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UINT and Mereal Biometrics launch smart card with embedded biometric sensor


UINT and Mereal Biometrics have just launched a new smart card with an embedded fingerprint sensor.

Designed by Patrick Partouche, President of Mereal Biometrics and UINT’s team, the product represents 4 years of research and development. According to the companies, the invention and technologies are protected by several patents.

“With the wide deployment of biometrics and the rise in identity fraud, I have been advocating on simple but secure solution to enable Trust with our customers, employees and partners” Partouche said.

According to the two companies, this is the first time a smart card has been built with an embedded fingerprint reader, and the new device will be showcased at the Cartes Event in Paris in November.

“We bring to market an all in one card solution to protect assets but also the privacy of our card holders enabling new relations and services between parties” Philippe Blot, CEO of UINT said.

Smart cards are seeing great growth these days, and many are increasingly being built with support for biometric information. Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, new research from ABI Research forecasts 8.6 million smart cards to be shipped worldwide in 2013; a combined fingure spanning all smart card markets. Of the total forecasted shipments, 16 percent are expected to use a contactless interface.

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