IDEX Biometrics will be working with an unnamed payment card integrator to bring biometric payment cards to the Japanese market. The cards will feature IDEX’s TrustedBio reference design, and will be made available to banks and card issuers throughout the country.
The TrustedBio reference design was built to be a turnkey solution that allows financial institutions to develop and launch biometric cards more quickly. It pairs an SLC38 security controller from Infineon with IDEX’s TrustedBio fingerprint sensor and dedicated Card Operating System, in addition to other hardware and software components.
According to the terms of the new partnership, IDEX and its partner will work together to develop cards based on the design. They will also execute a joint go-to-market and customer engagement strategy. The two companies are hoping to move into mass production sometime later in 2022, as the biometric card market enters the commercialization phase internationally. The agreement includes an initial order for IDEX’s biometric products.
“This order and new design win for the IDEX TrustedBio turnkey solution further confirms that IDEX Biometrics is enabling the acceleration of global deployment for biometric smart cards,” said IDEX CEO Vince Graziani. “Together with this major player in the payment card industry, we will deliver biometric smart card solutions that enable a secure and seamless user experience to millions of consumers in Japan and around the globe.”
IDEX and Infineon introduced their joint card reference design in July, and went on to deliver it to a top three card manufacturer less than a month after it was announced. The two companies also shipped the solution to MKSmart at the beginning of the year. More recently, the Swedish challenger bank Rocker moved forward with the launch of a Rocker Touch biometric payment card that features IDEX and IDEMIA technology.
March 9, 2022 – by Eric Weiss