Zwipe changes biometric payment cards for access control applications

Zwipe is entering the field of access control with a new biometric card solution that will allow two-factor authentication. The solution is essentially a modified version of the company’s biometric payment card platform and is achieved through collaborations with LeGrand, Southco and HID Global.

In practice, the Zwipe access control solution will likely work much like the company’s biometric payment cards, which use fingerprint authentication to enable contactless transactions. Cardholders will be able to present cards to a traditional card scanner, in the same way they would present a payment card at a payment terminal. The card acts as a physical security token, and the built-in fingerprint sensor complements that with an additional layer of biometric identity verification.

The Zwipe offering will be compatible with standard access control readers, so organizations can implement the solution without updating their physical infrastructure. All of the company’s partners are well-established players in the field of access control. HID Global’s mobile access solution has been installed at facilities in Russia and Guatemala. LeGrand provides security solutions for commercial and residential buildings, and Southco designs and manufactures its own access control solutions.

Zwipe presents the new solution on its stand at TRUSTECH 2021. The event started on November 30 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The first product to emerge from the current partnership is an access control solution for data centers which is being developed in collaboration with the Raritan subsidiary of LeGrand.

“With Zwipe’s advanced biometric authentication technology platform, Zwipe is ready to enter adjacent markets, starting with access control,” said Zwipe CEO André Løvestam. “We see a real need for much stronger access control solutions and are confident that our biometric card solution will address many security concerns in this space. I am convinced that access control and identification will be an important business line for Zwipe in the future.

Zwipe hopes to capture part of a multi-billion dollar access control industry. The company’s biometric payment card business has recently gained traction in Africa and the Middle East.

December 1, 2021 – by Eric Weiss

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