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Pilot of IDEMIA-FPC Biometric Payment Card Gets Underway in Japan

FIND BIOMETRICS.COM – “…IDEMIA’s F-Code revolves around fingerprint authentication. It features an embedded Fingerprint Cards sensor, designed to confirm users’ identities as they process a transaction, replacing the PIN-based security of contemporary chip cards.”

The first major pilot of biometric payment card solution from IDEMIA and Fingerprint Cards is no getting underway.

The project was first announced last November, when IDEMIA revealed that Japanese credit card company JCB would launch its F-Code biometric card to its customers. The financial services firm is now closer to realizing that goal, announcing that this month it’s proceeding with a pilot trial in which its ‘JCB Biometrics Card’ is being issued to its employees.

Like other emerging biometric payment card solutions, IDEMIA’s F-Code revolves around fingerprint authentication. It features an embedded Fingerprint Cards sensor, designed to confirm users’ identities as they process a transaction, replacing the PIN-based security of contemporary chip cards.

In its iteration as the JCB Biometrics Card, at least in the initial employee pilot, the card’s operation will require users to register their fingerprints on a mobile app before they can start making purchases, JCB said in a statement announcing the project. The company did not offer a timeline for the pilot, but said that its purpose is “to validate whether the solution is convenient for consumers and practical” for payment transactions.

The F-Code Biometric Credit Card is Coming to Japan

Posted on November 7, 2017

“The F-Code solution is an otherwise normal payment card that features a built-in fingerprint sensor, which is used to authenticate a user at the time of a transaction, effectively replacing the need for a PIN.”

With excitement over biometric payment cards now firmly beyond the boiling point, one of the first major deployments might be about to take shape in Japan. IDEMIA (formerly OT-Morpho) has announced a new partnership with Japanese credit card company JCB that will see the latter introduce IDEMIA’s F-Code solution to its customers.

The biometric payment card solution was demonstrated at this year’s Mobile World Congress by Oberthur Technologies, shortly before the company officially merged with Safran Identity & Security to form OT-Morpho, which later rebranded to IDEMIA. The F-Code solution is an otherwise normal payment card that features a built-in fingerprint sensor, which is used to authenticate a user at the time of a transaction, effectively replacing the need for a PIN.

It’s one of multiple emerging solutions as various fingerprint sensor specialists and major payments services firms like Mastercard have sought to pioneer the biometric payment card concept. While Mastercard’s partner IDEX has indicated that those companies are expecting a mass rollout of the technology early next year, IDEMIA and JCB’s partnership announcement offered no timeline for the deployment of their solution. But the announcement itself may be an indication that a launch is slated for the near future.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 19, 2018 at 06:08PM

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