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Identiv, Zwipe to provide biometric access control card services

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Identiv, Inc. has partnered with Zwipe to deliver access control card formatting services.

Under the agreement terms, Identiv’s U.S.-based card service bureau is programming the radio frequency identification (RFID) chips in Zwipe’s line of biometric credential solutions.

The line of solutions will provide all physical access control system (PACS) formats from Identiv’s portfolio.

Identiv will exhibit samples of Zwipe’s biometric cards at ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), held on September 26 – 28 in Dallas, Texas.

Zwipe decided to team up with Identiv in an effort to encode its biometric cards in a broad range of formats.

Identiv’s encoding solutions are fast, flexible, and considerably less expensive than its competitors.

The partnership allows Zwipe customers to order the company’s access control products pre-formatted with the most popular 125 KHz and 13.56 MHz smart card formatting schemes, enabling seamless integration with end-customer systems without requiring extra card formatting services by the integrator.

“Identiv is seeing strong growth in the interest for biometric-enabled access control solutions,” said Stephane Ardiley, Identiv director product management. “The Zwipe credential products are very user friendly and offer a fast and efficient way for customers to upgrade to a biometric security level in their access control installations, without the need to change their readers and back-end system. We see a good market opportunity for Identiv by supplying formatting services for Zwipe cards, which we believe meets a strong and growing need in the marketplace.”

Zwipe’s biometric credential comes in the form of a credit card-sized card with an embedded biometric sensor for user enrollment and identity verification.

After an initial authentication via fingerprint, the radio frequency identification (RFID) interface of the card is enabled to allow the card to serve as a typical access control credential.

“We are very excited to work with Identiv, as it allows us to address a large segment of customers for the first time — not just in the U.S. but across the world — thanks to the company’s expansive customer network,” said Einar Boije, Zwipe’s SVP of access control. “With Identiv’s capacity, we can now provide formatting services alongside our access control product lines, making it that much easier to integrate and deploy the world’s smallest biometric reader.”

Earlier this month, Nexus Group and Zwipe signed a distribution agreement whereby Nexus is now selling Zwipe’s biometric access smartcards via the online portal Nexus GO Cards as a Service.

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