FPC debuts its own contactless card solution, posts video demos

April 3, 2017 - 

Fingerprints Cards (FPC) has developed its own smart card that integrates its new ultra-thin fingerprint touch sensors for smart cards, FPC1300 series.

Released in December, FPC1320 is designed to be used for initial evaluation while the smaller footprint of FPC1321 enables it to be seamlessly integrated into smart card designs as well as ensures a lower current consumption during image capture.

Several customers and strategic partners have built cards integrating the FPC1300 sensors, some of which are already available on the market.

FPC’s new contactless demo card uses the power generated by the POS terminal (harvesting the NFC field), eliminating the need for a battery.

The company has also designed solutions for battery powered contactless cards as well as traditional payment cards, in which the card is inserted into the card reader.

FPC recently posted video demonstrations of these solutions in which its product manager explains to viewers how to use the company’s smart card with contact chip, contactless smart card without a battery, and contactless smart card with a battery, along with its smart card demonstration at Mobile World Congress 2017.

As with all solutions from FPC, the FPC1300 series deliver best-in-class biometric performance and low power consumption that makes it possible to run the fingerprint system solely on the power generated by the contactless card reader.

FPC customers Zwipe and Kona-I recently launched products featuring sensors from the FPC1300 series, which include signature features such as FPC OneTouch for fast wake-up authentication and FPC 360Touch that analyzes the fingerprint from any angle.

Previously reported, Fingerprint Cards (FPC) released its annual report (PDF) for 2016, which saw its best year ever with SEK 6638.3 (US$743 million) in revenues, amounting to a 129 percent increase over its revenues of SEK 2.901 billion (US$356.6 million) in 2015.

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