Identix Inc. said it has formed a strategic alliance with Motorola Inc. to develop fingerprint-based security systems using Motorola's advanced semiconductor chips.

The companies said they aim to set a fingerprint authentication standard that can work with personal computers and in wireless communications for electronic commerce and financial services functions, among others.

Indentix's IT division, the former Identicator Technology Inc., will combine its software with Motorola's semiconductor architecture.

"A simple fingerprint will replace the personal identification number or numeric code used today by millions of people to access information and devices," said Ray Burgess, vice president and general manager of Motorola's imaging and entertainment solutions. "Consumers should feel more confident and secure that their identities are protected.

"This alliance is the first implementation of our expert research and development in digital-image capture and represents an opportunity to use our Digital DNA technology to integrate biometric authentication systems across Motorola product lines."

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