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Zwipe and STS to develop biometric payment card manufacturing solution


Zwipe and Smart Technology Services today announced a partnership to jointly develop, test and launch a complete biometric payment card manufacturing solution for card manufacturers and issuers.

Smart Technology Services provides innovative manufacturing solutions to some of the world’s largest card manufacturers and has developed a specific implanting module to support the embedding of biometric touch sensor modules into smartcards. The partnership will develop a manufacturing solution that combines Zwipe’s expertise in biometric technologies with STS’ know-how in engineering manufacturing solutions for smartcards using fingerprint authentication components.

“The implementation of fingerprint sensors in ISO-thin payment cards presents some manufacturing challenges and requires particular manufacturing and testing processes that we believe we have made the most advancements in the world in addressing,” explains Thierry Buisson, Smart Technology Services CEO. “Zwipe’s and Smart Technology Services’ joint offering will eliminate the need for card manufacturers and issuers to conduct long, complex and expensive experiments before finding the right solution to manufacture and deploy biometric cards, ensuring that we will offer the most competitive and agile solution to this rapidly growing marketplace.”

Zwipe CEO André Løvestam added: “This close collaboration will further strengthen our capacity to efficiently facilitate mass market adoption of our technology, contributing to the streamlining of the production process for card manufacturers and working closely with STS on engineering support for card manufacturers to bring Zwipe-enabled biometric payment cards to market at scale.”

According to the announcement, the companies will collaborate to develop and market packaging solutions including chip and sensor packaging, adhesion processes, equipment manufacturing, process settings, test procedures and technical assistance allowing a card manufacturer or issuer to quickly set up a proven and tested solution to produce and personalize biometric payment cards. The companies intend to release and promote a complete manufacturing solution for biometric cards in Q1 2019.

Its been an active month for the Norwegian biometrics technology company. Zwipe’s technology is being used in a biometric payment card trial in Italy, they partnered with Allcard to launch biometric payment cards in the Philippines, collaborated with Cypress Semiconductor to develop a way to reduce the power consumption of its dual interface biometric payment card by 70 percent and announced the launch of new white label biometric payment card enrollment solutions.

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