Zwipe announces proximity card functionality
09 October 2014 20:47 GMT

The wirelessly powered Zwipe biometric card lets users authenticate themselves directly on the ISO-standard thickness card.

Biometric card makers Zwipe today announced new functionality that means proximity card readers, as well as smart card readers, will be able to use their cards.

Zwipe’s solution is an on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology that resides on the contactless Zwipe Access biometric card.

Because firms can use existing proximity card readers, Zwipe says its card presents an “easy, low cost way for organizations to provide a biometric upgrade to access control system”.

"While our original biometric card has been popular with smart card reader users, proximity readers continue to be the de facto standard for access control throughout the world," said Kim Humborstad, Zwipe CEO.

"Working with proximity readers now lets more end-users use biometrics on high security openings, such as a hospital pharmacy, IT server room or special research lab, without having to switch out their proximity readers for biometric readers."

The wirelessly powered Zwipe biometric card lets users authenticate themselves directly on the ISO-standard thickness card using their fingerprint, in only one second.

Only the authorized card holder can activate card communication with the reader. When a positive match is obtained, the Zwipe biometric card will commence encrypted communication with the lock or reader in the same way as other ISO 14443 standard contactless smart cards.

The biometric card is DESFIRE EV1 and MIFARE Classic compatible. Without having to change existing readers, the card is claimed to be able to provide an easy, low cost way for organizations to provide a biometric upgrade to access control systems using smart card readers or multi-technology readers that also read smart cards.

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