FPC fingerprint sensor used in Italian biometric payment card trial

Fingerprint Cards announced today that its technology is being used in a biometric payment card trial for Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo. According to the announcement, this is the first biometric payment card trial in Italy.

The card is provided by Gemalto and includes technology from Zwipe that enables cardholders to authorize transactions with the cards’ built-in Fingerprint Cards’ FPC1300-series fingerprint sensor. It has ultra-low power consumption and works with standard contactless POS terminals.

Fingerprint Cards demonstrated its contactless fingerprint payment card solution at MWC Shanghai earlier this year. At the time the Swedish biometrics company said it has the widest footprint of ongoing market trials of fingerprint-enabled contactless payment cards, and that with 50 percent of global consumers – and even more in China – willing to pay extra for a biometric payment card, the contactless smart card market is a key strategic market priority.

Just a couple of weeks ago French multinational bank Société Générale announced a biometric payment card trial it says is the country’s first, in collaboration with IDEMIA, and leveraging Fingerprint Cards’ T-Shape fingerprint sensor module.

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