Zwipe deploys biometric card system at Norwegian law firm

January 30, 2014 - 

Zwipe has announced that Simonsen VogtWiig, a law firm located in the middle of Oslo, Norway, has deployed Zwipe biometric cards for managing access to doors and printers.

“I am using the Zwipe access control card every day for opening doors and using printers at our premises,” Espen Tondel, partner at Simonsen VogtWiig said. “The fingerprint gives a high security and since there is no PIN to remember, it is also very easy to use.”

According to Zwipe, fingerprint data is captured by an on-card fingerprint scanner and is encrypted and stored inside the card. There is no exchange of data with external systems. When a positive match occurs, the Zwipe biometric card activates encrypted communication with the lock or reader in the same way as other ISO 14443 contactless smart cards.

According to a recently-published report, the overall electronic access control systems market has recovered post recessions and is showing promising growth, owed largely to renewed interest in card-based security projects. The overall market is set to reach $16.3 billion by 2017, growing at a CAGR of 7%. 

The company has also announced that it will launch its new, next-generation biometric card at the ISC West Exhibition, set to take place in Las Vegas April 2-4.

Reported previously in, in December 2013, Zwipe announced an integration with Fingerprint Cards for an access control card with an embedded sensor.

Also in December, Zwipe announced that it had raised an additional $3.5 million in Series A funding.

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