IDEX, IDEMIA collaborate on scalable contactless biometric card solutions

IDEX has revealed its continued development of end-to-end biometric solutions for payment cards with IDEMIA.

Last year, IDEX first announced it was working with Safran Identity & Security (Morpho) in November 2016 to commercialize the first mass deployable biometric smart cards. Since then, OT and Safran’s Morpho business came together to become IDEMIA.

The partnership has resulted in the completion of several end-user trials of next generation biometric cards with a leading payment provider. The success of these real-world trials has led to a significant increase in customer interest as well as progress toward an expected commercial program roll-out in early 2018.

“We are very excited to be expanding our partnership with IDEMIA to include contactless card solutions, as well as further innovative solutions for the benefit of increased consumer convenience,” says Dr Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX. “Together with IDEMIA, we can deliver complete biometric solutions to meet the growing market demand.”

Similar to the contact card solution utilized in recent trials, the contactless solution allows for a bendable ISO-compliant card that is compliant with standard manufacturing processes, while delivering exceptional biometric performance without the need for an internal power source.

IDEX and IDEMIA will showcase joint solutions for biometric cards at TRUSTECH 2017 in Cannes later this month.

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