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Idemia partners with Idex to adopt its on-card biometric enrollment intellectual property


Idex Biometrics has signed a patent license agreement with Idemia for the global use of Idex’s on-card remote fingerprint enrollment solutions, the company announced.

The agreement allows Idemia to use specific Idex patents combined with its biometric card software know-how to design, produce and sell on-card enrollment devices. The “on-card enrollment” feature enables users to register a new biometric smart card in their homes. The biometric card can be delivered through mail services, together with a receptable that has a power source. The card is introduced in the enrollment receptacle and all a user has to do is touch the fingerprint sensor.

The company says that during the enrollment process, the biometric card is not connected to any devices or network, it doesn’t require physical visit to a bank and it doesn’t need access to other apps, turning it into a more effective enrollment method.

The partnership will allow Idemia to further standardize biometric security and deliver customer-tailored card enrollment solutions.

“Idex Biometrics started filing its first patent applications for on-card enrollment concepts in 2017,” says Dave Orme, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Idex. “Since then, this disruptive invention has grown in popularity throughout the payment industry and represents a key enabler for biometric smart card adoption. We’re delighted to be licensing this unique and innovative solution to Idemia as we continue to work closely together to enable mass adoption of biometric smart cards.”

“Our expertise and technology at Idemia make it possible to offer secure payment methods and to respond to customers’ growing demand for biometric authentication,” says Amanda Gourbault, Executive VP of the Financial Institutions Business Unit at Idemia. “Using biometrics to secure point of sale transactions reduces friction in the payment experience as well as providing the best security to carry out transactions with complete trust.”

Idex Biometrics’ patented on-card enrollment solution has been successfully used as part of the certification process for a global payment scheme and exceeded the biometric standards required for certification. The company was also granted patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and IP Australia for equipment and procedures related to on-card enrollment on biometric smart cards. Other patent applications are pending in key regions.

In July, the company’s dual-interface fingerprint technology also passed multiple payment schemes’ certification requirements.

Last month Idemia signed an exclusive partnership and distribution agreement with Zwipe to co-invest in a platform to bring biometric payment cards to the mass market.

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