Research: The Rise of Biometric Cards – Edition June 2018

By | June 13, 2018

This is a research about Biometric Smart Cards updated to June 2018. The data presented have been collected through various means, including interviews with company representatives, shareholders, researchers, developers, and people involved professionally in the smart card and biometric industry. The views and opinions expressed in this research are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the mentioned companies or organizations. The authors are neither sponsored nor paid by any of the companies mentioned in this work.

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In this research I will reference to a smart card that embeds a fingerprint sensor using the terms ‘Biometric Card’, ‘Biometric Smart Card’ or ‘BSC’. Biometric Smart Cards for payment application will be referred as BPC that stands for Biometric Payment Card. FPC is also an abbreviation of ‘Fingerprint Card’ but I am not going to use it because it’s often used in the biometric industry to identify the Swedish company Fingerprint Cards.

Should you have any comment about this research you are welcome to contact me or Jean-François Mainguet.

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