Survey finds U.S. consumers would pay for a credit card with built in biometric protection

According to SmartMetric, a consumer survey of credit card users in the United States found that 80% of those questioned are concerned about credit card and identity fraud and that 67% of those users would be wiling to pay for a biometrics secured credit card that has a built-in fingerprint reader for protection. “This consumer survey shows the continued anxiety and concern of consumers regarding the safety of their credit cards and the insecurity when it comes to card fraud

CrucialTec partners with smart card firm to develop biometric credit card

Fingerprint technology company CrucialTec and smart card firm Kona-I have developed a smart card fitted with a fingerprint module to improve the security of financial transactions, according to a report by The Korea Herald. Cardholders will verify their identity by scanning their fingerprints on the fingerprint module embedded in the 0.84-millimeter plastic card. According to CrucialTec, the card can be used more than 1,000 times with a full charge, but that is expected to increase when it goes into mass

eID projects in Africa and Latin America drive X Infotech’s expansion

Systems integrator and software developer X Infotech has expanded its presence in Latin America, North and West Africa by engaging new regional representatives. X Infotech is a global provider of software solutions for the issuance, management and verification of identity documents and smart cards. In a statement, the company welcomed Carla Guardia Malaga and Kais Ben Amor to its growing team. Malaga will be responsible for business development in Latin America, and Amor will take care of business development in

Terrorism and fraud risks will drive demand for automatic identification systems: Technavio

Technavio analysts forecast positive growth for many segments of the global automatic identification system market over the next four years due to increased revenues in several markets, including access control solutions, contactless smart cards and palm vein biometrics. The high convenience of contactless smart cards and its extensive adoption by governments to meet their escalating security needs is helping to drive the growth of the global contactless smart cards market, resulting in a CAGR of close to 33% during the

NEXT Biometrics earns biometric smart card volume order

During a presentation introducing the company’s new flexible fingerprint sensors for smart cards, Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO of NEXT Biometrics Group, reported that “NEXT Biometrics ASA has received the industry’s first biometric smart card volume order.” “We have previously announced that we will not comment further on our smart card developments until we have something material to prove,” Etholm-Idsøe said. “We are now proud to announce that our ISO-compliance includes the recently published ISO/IEC 17839 standard, and to our knowledge this

Smart Applications International orders 500,000 biometric smart cards from OTI

OTI PetroSmart has received an order from Smart Applications International Ltd. for more than 500,000 MediSmart biometric smart cards. OTI’s MediSmart solution is an information management and claims submission system that incorporates contactless smart card and biometric technologies. Using fingerprint authentication technology, MediSmart cards validate patient identity, reducing fraud and impersonation. Kenya-based Smart Applications International will distribute OTI’s MediSmart cards across Kenya and other East African countries to give Smart’s members access to healthcare services in different countries using the

Kwick High Tech innovation supports massive biometrics programs

Some of the most ambitious biometric regulations in the world are taking place in Pakistan, where the government has determined the best way to deal with high-stakes national issues like fraud and terrorism is through the use of identification authentication technology. As the sixth most populous country in the world, Pakistan is a challenging but very promising market for the companies providing this technology. In Pakistan all new SIM cards must be registered to an individual whose identity is confirmed

SmartMetric’s biometric payment card impresses at Smart Card Alliance Payments Forum

Last week, SmartMetric, for the first time in an exhibition, demonstrated its biometric payment card with built in fingerprint reader at the Smart Card Alliance Payments Forum. “We had a constant stream of some of the largest credit card issuers in the country come by our stand to see first hand the new biometric credit card,” said SmartMetric’s President & CEO, Chaya Hendrick. “What amazed so many was the fact that we had embedded a fully functional fingerprint scanner inside

US naval base implements biometric identification and access control at all gates

Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) will soon be implementing the Defense Biometrics Identification System (DBIDS) at all access gates, joining the ranks of other Navy Region Mid-Atlantic commands, according to a report by The Dolpin. Serving as an improved identity authentication and force protection system, DBIDS is a global database which effectively facilitates the distribution of biometric data to the gate-guard tasked with controlling an individual’s authorized access to SUBASE. Using a hand-held wireless scanner, the gate-guard scans the

Turkey starts distributing biometric identity cards

Turkish authorities have started distribution of its new biometric identity cards and have selected Kirikkale as the pilot province for this new program. The new biometric identity cards will be valid for ten years and contains a chip that, according to the country’s Electronic Authentication System website, can hold up to 1 GB of information, including the user’s finger and palm prints. This change in the country’s national ID system will replace the current color-coded card system (pink for women