Precise BioMatch® Card in the world’s first contactless biometric payment card

Precise BioMatch® Card in the world’s first contactless biometric payment card

AirPlus, a world leader in the field of corporate travel management, has carried out the world’s first successful use of a contactless biometric payment card with Precise BioMatch Card as part of the solution. Using the card, AirPlus’s travelers will be able to easily verify transactions through contactless payment.

Global acceptance and the use of fingerprint technology is increasing the level of interest in using the technology in more and more products. Payment vendors and card suppliers in particular can see major potential in integrating the technology into payment cards, as it enables greater convenience and more secure authentication at a reasonable cost. Payment cards contain an Embedded Secure Element (eSE), a processor chip that processes and stores sensitive data securely. Performing a fingerprint match in an eSE is a tough challenge, as the processors are limited in terms of speed and available memory for data storage. Furthermore, due to the cost, fingerprint sensors in a payment card must be very small, which sets even tougher demands on the software, which must be both efficient and powerful enough to meet the requirements for matching speed and biometric performance.

Using Precise Biometrics’ powerful and efficient algorithm solution optimized for smart cards, Precise BioMatch Card, fingerprint matching and storage of a template with information about the fingerprint can be performed inside an eSE. This reduces the risk of the fingerprint template being stolen and at the same time payment with the card becomes more convenient and more secure for the user.

AirPlus, a world leader in the field of corporate travel management, has chosen to integrate a fingerprint solution for biometric smart cards with Precise Biometrics’ software. The card, which is in a test phase, will provide AirPlus’s travelers with access to new, innovative technology that improves convenience and security in connection with contact and contactless transactions.