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NEXT Biometrics drops first samples of biometric module for smart cards


NEXT Biometrics announced it has shipped the first samples of its biometric module for smart cards to seven top customers in Asia, Europe and North America it has been working closely with on its smart card solutions. The company is also engaged with another 20 customers worldwide for the smart card module.

The modules are a key element of NEXT’s strategy for bringing its unique large-area fingerprint sensor technology to the smart card market.

“Shipping samples of our biometric module for smart cards marks another step forward for NEXT in this rapidly growing market segment and highlights the strong support among customers for our fingerprint sensor technology,” said Ritu Favre, NEXT CEO. “I’m very pleased with the strong interest we’re seeing among customers for our innovative smart card solutions, as well as the solid momentum we’re building internally with the execution delivered by our engineering teams.”

The fully flexible sensor NEXT has shipped to customers is compliant with ISO/IEC 17839, which defines the functional architecture and key characteristics for biometric smart cards. The module is designed for contact-based smart cards and is ideally suited for government identification cards, financial inclusion programs and access control devices.

According to the announcement, the module eases integration into finished products, connecting directly to a smart card chip as a card-internal peripheral. NEXT’s large-area sensor enables one-touch self-enrollment capability and export of standards-based finger minutiae templates.

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