The future of security on the tip of your finger.
CREDIT SECURITY: the worldwide-patented Fingerprint Biometric System-on-Card in standard Smart Card size is ready for the market
Project industrialisation completed, market introduction
of the Smart Card, the credit card that is activated by a fingerprint instead of a PIN, has begun
The revolutionary Biometric Smart Card by Card Tech®, which features biometric System-On-Card, i.e. a complete system of fingerprint acquisition, storage and matching, is ready for mass production.
In a world in which the security of monetary transactions and communication privacy can be easily compromised, Card Tech®, an Italian company active in the research, development and communication of mobile devices dedicated to security, after years of R&D has completed the industrial engineering phase of the Smart Card project. A business intuition that has taken shape, thanks to the concurrent development of the latest and most modern technologies available, has required an investment of approximately 4 million euros and which, for the industrialisation process, has seen the involvement of an established global players in the production of electronic components.
Card Tech®’s patented ISO-compliant system-on-card solution uses IDEX’s flexible best-in-class swipe sensor, based on IDEX’s patented two part SmartFinger technology which is ideally suited for integration into cards. Due to separation of the sensor from the silicon, IDEX has enabled Card Tech® and it’s tier one manufacturing partner to industrialise the first mass production ready biometric system-on-card integrating a thin, flexible fingerprint sensor meeting ISO standards for compatibility with existing global card infrastructure. IDEX’s polymer fingerprint sensor enables biometric system-on-cards compliant not only the physical dimensions, but also with the required bending resistance specified in ISO 7810. A silicon die based sensors would be brittle and more likely to break. The partnership with Card Tech® and IDEX, a Norwegian based partner for the fingerprint sensing technologies, started in 2011, and offers supreme biometric performance in ISO-standard cards enabled by IDEX Smartfinger customised miniature sensors and unique IDEX biometric algorithms developed specifically over the last 5 years to deliver a “match on card” solution with market leading processing efficiency for stand alone operation.
BIOMETRIC SYSTEM-ON-CARD MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
Smart Card by Card Tech® integrates an advanced capacitive biometric sensor and has inside a biometric algorithm on a separate micro-controller that performs the functions of real-time reconstruction of the image and its comparison with the user's fingerprint. It has a “match-on-card” biometric controller for maximum security and privacy, which performs verification of the user's biometric data inside the device, without the need for external databases or other readers. The sensor, thin and flexible, is integrated with minimal dimensions in the 0.76 mm thickness of the Smart Card, according to ISO 7810ID-1, the same international standard of common payment cards.
A number of patents, granted internationally, protect and ensure the technological uniqueness on the market of the Biometric Smart Card engineered by Card Tech®. In line with the current ISO 7810 ID-1 compatibility standards, it can be read by all smart card readers on the market and is identical to any badge or card in its external appearance. The real peculiarity resides inside the device, where the fingerprint sensor, which activates the Smart Card only when the rightful owner is authenticated by swiping on the sensor itself, is found.
The biometric data of the card owner (so-called template) is a simplification of the user's real fingerprint and can in no way be traced back to him. For an additional level of security, the data is stored in an encrypted memory inside the card, resistant to physical and logical attacks, from which it cannot be extracted.