Idex and Chinese firm working on biometric cards design
30 November 2018 17:01 GMT

Fingerprint identification and authentication solutions firm Idex has announced a collaboration with CEC Huada Electronic Design (HED) on a reference design for biometric smart cards.

In a statement, Idex noted that one of the critical components of a smart card is the secure element (SE), which is a tamper-resistant chip which securely hosts the matching algorithm and stores sensitive data in the smart card. For an optimally performing biometric smart card it’s essential that all the components of the card work seamlessly. The collaboration between HED and IDEX reduces  complexity, simplifies  integration and ultimately shortens time-to-market.                        

Stan Swearingen, CEO at IDEX Biometrics commented “As the leading fingerprint biometrics company in the smart card segment we are continuously looking to work with partners who can help accelerate and build the biometric smart card market. HED is the largest Chinese SE company, with a dominant position across several verticals, including national ID, social security, banking cards, and ships more than 1.5 billion pieces annually. HED is strong proponent for biometric smart cards, and we are confident the collaboration will be beneficial for both parties as well as the end user.”

Chang Feng, General Manager at HED commented “There is significant demand for the next generation of biometric smart cards. Adding biometrics enhances the user experience and security level in a smart card. To ensure an optimal solution it’s critical that the biometric system is compatible with the SE, and this is core to the IDEX and HED collaboration. We expect the reference design to be in very high demand across multiple verticals, including banking, identification, and social security.”

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