Precise Biometrics to provide mobile smart card readers for US Department of Defense

Precise Biometrics announced it has received an order of 1,100 Tactivo mobile smart card readers from the Defense Logistics Agency within the US Department of Defense, in a contract valued at 1 million SEK (USD $130,373). Defense Logistics Agency is implementing Precise Biometrics’ mobility solution for iOS devices that enable secure email and browsing capabilities. Based on the existing Common Access Card infrastructure, the solution enhances the overall usability of the smart card system. DLA placed the order, which includes

Law enforcement biometrics market in North America expected to grow at 18.2% CAGR: report

TechNavio has published its latest research report, “Law Enforcement Biometrics Market in North America 2014-2018” and expects the market to grow at a CAGR of 18.2 percent during the forecast period. This latest report also highlights the integration of biometrics in smart cards as one of the top emerging market trends, such as those relating to the upgrading of driver’s licenses and passports. According to the report, the main end-users of biometrics in North America are governments and private organizations.

IDEX to integrate fingerprint swipe sensors into Card Tech’s biometric cards

IDEX ASA has received an initial order to deliver fingerprint swipe sensors to Card Tech. IDEX will integrate its fingerprint swipe sensors into Card Tech’s patented ISO-compliant system-on-card solution – which will be manufactured by Card Tech’s first-tier production partner — for the access control and ID markets. “Based on multiple international expressions of interest we expect to open a significant market opportunity,” said Fabrizio Borracci, CEO of Card Tech. “Our partnership with IDEX started in 2011 and Card Tech

Infineon to supply security controllers for Slovakian eID cards

Infineon has announced that its security controllers have been selected for a deployment of eID cards in the Slovak Republic. According to the company, 20 of the 35 countries around the world that have introduced eIDs with online functions are in Europe. More than 70 percent of these European deployments include technology from Infineon. According to EUROSMART, the international association of the smart card industry, a total of more than 150 million eID cards with an online feature had been issued in

INSIDE Secure and Intrinsic-ID team up for secure microcontrollers for smart cards

INSIDE Secure and Intrinsic-ID have announced they are bringing to market a new class of secure microcontrollers for smart cards and other applications that apply Hardware Intrinsic Security (HIS) for cloud-based transactions. Hardware Intrinsic Security technology uses the unique attributes of a device to extract security keys.  By combining INSIDE’s proven secure microcontroller designs with patented HIS technology from Intrinsic-ID, the companies say they can use the unique physical characteristics of each chip to protect cryptographic keys, and subsequently make devices extremely

Infineon and Oracle team up for smart card solutions

Infineon Technologies has announced that it will work with Oracle to provide secure smart card solutions for the development of government applications. According to Infineon, it will introduce the industry’s first security controller using Oracle’s implementation of Java Card 3.0 Classic. The new card will include Infineon’s SLE 78 with Integrity Guard. “Open platform solutions are becoming more and more important in secure government ID applications. The truly global Java Card standard allows government authorities to easily adapt ID solutions to their

Smart Card Alliance publishes white paper on smart cards and NSTIC

The Smart Card Alliance has developed a new white paper focused on smart card technology and strong credentials within the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). According to the Alliance, as a group, it is promoting the adoption of the NSTIC framework, saying that it strongly agrees with the use of federal, state and local government initiatives to accelerate the development of an identity ecosystem. At the same time, says the Alliance, existing procedures, standards and technology should be

Mauritius set to introduce biometric ID cards

The Mauritius Government is set to issue new biometric smart ID cards, set to cost the country roughly $40 million. Set to be issued in September 2013, the smart cards are seen as a way to increase security and improve public services for Mauritians as well as quell fraud, according to a report in Africa Review. The new ID cards will include an electronic chip containing biometric information, and will be issued to Mauritians over the age of 18. The

Israel’s biometric database pilot begins today

Israel’s controversial biometric database pilot project starts today, though so far, reception hasn’t been incredibly warm. As we’ve reported in, the initiation of this pilot project has been a long process in Israel. Parliament first started talking about the database project in 2009 and a trial was set to begin in January, though there were a number of issues which saw this launch date pushed until today. The Israel High Court of Justice held a hearing earlier this year

Gemalto outlines security features on South African eID cards

South African ID cards are set to be rolled out next month and according to Gemalto, specific integrated security features make them particularly difficult to forge. As we reported previously in, Gemalto will supply the Government Printing Work of South Africa with Sealys eID cards for the country’s national identity program. Designed to modernize and replace South Africa’s traditional, paper-based ‘green book’ identity documentation, the new Sealys eID card will be offered by the Department for Home Affairs (DHA) to citizens aged