IDEX Biometrics is continuing to support the burgeoning biometric card market with the release of a new proprietary software platform. The platform is optimized for use with the new biometric card reference design that IDEX developed with Infineon, which utilizes IDEX’s TrustedBio fingerprint recognition module.
Together, the solutions provide card manufacturers with virtually everything they need to bring a new biometric card to market. The new software platform comes with a card operating system (COS) for biometric cards, as well a full suite of financial applets and a proprietary matching algorithm. It was developed in collaboration with jNet ThingX Corp., and builds on jNet’s Java Card-based Javelin EMV COS. jNet ThingX itself operates as one of Infineon’s preferred security partners.
According to IDEX, the platform will reduce card development times by as much as six to nine months, and minimize the amount of money needed to develop a new card and obtain certification. In that regard, the COS meets the latest EMV interoperability standards, as well as the latest GlobalPlatform security requirements.
The TrustedBio module was built to be as power-efficient as possible. The COS, meanwhile, will be installed on an Infineon SLC38BML800 secure element. Each user’s biometric data is stored directly on the card itself, and cards with the IDEX offering will be able to complete a biometric EMV transaction in roughly 500 milliseconds.
“This advanced software platform unlocks the differentiated performance of the IDEX Biometrics – Infineon collaboration,” said IDEX CEO Vince Graziani. “jNet ThingX has experience with multiple generations of Infineon security devices. This turnkey solution enables customers to quickly deploy fingerprint payment cards with industry-leading performance.”
IDEX and Infineon picked up their first reference design customer shortly after announcing the solution in July. Visa has also granted formal approval to an IDEMIA F.CODE card featuring IDEX’s TrustedBio technology.
November 16, 2021 – by Eric Weiss