Next chosen for 3 biometric smartcard pilots
31 October 2018 13:02 GMT

Next has announced that its advanced large-area biometric sensor has been selected for three new smart card pilot projects through its cooperation with Tactilis, Singapore.

A global organization has signed a letter-of-intent for the pilot projects with NEXT smart card partner Tactilis with the purpose of validating the concepts of biometric system-on-card technology when deployed for three different applications, all of which have potential global impact. The projects require smart card systems offering government grade biometric performance, multifunction capabilities and advanced management of user data and credentials.  

"These pilots represent new smart card applications for which our large sensors offer a unique combination of high-security and ease-of-use," said Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics. "We're very pleased to see that our cooperation with Tactilis is opening new market segments that will help accelerate global adoption of biometric smart cards." 

All three pilot projects are to be conducted in Asia and are planned to start in the first quarter of 2019. They require performance similar to the mandatory requirements of the Aadhaar program in India. NEXT Biometrics' large-area fingerprint sensors are already certified for the world's largest biometric program, having been qualified through a rigorous testing regime and review processes to ensure uncompromised security and compliance with real-life usage requirements in India.

"The pilots represent new high-value biometric applications for which our smart card solution featuring NEXT sensor technology is a perfect fit," said Tactilis founder and CEO, Michael Gardiner. "It is yet another important step forward for us as a company following the recently announced public market transaction with Global Invacom Group."

NEXT expects to provide additional information related to the pilot projects and the unidentified global organization before the end of the year.