Zwipe has detailed some of the steps it is taking to mitigate the business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, the international company has implemented a full travel ban and adopted new working standards to allow more people to work from home. More than 25 percent of the company’s staff already works from permanent home offices.
“We are a lean global team committed to our targets and we are adapting quickly and effectively to the changing environment we operate in,” said Zwipe CEO André Løvestam. “Projects are ongoing, we have suspended travel, we are doing more video conferencing and ultimately continuing to do business as best we can in the face of this new adversity.”
The new policies went into effect on March 13. Løvestam acknowledged that the coronavirus has adversely affected some of the company’s Chinese and European partners, but believed that the precautions would allow Zwipe to maintain productive operations while protecting the health of its employees.
“We are committed to the safety and security of our team members and we are monitoring the situation closely,” Løvestam continued. “Most of our ongoing efforts are not impeded by the current situation and we are confident that we will be able to weather the current downturn and look forward to share progress as we go forward.”
Løvestam made the comments during a RedEye Investor event that took place in Sweden on March 12, where he was one of the presenters.
While it is not as much of a concern for scanners that are embedded in personal devices (such as Zwipe’s biometric cards), the coronavirus has made people more aware of the potential risks of shared fingerprint sensors. The NYPD has suspended the use of shared fingerprint readers at its Manhattan headquarters, while SecuGen has released a series of cleaning tips for people worried about sanitation.
March 18, 2020 – by Eric Weiss