Biometrics payment platform now supports access control

Gothenburg, Sweden

Fingerprint Cards AB (Fingerprints) has expanded its Biometric Software Platform (FPC-BEP) for access control solutions. Fingerprints has tailored its successful payments software platform to support access control device makers, card manufacturers and system integrators in adding biometric authentication to their logical and physical access implementations.

The platform combines with Fingerprints’ biometric sensors to optimise performance for two key access control scenarios: one-to-few and one-to-one authentication.

One-to-few sees biometric hardware and software integrated into the access control infrastructure of the building. A small set of biometric credentials (<200) can be enrolled onto the access control solution to enable employees or residents to authenticate and gain access.

One-to-one integrates the biometric sensor and software into a plastic card or wearable which is then issued to employees or residents. This approach can be used to add additional security to existing contactless access control infrastructure by simply issuing biometric-enabled cards, or as part of a new system that replaces keys and PINs. Users place their thumb or finger over the sensor when they tap the card to perform a multi-factor authentication and gain access.

“Biometrics is the perfect way to add convenience and security to access control solutions, as you assure that it is the right person that has the right access”, comments Michel Roig, SVP Payments & Access at Fingerprints. “This solution is built upon the success and R&D of our mobile and payments software platforms, which verify billions of touches per day, and enables access control stakeholders to layer additional security onto existing or new infrastructure. Both scenarios remove the risk of lost and stolen access cards and offer significantly higher security than PINs and keys. All while maintaining user convenience and privacy, which are fundamental.”

From a privacy perspective, users’ biometric credentials are converted into a biometric template during the enrollment process and can be encrypted on the device. If stolen, the templates cannot be reverse engineered to reveal the user’s biometric information.

According to the company,  extensive internal tests using the FPC Access sensor series show impressive biometric performance, and some of the best false acceptance rates (FAR) and false rejection rates (FRR), coupled with some of the fastest matching times available on the market.


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