Infineon Technologies has signed a key development and commercialization deal with Swedish biometric card maker Fingerprint Cards.
The two have developed a proof of concept to make biometric smart card production as simple and easy as producing a standard dual interface payment card.
The Secora Pay Bio design combines the Fingerprints FPC1323 sensor and biometric software algorithm with Infineon’s upcoming SLC39B Secure Element. This will come with a pre-certified Java Card operating system including Mastercard and Visa bio-applets.
All of this is packaged in Infineon’s Biometric Coil on Module (BCoM) package based on inductive coupling technology to simplify the overall biometric smart card manufacturing process using existing card manufacturing equipment. This will enable scalable and efficient volume production with a reduction in the bill of materials.
The SLC39B is Infineon’s advanced system-on-chip (SoC) cryptoprocessor with an integrated power source, large memory size and a range of peripherals. Both partners will showcase the proof of concept during TRUSTECH 2022 in Paris, France, next week.
ABI Research predicts that up to 140 million biometric payment sensor cards to be issued in 2025 with card holders verifying their identity by placing a finger on the card’s sensor and tapping the card at the terminal. It has the clear advantage of not requiring a PIN code during payment at a point of sale (POS) terminal.
This enables hygienic payment experiences without the need for low transaction limits as each transaction, starting with the first Euro, will be authorized by a second-factor authentication, dramatically reducing misuse in the case of lost or stolen cards.
“Our collaboration with Infineon will further push the boundaries of producing biometric payment cards with new, innovative product designs for the mass market,” said Michel Roig, President of Payment & Access at Fingerprints.
“By combining and integrating the leading components, Fingerprints’ FPC1323 and Infineon’s SLC39B security system-on-chip, into one system package, we will offer proven biometric performance executed in a single chip. This innovative and fully integrated solution will simplify, scale production, and enable worriless payments for consumers.”
“The cooperation agreement with our strategic partner Fingerprints is an important milestone in enabling easy-to-manufacture, cost-effective, and highly scalable biometric card production simply with existing tools at no additional capex for our customers,” said Tolgahan Yildiz, Head of Payment Solutions at Infineon’s Connected Secure Systems Division.
“This milestone also ratifies Infineon’s true commitment to biometric smart cards, where we will continue to work and innovate diligently with our partners to enable a great customer journey with biometric smart cards from production and enrollment, up until payment at retail stores for secured and seamless transactions.”
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