French Casino Group piloting MeReal Biometrics smartcard

November 4, 2016 - 

Groupe Partouche, France’s leading casino and hotel group, has partnered with MeReal Biometrics for a real-world testing and case study of MeReal Biometrics’ fingerprint secured smartcards. The initial test will take place in two of the group’s 42 casino and hotel properties.

The roll-out began at Groupe Partouche headquarters in Paris where the patented fingerprint card is used by employees to access secure areas. The card will also be deployed at two casinos on the French Riviera in the first quarter of 2017. Employees at the Casino La Ciotat and Casino Juan Les Pins will use the cards as identity badges that will grant them access to the properties and secure areas within them.

Security through electronic access control is the immediate focus of the pilot project and if successful will pave the way towards a ‘closed loop’ system with all regular guests and 4500 employees using MeReal Biometrics cards to perform a wide range of payment applications and physical and logical access applications .

“The fingerprint sensor brings trust and security to the Groupe Partouche experience, a key component to our core values. The identity of our employees is paramount and top customer service is key to our success,” commented Fabrice Paire, Chairman of the Board, Group Partouche. “Once tested and deployed, we hope to add more services to the MeReal Biometrics card in order to make our hotel and casino VIPs’ experiences with us as safe and carefree as possible.”

The MeReal Biometrics patented smartcard combines a fingerprint sensor, an acoustic signature and a rechargeable battery on a traditional wallet-sized card that can be used for payments and access control across all industries with unlimited applications.

“If, with one of our cards, a guest in the future can book and pay for a hotel room on the group’s app or reservations hotline, then on arrival they bypass the hotel’s check-in desk and go directly to their room entering with their smart card, then use stored value on their card to pay for services throughout the property, as well as use it to access secure areas like the gaming rooms, pool, gymnasium, spa, even their rental cars, then we will have helped Groupe Partouche deliver a new level of customer service not known in the tourism industry,” said Kate Davies, Head of Marketing, MeReal Biometrics.

MeReal Biometrics is showcasing the card at next week’s Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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