Can Add Biometric ID without Replacing Card Readers with New Zwipe Biometric
Retailers Can Now Reduce Reliance on
Cards/Passwords for Authentication without Hardware Changes
OSLO, NORWAY -
June 24, 2014 - Moving the biometric technology from the
reader to the card, Zwipe's innovative on-card authentication gives
the ability to upgrade their access control systems to biometric practically
overnight. Eliminating the need to swap out traditional card readers for
biometric readers, Zwipe provides a simple and cost-effective solution for
biometric access control. The contactless Zwipe biometric card reads the
fingerprint in less than one second and, once verified, sends a signal to the
reader to unlock the door. This eliminates the risk of lost or stolen cards
being used for unauthorized access as well as strengthening the audit trail of
Eliminating the problems of solely deploying PINs and standard cards, the
contactless Zwipe biometric card lets retail employees authenticate themselves
directly on the card through something they are, a fingerprint. Only then will
the card system activate the lock. The on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D
capacitive technology resides on the contactless smart card which has universal
compatibility with all ISO 14443 contactless card readers. The Zwipe biometric
card is DESFIRE EV1 and MIFARE Classic compatible.
"In most cases, a retailer only has a few people at a few places where they
really need to deploy biometrics but changing out a card reader for a biometric
reader for only those people or locations is too expensive or too
emphasizes Zwipe CEO Kim Humborstad. "Using the biometric card is much more
secure than simply using a standard card, which verifies only something they
carry, a proximity or smart card."
The biometric card is safer to use than other available ID and authentication
solutions on the market today. The fingerprint data is captured by the on-card
fingerprint scanner and is thereafter encrypted and stored only inside the card.
No exchange of data is conducted with external systems. This provides secure
template management since the fingerprint never leaves the card. It also
eliminates user concerns with privacy issues. The card is unique to the user and
only the authorized card holder can activate card communication with the reader.
When a positive match occurs, the Zwipe biometric card will activate encrypted
communication with the existing lock or reader in the same way as
More information is available at www.zwipe.com.
Founded in 2009, Zwipe is a fast growing company in the center of a quickly
evolving industry. Zwipe has a strong portfolio of Patent Applications and is
continually developing more. The Zwipe product is a contactless card with which
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 an 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 www.zwipe.com or follow Zwipe on Twitter @zwipe.