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IDEX and Card Tech extend partnership to deliver a biometric card module


IDEX and Card Tech have extended their partnership to collaborate with a top-tier card integrator to deliver a biometric card module solution using IDEX’s flexible, ISO compliant off-chip fingerprint sensor and Card Tech’s electronic system expertise and patented technology for secure biometric card products.

The program targets mass deployable smartcard programs in the government ID and banking markets.

“We are very pleased to be expanding our engagement with top-tier partners within the card ecosystem,” said Dr. Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX. “Following the launch of our ISO card form factor compliant flexible sensor for smartcards last year, we have received significant interest from both potential end customers and ecosystem partners. We are pleased to be collaborating with Card Tech on a program for one of the largest card integrators, which is significant validation of our unique card sensor value proposition.”

IDEX’s off-chip technology enables a thin and bendable sensor consisting of a low-cost flexible polymer, compliant with ISO standards for long-term durability, making it uniquely suited for smart card integration. Following the successful development of IDEX’s next generation ASIC, IDEX can deliver energy efficient sensors that meet the requirements of contactless cards.

“Card Tech and IDEX have been working together for several years to drive the frontier of biometric authentication for smartcards,” said Fabrizio Borracci, chairman of Card Tech. “The combination of IDEX’s off-chip fingerprint sensor ideally suited for cards, and our worldwide patented biometric card system design and know-how, have created a strong value proposition for the programme with the top-tier card integrator, addressing global markets. We are very excited about the potential of this programme and all the other expressions of interest, from different markets, received in the last months. We believe that strengthening this partnership with IDEX will allow to boost our growth in 2017.”

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