Santa Clara-based SecuGen Corporation has released a new water resistant compact optical fingerprint sensor. The U20-WR is FAP 20 Mobile ID and PIV certified, and SecuGen says that the addition of a water -resistant capability makes manufacturing an IP65-rated fingerprint enabled device easier.Dan Riley, Vice President of Engineering for SecuGen said, “Our engineering team did an amazing job in the initial creation of a sensor that is very small yet meets the rigorous FAP 20 Mobile ID and PIV specifications. Now our team has made an important incremental improvement, water resistance.”Won Lee, CEO of SecuGen added, “We are very pleased about the release of the U20-WR. The small size has to be seen to be appreciated. Water resistance was a response to input from our partners. We are always looking for ways to provide our partners with state of the art products and tools. We are very pleased to be able add water resistance to this compact and high quality fingerprint.”Last December, SecuGen released a dual mode, mobile biometric device that combines a contactless smartcard reader with an optical fingerprint reader. The Hamster Pro Duo/CL was designed for projects such as national ID programs that require a contactless smartcard to store a fingerprint template, said the firm.