New biometric crypto smartcard wallet from CardLab and eSignus features Fingerprint Cards sensor

New biometric crypto smartcard wallet from CardLab and eSignus features Fingerprint Cards sensor

CardLab and eSignus have partnered to develop a cryptocurrency hardware wallet solution in a smartcard form factor leveraging biometric security from Fingerprint Cards.

The new HASHWallet is a non-programable device created so sign transactions and securely store user’s private keys without them even knowing it, or being accessible from outside in any way, making the card invulnerable to external attacks, according to the companies. The public and private keys are generated on the card itself, without reference to external seeds, and features a large electronic ink screen for detailed verification and validation of transactions. It also protects against man-in-the-middle attacks with a “What you see is what you sign” approach.

An FPC1321 T-shape fingerprint sensor from FPC provides fingerprint authorization, an RFID jammer prevents wireless hacking, and a Snap Switch allows the card to be turned off when not in use. The card can also communicate with any host device wirelessly and can include a dual dynamic magnetic strip.

CardLab lends contactless NFC and Bluetooth connectivity to the card, which eSignus says it will be able to manufacture in Q3 2020.

“CardLab’s Electronic Smart Card expertise helps embed HASHWallet unhackable, keyless signing of transactions into a convenient, slim and ultra-secure credit card-shaped hardware wallet,” notes eSignus CEO Daniel Hernández.

CardLab also partnered with Spatium last year to produce a hardware wallet with FPC technology.

SmartMetric, meanwhile, has announced that supply line issues from the Covid-19 outbreak delaying the final manufacturing of its biometric smartcard for debit and credit payments have been resolved.

Manufacturing for both contact and contactless cards has recommenced, the company says.

CEO Chaya Hendrick says the product is expected to be delivered to partners within 30 days for presentation to issuing banks.

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