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Zwipe Wins American SESAMES Innovation in Identification Award
Zwipe Wins American SESAMES Innovation in Identification Award (Jun 16, 2014). Contest honors most innovative technological applications developed for American market in smart cards, digital security, identification, secure transactions and contactless technology.
Zwipe Joins FIDO Alliance to Assure Open Authentication Solutions
Zwipe Joins FIDO Alliance to Assure Open Authentication Solutions (Jun 10, 2014). Committed to reducing the reliance on passwords-as-authentication through technical specifications that are open, scalable and interoperable.
Zwipe Introduces Fee as North American Director of Sales
Zwipe Introduces Fee as North American Director of Sales (Apr 7, 2014). 20 Year Veteran Will Introduce Biometric Contactless Card to North America.

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Product

    • Fingerprint scanner
      3D capacitive technology
      with liveness detection.

    • Fingerprint processor
      Fingerprint ID in less than
      1 second, on-card storage of fingerprint data.

    • LED's
      Green = Accepted
      Red = Try again

    • Contactless communication (NFC)
      ISO 14443 Desfire Ev1 and
      Mifare Classic compatible.

    • Energy source
      Battery or energy harvesting through NFC.

    • ID credentials
      Standard sticker card personalization
      for end user customization

    • Lanyard
      Carrying strap for standard lanyards

Application

Access control

Zwipe Access is a contactless card with full on-card fingerprint scanning and matching functionality. Zwipe is more secure, easier and faster than other available ID and authentication solutions on the market today, and it allows unique customer adaptions through multi-application functionality.

The fingerprint data is captured by the on-card fingerprint scanner and is thereafter stored only inside the card. All fingerprint related processes and matching is done on the card, and no exchange of data is conducted with external systems. When a positive match has occurred, Zwipe Access will activate encrypted communication with the lock or reader, In the same way as regular contactless cards.

If a perpetrator finds or steals the card, Zwipe Access will not work, as only the owner can activate the card communication. Therefore, lost or stolen cards are not a threat to the user or a source of worry. Zwipe Access can be used for whole installations, or for specific high security users in your system, while regular users have cards and FOBs from other providers.

The Zwipe card allows you to implement a full biometric fingerprint authentication solution to your system, without the need to change your reader/lock infrastructure, and without the need for the access control manager to handle sensitive fingerprint data, as those data are stored only on the Zwipe cards.

As the complete fingerprint process is done on the card, the only requirement to your infrastructure of locks and readers is that they are ISO 14443 Desfire EV1 or Mifare Classic compatible.
Implementing Zwipe Access is therefore a fast and efficient way to introduce biometric security to your organization

What is Biometrics?

Biometrics is the science and technology of measuring and analyzing something you "are". In information technology, biometrics refers to technologies that measure and analyze human body characteristics, such as DNA, fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns and facial patterns.

Authentication by biometric verification is becoming increasingly common in corporate and public security systems, consumer electronics and point of sale (POS) applications. In addition to security, the driving force behind biometric verification has been convenience. Biometric devices, such as finger scanners, consist of:

  • A reader or scanning device, that captures the biometric data e.g. a fingerprint scanner

  • A software that converts the scanned information into digital form and compares match points

  • A database that stores the biometric data for comparison

When a positive match has been verified by the data processing, an application specific function is enabled. This function could be to enable a function in a software, open a door, conduct a payment transaction etc. All biometric systems consist of these 3 generic factors, however there is a wide range biometric applications and more are being developed every day due to the high security and convenience factor of the biometric technologies.

Zwipe could use the general description above to describe our own solution. Zwipe implements a full on-card fingerprint system:
The 3D capacitive fingerprint scanner, the Zwipe proprietary algorithm software and a database that stores the fingerprint datasets used for matching.

Introduction to Biometric Systems

In the global biometric access control market there have traditionally been 2 types of biometric systems that are particularly popular:

  • MOC (Match On Card) systems:
    These systems rely on a smartcard that has the database and biometric processing software on the card and a card external biometric database. These systems are generally smart when you need a high number of users and a small amount of use-places. The smartcards can be cost efficient to issue in large numbers, however there is a need to invest in biometric scanning devices in all use-places for the system, and these systems are usually very cost driving.

  • Full biometric systems:
    These systems rely on investment in full biometric systems at every use place, and this is often very cost driving. such systems are usually only used in the very high security niche. An example of such a system could be the E-gate systems currently installed in several Schengen airports where facial, Iris and fingerprint biometrics are checked for frequent travellers with certain nationalities.

Zwipe is a full biometric system on-card that has the same cost advantage as regular MOC systems, but does not require any change to the reader/hardware infrastructure. Zwipe can be used with all ISO 14443 compatible systems allready in the market today.

Zwipe also has a distinct security advantage compared to full biometric systems, as the sensitive Biometric data in Zwipe is stored only on the card itself, and not in any external databases. There is legislation in place in many countries that severely restricts or forbids the storage of biometrics in large central databases, and this limits the use and deployment of full biometric systems that require card-external databases with biometric data.