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NEXT Biometrics and MK Group to launch biometric cards R&D program

NEXT Biometrics is partnering with MK Group to launch an R&D program for biometric smart cards for banking and other applications. The program will integrate NEXT’s large-area fingerprint sensors into MK Group’s next generation smart card products. MK Group is a Vietnam-based company that specializes in a range of digital secure authentication solutions and smart card products.

“As the industry moves toward biometric solutions for card-based transactions, companies like MK Group are leading the way toward accelerating this trend,” explained Alain Faburel, NEXT chief sales and marketing officer. “We’re very pleased to have our technology considered for MK Group’s future product lineup. This is yet another strong affirmation of the core advantages NEXT is bringing to the smart card segment with our large-area, flexible sensors.”

According to the announcement, MK group intends to include biometric solutions in its future products and has selected NEXT’s One Touch Flex CT-150 sensors for use in trials to evaluate contact-based biometric smart card technology. The NEXT One Touch Flex CT-150 is a flexible, large-area sensor specifically designed for biometric cards.

“As a leader in smart card technology, incorporating the security and convenience of biometrics in our products is a natural next step forward for MK Group,” added Nguyen Trong Khang, chairman and CEO, MK Group. “We look forward to working with NEXT Biometrics on this project to share the benefits of advanced fingerprint sensor technology with our customers.”

This collaborative biometric smart card project is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

This news comes on the heels of the announcement that NEXT Biometrics and Infineon Technologies have jointly developed a reference design for biometric payment cards. NEXT’s fingerprint sensor technology was recently found to deliver leading biometric performance in a study by Carlos III University of Madrid.

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