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IDEX Biometrics collaborates with TMC on biometric card solution


IDEX Biometrics is collaborating with Chinese secure element vendor Tongxin Microelectronics (TMC) to create a compatible biometric smart card solution for end-customer implementation.

According to the announcement the companies will integrate IDEX’s sensor with TMC’s secure element for dual-interface solutions that will support both match in the biometric MCU and match in the secure element for a higher level of security. The integration involves joint creation of native code in the secure element to manage and control IDEX’s sensor in the operating system of the secure element.

“The demand for biometric smart cards is growing thanks to their increased security and convenience for end users,” explains IDEX CEO Stan Swearingen. “Therefore, it is critical for card manufacturers that the biometric solutions are compatible with the secure element in the card, known as the EMV chip. IDEX is delighted to have joined forces with TMC to ensure complete compatibility of our solutions.”

“The combined solution .. creates a very compelling value proposition; a simple and secure turn-key solution for customers,” adds Yimin Ding, Vice President at TMC. “This reduces complexity and cost for the card manufacturers. We are excited about working with IDEX’s leading technology to ensure compatibility with our solutions and look forward to seeing the market accelerate through 2019 and beyond.”

IDEX Biometrics has been demonstrating its fingerprint technologies for dual-interface smart cards this week at Money20/20 Europe in Amsterdam.

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