What are biometric smart cards?
Smart cards, as their name implies, are plastic cards with integrated circuits that allow them to contain important, rich data. The most common of these are modern credit and debit cards, as well as, in some countries, national ID cards. Biometric smart cards contain biometric data used for identification and authentication purposes.
While most biometric smart cards simply contain biometric data that can be compared to that captured by a separate biometric reader for ID verification, new advances in the production of fingerprint sensors have led us to the advent of a new type of smart card: one with an embedded biometric sensor, capable of performing 1:1 matching on-device.
Where can I find biometric smart cards?
Commonly, biometric smart cards are used as identification documents, like India’s Aadhaar card or the driver’s licenses in the US and many Canadian provinces. While the newer e-Passports are not technically cards, much of the same technology is used for layering biometrics into those and similar secure documents that leverage biometric data for border security and government services.
Biometric smart cards are also used in physical access control deployments, often employed in multi-factor security systems in facoilities where security is of critical importance. The aforementioned cards with embedded sensors, meanwhile, are being trialed by some of the world’s biggest financial service providers to add convenient and secure payment options to point-of-sale purchases.
How are biometric smart cards making a difference?
Mid Coast Health Services in Brunswick, Maine, uses biometric smart cards and cloud technology to prevent fraud and cut down on duplicate patient records.
Now that fingerprint sensors are standard on smartphones across the price spectrum, sensor manufacturers are concentrating efforts on bringing their technology to smart cards. This focus has stoked innovation, leading to such inventions as the flexible fingerprint sensor.
Biometric smart cards are part of Aadhaar, arguably the most ambitious national ID project on the planet. Aadhaar cards contain iris and fingerprint biometrics, and can be sued for attendance at work, the receipt of state subsidies, and even mobile phone registration.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Smart Cards solutions.
IDEX develops and sells advanced fingerprint sensor technology and products. The company’s technology is used in a range of biometrically enabled applications within three core markets: Mobile, Smart Cards and Internet of Things (IoT). IDEX’s addressable market represents a fast-growing multi-billion unit opportunity. IDEX’s technology includes both the conventional silicon sensor and a unique off-chip technology, which means that the company can offer its partners solutions which are flexible and cost efficient. Products and Services: Fingerprint, Smart Cards, Financial, Mobile.
Precise Biometrics is a market leading supplier of solutions for convenient and secure authentication of people’s identity. We develop and sell fingerprint software and mobile smart card readers that provide the market’s best user experience and security. Our solutions are used hundreds of millions of times every day by people all over the world. Products & Services: Fingerprint, Mobility, Smart Cards, Financial, Middleware/Software
Enabled by its patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, NEXT Biometrics (www.nextbiometrics.com) offers high quality area fingerprint sensors at a fraction of the prices of comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats including Smartphones, Tablets, PC’s, Doors, Time registration systems, Wearables, Payment terminals, Flashdrives, USB-tokens, Key fobs and many more are targeted. Products & Services: Financial, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Biometric Sensors & Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Smart Cards
MorphoTrak provides the technology and performance trusted by FBI NGI for 10-print, latent, and RISC fast-ID matching and 50% of U.S. State Law Enforcement. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator of interoperable biometric identification systems as well as finger/palm/vein, facial and iris recognition. With 40 years’ experience, Morpho technology serves more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries and is consistently ranked #1 by NIST for enrollment and matching accuracy. For more information, visit www.morpho.com/USA
Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.