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IDEX and Infineon partner to advance biometric card solutions


IDEX Biometrics and Infineon Technologies today announced a partnership to integrate IDEX biometrics technology into platforms featuring Infineon’s secure elements and will also develop a system-on-card demonstrator that runs on the latest dual-interface 16-bit security controller from Infineon.

According to the IDEX announcement, Infineon’s secure elements have a big advantage to enable biometrics due to an optimized power profile in non-battery supported contactless systems as well as its contactless transaction performance. Infineon’s secure elements support contactless payment transactions below 300ms, enabling a biometric payment transaction to be performed in less than one second.

“We firmly believe that leveraging the expertise of Infineon and IDEX will allow us to define a sustainable path for a secure biometric ecosystem with highest performance,” said Bjoern Scharfen, head of payment and wearables at Infineon. “Biometrics are the next innovation step for contactless payment cards, providing additional security and convenience to banks and consumers.”

Infineon and IDEX are also working towards interoperability, investigating and documenting the most efficient way to integrate IDEX’s host API into biometric systems with Infineon’s secure element, to fast-track dual interface biometric cards deployments.

IDEX is collaborating with other industry participants to develop an open, workable ecosystem for smart card solutions that enable payment, corporate ID and access applications.

“As the leading fingerprint biometrics company, we are committed to continuously growing our partner ecosystem,” explained Stan Swearingen, CEO at IDEX Biometrics. “We are delighted to collaborate closely with the highly experienced team at Infineon towards turning the biometric integration on smart cards into a seamless experience.”

Earlier this month NEXT Biometrics and Infineon announced a jointly developed reference design for biometric payment cards.

According to new research from Goode Intelligence, nearly 579 million biometric payment cards will be used globally by 2023.

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