Infineon teams for mass deployment of fingerprint payment cards

Infineon teams for mass deployment of fingerprint payment cards

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By Nick Flaherty

Infineon Technologies has teamed up with biometric specialist Fingerprint Cards ((Gothenburg, Sweden) on the next generation of contactless payment cards that use a fingerprint sensor and biometric security.

The contactless card remains in the hands of the cardholder throughout the entire payment transaction, while eliminating the need for PIN entries or signatures to authorize even high-value payments. The fingerprint information is stored on the card’s embedded secure element and not shared with any third party, protecting the user’s credentials.

“Authorizing payments without handing over the card is a huge step forward in terms of user experience, data security and hygiene. We selected Fingerprints as they are the leading biometric silicon and technology provider with market proven performance. Jointly, we want to to drive the industrialization of biometric payment cards from a niche into mass market rollout,” said Bjoern Scharfen, Head of the Payment and Transport Ticketing product line at Infineon. “Combining Fingerprints’ leading biometric technology with our expertise in chip security, energy efficiency and contactless performance, we will develop a system solution that is easy to integrate and gives our customers a head start in an emerging growth market.”

“Collaboration is key in the payment ecosystem, in which Infineon is a leading player. Together we will produce an optimized solution that will make it easier for card manufacturers to integrate biometrics into future generations of contactless payment cards, ultimately putting these cards into the hands of consumers around the world to enable a worry-free payment experience,” says Michel Roig, SVP Business Line Payments & Access at Fingerprint Cards.

Fingerprints’ sensor modules will be combined with Infineon’s 40nm security controllers based on the 32-bit ARM SecurCore SC300 core. This enables secure matching of the fingerprint image within the security controller where the private data is securely stored while maintaining the contactless performance despite the increased power required.

Infineon also supplied chip solutions for major biometric card projects and pilots in 2020.

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