Biometric Card for proximity and smart card systems

Nov. 19, 2014
Zwipe - ISC West 2015 Booth #5055

OSLO, NORWAY – February 5, 2015 –At ISC West in Las Vegas April 15-17, Zwipe will show attendees how its biometric card can now be used by organizations that want to add biometric authorization to their verification process without having to implement biometric readers by using presently installed proximity card or smart card readers. An on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology resides on the contactless Zwipe Access biometric card which is compatible with all popular ISO 14443 proximity and smart card readers as it is DESFIRE EV1 and MIFARE Classic. Without having to change out their existing card readers, the Zwipe Access biometric card provides an easy, low cost way for organizations to provide a biometric upgrade to access control systems using legacy proximity card or smart card readers.

            "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," adds 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."

            Zwipe Access biometric cards can be issued to key staff and personnel providing the enhanced security benefits of 2-factor biometric authentication without any changes to their existing access control system software or readers. They simply add the card into their system in the same way they incorporate their present proximity cards.

            Attendees can also learn about Zwipe’s new Card Management System, a cloud based fingerprint template management suite of tools that lets an administrator or integrator reissue a Zwipe Access credential to another employee if desired. With a click of a mouse, cards formerly assigned to employees that left the company or are no longer authorized to enter high security openings can be used by new users.

            Other improved performance features include a new wake-up design which reduces the possibilities of accidently turning on the Zwipe Access card. An advanced, cutting edge thin line fingerprint sensor improves image capture while new, refined algorithms further reduce the already low false rejection rate. In addition, a replaceable standard coin cell battery provides up to three years of life.

            The enhanced Zwipe Access biometric card features a clamshell design with a slot for a lanyard. The biometric card also accepts pressure-sensitive labels that let organizations personalize the credential by adding employee photographs, company logos, department codes and other information.

            "Eliminating the problems of solely deploying PINs and standard cards, the contactless Zwipe Access biometric card quickly reads the user’s fingerprint in less than a second," adds Humborstad. "Only then will the card system activate the lock. This is much more secure than simply using a standard smart or proximity card, which verifies only something users carry, the card itself."

            At ISC West, Zwipe will be in Booth 5055.

About Zwipe

Founded in 2009, Zwipe is a fast growing biometric authentication company in the center of a quickly evolving industry. Zwipe has a strong portfolio of Patent Applications and is continually developing more. The Zwipe core technology is a self contained biometric authentication engine applicable to a number of platforms, even to access cards. Users authenticate themselves not through something they know (pin/code) or solely carry (a standard card) but through something they are (their fingerprint). The card is based on a NFC (Near Field Communication) platform with no external database containing sensitive information as the fingerprint data is only stored inside the Zwipe card. To learn more about Zwipe, please visit or follow Zwipe on Twitter @zwipe.

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