit someone of Rob’s calibre. His is one of the world’s leading system architects for all display technologies with a proven global track record.

“Rob will play a key role for Touch Biometrix in enabling us to quickly realise our first minimum viable product.”

Having held a range of senior product development and engineering roles across the years, Van Lier has worked for the likes of Qualcomm, Philips and Amazon.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining Mike and the rest of the Touch Biometrix team at such an exciting stage in the company’s development. I look forward to playing a key part in helping the company to develop its first minimum viable product.”

Touch Biometrix is representing Wales in the lucrative fingerprint sensing market, which is predicted to grow from $4.25 billion in 2018 to $8.8 billion by 2023.

This growth is being driven by increasing demand for mobile payment services. Research suggests that biometrics will be a standard feature for 90 per cent of mobile devices by 2020.

“We are developing technology that will disrupt the fingerprint sensing industry and vastly improve the user authentication experience and its level of security – completely eliminating the need for passwords when using smartphones, computers and all manner of smart objects,” added Dr Cowin.