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Idex Biometrics and Thales achieves certifications for smart cards, mobile ID security software


Idex Biometrics has successfully completed the EMVCo Security Evaluation for its development site in Farnborough, U.K., making a landmark achievement as it is planning a large-scale production of biometric smart cards, the company announced.

Achieving EMVCo Security certification confirms Idex Biometrics is a secured provider of advanced biometric fingerprint identification and authentication solutions, integrated with EMVCo certified final products.

“We are proud to be the first biometric sensor company to achieve this certification,” said Stan Swearingen, CEO of Idex. “Now, smartcard manufacturers, can directly integrate IDEX’s biometric software, use our reference designs, and embed our sensors in their products and the smart card manufacturers can experience a seamless certification process. We believe this critical milestone will facilitate manufacturing and deployment of biometric smartcards in large quantities.”

The company also recently raised $10 million to help it scale to meet growing demand for biometric smartcards.

Thales internationally certified for Gemalto mobile ID security software

Thales has received the highest international level of ‘Common Criteria’ certification in mobile ID security software, recognition which follows the acquisition of the Gemalto mobile ID software, the company announced.

The Common Criteria certification objectively evaluates a product or system to certify it is equipped with robust security. Thales’ recognition confirms its technology and implementation process have been verified and have reached the highest level of trust.

Thales’ entire digital identity portfolio will leverage security by design, an approach which also applies to its ‘Mobile ID Smart App’ and ‘Digital ID Wallet.’

Gemalto mobile ID software was tested by Brightsight and the procedure was supervised by the NSCIB (Netherlands Scheme for Certification in the Area of IT Security), in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations.

“By achieving this independent and government-recognized security certification, Thales has set a new landmark for government mobile ID software security,” said Youzec Kurp – SVP Identity & Biometric Solutions at Thales. “Our mobile-based digital ID solutions are already entrusted and deployed in more than 20 countries around the world. They enable citizens to securely log on to public and private eServices and to smoothly prove who they are online while guaranteeing data protection and privacy.”

A number of governments have already chosen Thales mobile identity security to fend off ID theft and ensure data protection and privacy. Gemalto Mobile ID software leverages innovative and disruptive technologies that have proven resilient when faced with advanced security penetration tests against mobile applications, Thales says.

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