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Farpointe Data provides Zwipe biometric cards to its OEMs


Zwipe has announced that Farpointe Data is set to provide its access control system manufacturer partners with Zwipe biometric cards.

“Farpointe is well-known for producing innovative and high quality access control products,” Kim Humborstad, CEO of Zwipe said. “They wanted to provide their customers with biometric authorization but not if it meant integrating biometric devices that will not hold up to Farpointe value standards. Not needing any additional equipment, the Zwipe biometric card lets them meet this goal.”

Specifically, the Zwipe biometric cards are contactless smart card credentials with an on-card fingerpring scanner. This embedded scanner uses 3D capacitive technology and is compatible with all ISO 14443 readers. The card is also DESFIRE EV1 and MIFARE Classic compatible.

“It’s not often that the security industry is introduced to an additive product such as the Zwipe biometric card,” Scott Lindley, CEO of Farpointe said. “This new product doesn’t take the place of other existing products. To use it, ISO 14443-compliant smart card reader users do not need to pull out present equipment and replace it with new products. The readers they now use will be able to provide the benefits of biometric authorization by simply incorporating the card into their systems in the same way they incorporate smart cards through current offerings.”

According to the company, orders for the cards, optionally already programmed by Farpointe with access control data, including facility codes and ID numbers, will commence April 2, the first day of the ISC West Expo in Las Vegas.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Zwipe recently announced that Simonsen VogtWiig, a law firm in Oslo, has deployed Zwipe biometrics cards for managing access to doors and printers. 

According to a recently-published report, the overall electronic access control systems market has recovered post recessions and is showing promising growth, owed largely to renewed interest in card-based security projects. The overall market is set to reach $16.3 billion by 2017, growing at a CAGR of 7%. 

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