IDEX Biometrics ASA and Linxens Holding SAS announced an agreement whereby Linxens becomes a global provider of IDEX’s complete biometric smart-card turnkey solution, leveraging the technologies and expertise of both companies. This enables card-manufacturers to expedite development of smart cards incorporating the highest performing fingerprint-sensor available.
Under the agreement IDEX customers will receive a turnkey solution integrating:
IDEX Biometrics’ TrustedBio™ biometric module, consisting of a fingerprint sensor coupled with a microcontroller executing proprietary imaging algorithms;
Linxens’ BioLAM® card inlay, providing optimized connectivity and NFC antenna design; and
Linxens’ EMV1 module, consisting of an optimized contact plate packaged with a SLC38 security microcontroller, the latest generation secure element from Infineon Technologies AG.
The SLC38 will have the following proprietary software pre-encoded:
IDEX Biometrics’ customized Java Card operating system, designed to maximize the biometric functionality; and
IDEX Biometrics’ special-purpose Java applets, assuring full transactional interoperability with EMV-compliant networks.
Smart card manufacturers may customize elements of the solution, depending on the application. The solution will be compliant with standard smart card manufacturing equipment and hot lamination processes.
Vince Graziani, Chief Executive Officer of IDEX Biometrics, stated, “We are delighted to announce this important collaboration with Linxens, the global leader in smart card inlays, NFC antennas, and contact plates. The combination of design leadership, technical expertise, and high-quality manufacturing has made Linxens the leading supplier to smart card manufacturers. With seven manufacturing facilities around the world and a new biometric “center of excellence” in its plant in Mantes-la-Jolie, France, Linxens brings strong commitment to facilitating the rapid growth of smart cards incorporating fingerprint authentication. This combined solution allows smart card manufacturers to substantially reduce design time, minimize manufacturing and supply chain challenges, and accelerate time to market, which all contribute to lower costs.”
Cuong H. Duong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Linxens, commented, “This development with IDEX Biometrics is well-timed, given the momentum IDEX Biometrics has established with its TrustedBio / SLC38 reference design. We anticipate our collaboration with IDEX Biometrics will be a strong contributor to our strategic initiative in fingerprint biometrics, which we believe is quickly becoming a key component of authentication and data security across card-based applications including payments, access control, healthcare, transportation, and a range of identification uses.”