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Idex customer reaches low-cost, mass production milestone for biometric cards


Idex Biometrics announced today that one of its customers in Asia has achieved cost-effective, mass production standards for biometric smart cards. This follows last month’s news that the Bank Card Test Center (BCTC) in China has begun its certification process for biometric smart cards containing Idex’s dual-interface fingerprint sensors.

In its announcement Idex notes that this customer has established a strong reputation globally for its ability to manufacture and supply high-quality user authentication and transaction security solutions and that its customers range from financial institutions to governments and business enterprises. While the customer is unnamed, biometric cards using Idex’s SmartFinger dual-interface sensor have been manufactured by multiple, well-known card integrators in the region including Sian Intelligent Technology and Chutian Dragon.

An initial production order has been placed with Idex to integrate its SmartFinger dual-interface sensor within a secure access biometric smart card, which shares identical manufacturing properties with biometric payment cards. The manufacturing line now has the maturity and capacity to quickly ramp production of biometric smart cards to millions of units, with very cost-effective, high-yield results.

“With the manufacturing standards achieved, and the capacity of the production line, I am confident that biometric smart cards are ready for mass production and volume delivery to customers,” says Idex Biometrics CEO Stan Swearingen. “The ability to manufacture to these standards with our sensors will be a competitive differentiator for Idex and will facilitate other card manufacturers around the world to follow.”

Swearingen recently penned a guest post for Biometric Update discussing how Asia is currently driving the charge for biometric payment card innovation.

According to the company’s recent annual report, Idex is poised for biometric smart card growth having established a volume production supply chain, expanded its direct sales capacity, and formed global partnerships to bring its fingerprint sensors to the card market.

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