Exclusive partnership signals the future of biometric payments

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Idemia has obtained, as planned, the ICCN security certificate from EMVCo, for the next generation biometric card secure chip, for which Zwipe has secured worldwide distribution rights.This is a major step forward for the two companies in delivering on the joint vision of an affordable biometric card for all.

In a context where global demand for contactless payments is booming, biometric cards are best placed to ensure secure, hygienic and convenient payments. The exclusive partnership and distribution agreement between Idemia and Zwipe aims to promote biometric card as the reference for tomorrow’s contactless payments.

The ICCN security certificate is a key milestone towards the next generation biometric card and confirms Idemia's expertise in the field of payments and biometrics. Zwipe's biometric payment chip complies with the most demanding performance and security criteria for a safe and convenient payment experience.

Ready-to-roll-out in the second half of 2021, the new generation biometric cards, FCODE Gen2 for Idemia, and the Zwipe Pay One technology platform for Zwipe, will offer state-of-the art performance and security, as per market and schemes requirements. Idemia leverages its unique combination of payment, biometrics technologies and expertise to drive adoption, and accelerate market growth together with Zwipe.

“With this new generation of biometric cards, we want to shape the future of payment and to offer an unparalleled and affordable technological experience, accessible to all. We are proud that Idemia's cutting-edge technology can deliver a new, more secure user experience to the market. Our ambition is to make biometric card a reality and more than ever, we are on the right track”, said Amanda Gourbault, Idemia’s Executive Vice-President Financial Institutions.

“The ICCN security certificate from EMVCo is an important step towards offering Zwipe Pay One to our global customer network. This disruptive biometric technology platform, combined with our deep technical and market expertise, is what makes Zwipe the natural One Stop Shop for all smart card manufacturers aiming to meet the soaring demand from issuers and consumers for a more convenient, truly contact free payment experience”, said André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

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