Zwipe, a biometrics company specializing in fingerprint scanning smart cards, has joined the aptiQ Alliance Program, a global coalition of companies that has embraced aptiQ smart card security. As part of the group, Zwipe is now in a position to provide biometric authorization for users of aptiQ card readers, which are made by Allegion.
In a statement, Allegion Director of Technology Alliances Diane Kehlenbeck explained Zwipe’s unique value as a member of the aptiQ Alliance Program, noting that the company “offers a unique credential-based biometric solution to the market that complements the aptiQ portfolio of products.”
Zwipe’s smart cards use embedded fingerprint scanners that are capable of rendering 3D scans. Moreover, Zwipe’s cards work with aptiQ and XceedID card readers, since they allow proximity swiping and support aptiQ’s MIFARE and MIFARE DESFire EV1 technologies. This means aptiQ’s customers are already in a position to use Zwipe smart cards, and there is no need for any hardware upgrades.
It’s a smart move for Zwipe as it brings about further opportunities to have its smart cards integrated into other systems – a business strategy that has paid off for the company before, as in the case of its partnership with HID Global last month. Zwipe has also found success integrating its technology directly into partner’s products, as in the case of the biometric credit card it developed with MasterCard last fall. Then, as now, the company has brought its technology to the table to forge partnerships that have paid off for all concerned.