Zwipe integrates access biometric card with HID Global smart cards

February 12, 2015 - 

Biometric authentication firm Zwipe announced that it has integrated its patented on-card authentication technology into HID Global’s iCLASS smart cards and 125kHz ProxCard proximity cards.

The integration eliminates the need to add biometric readers to an existing HID Global iClass or Prox-based system, and therefore enabling HID Global to incorporate the Zwipe Access card into its existing systems.

“As the largest smart and proximity card provider in the world, HID Global has thousands of users who would like to upgrade to biometric authorization, but may not have the budget or the resources to invest in biometric readers,” said Robert Fee, director of sales of the Americas at Zwipe. “The Zwipe biometric card provides an easy, affordable option for security professionals to extend the use of their present card systems by adding biometrics for multi-factor, card-based authentication.”

Zwipe’s on-card authentication technology ensures that only the authorized cardholder can interface with the reader.

As a result, users will no longer have to lend or borrow ID badges to access buildings, university labs, hospital pharmacies, data centers or networks.

The biometric authentication technology also ensures that any issues associated with lost or stolen credentials are significantly reduced.

Zwipe’s on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology resides on the contactless smart card that uses an embedded HID Global 13.56MHz iCLASS or 125kHz Proximity transponder.

Additionally, the Zwipe biometric card can be used with MIFARE Classic and DESFIRE EV1.

Previously reported, Mastercard said it will soon release new credit cards that include an integrated biometric sensor and the Zwipe secure biometric authentication technology that holds the cardholder’s biometric data, throughout the United Kingdom.

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