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By Rich Handley

Identiv, Zwipe Team Up to Provide Biometric Access

Identiv has announced that it has partnered with biometric technology company Zwipe for access control card formatting services. Identiv's U.S.-based card service bureau is programming the RFID chips in Zwipe's biometric credential line, providing all physical access control system formats from Identiv's portfolio.

In order to encode its biometric cards in a variety of formats, Zwipe connected with Identiv. Through this collaboration, Zwipe's customers can order its access-control products pre-formatted with 125 KHz and 13.56 MHz smart card formatting schemes, enabling integration with end-customer systems without the need for additional card-formatting services by the integrator.

"Identiv is seeing strong growth in the interest for biometric-enabled access-control solutions," said Stephane Ardiley, Identiv's director of product management, in a prepared statement. "Zwipe's credential products are very user friendly and offer a fast, efficient way for customers to upgrade to a biometric security level in their access control installations without the need to change their readers and back-end system. We see a good opportunity for Identiv by supplying formatting services for Zwipe cards, which we believe meets a strong, growing need in the marketplace."

Zwipe's biometric credentials are provided as credit card-sized cards with embedded biometric sensors for user enrollment and identity verification. After authentication is made via fingerprinting, the card's RFID interface is enabled, allowing it to behave like a typical access-control credential.

"We are very excited to work with Identiv, as it allows us to address a large segment of customers for the first time—not just in the U.S., but across the world — thanks to the company's expansive customer network," said Einar Boije, Zwipe's senior VP of access control, in the prepared statement. "With Identiv's capacity, we can now provide formatting services alongside our access control product lines, making it that much easier to integrate and deploy the world's smallest biometric reader."

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