Smart Cards – Corporate Access

Fast and secure for all your employees


Value propositions

Dependent on company focus on security or convenience the customer requirements within this segment will vary.  Governmental, military or corporations with critical operational secrets will focus on the total system security. Others, may target simply to offer their employees faster and more convenient access to their office.

Major potential NEXT distribution partners in this segment are likely to target both the high end (security focused) and lower end (convenience focused) part of this market. Normally they will also target physical (doors, zones etc) and logical (notebooks, databases, payments etc) access functionality.

The NEXT solutions allows such partners to address all these segments providing high levels of user convenience and safety at uncompromised levels of security for close to 100% of the users.

Key requirements

A security focused corporate id-card must be able to serve very close to 100% of the targeted company employees.  Furthermore a significant percentage of the cards will be used in challenging environments both in terms of average finger quality and environmental conditions. In order to be relevant, testing for such markets need to be at Class 2 or Class 3 level.

The application will normally be organized with large sized sensors in a manned enrollment function allowing one-touch high quality enrollment. Multiple placements of fingers with subsequent stitching back to a full sized enrollments will not be accepted in this quality critical application (see stitching).

Enrolled prints (or print templates) will be stored according to national legislation and iso-standards allowing storage in centralized databases allowing efficient management of the employee cards and also for enrolled prints to be used by multiple sensor suppliers. Major customers will often not allow the financial or logistical risks of having a single source, proprietary system supplier.  Today all known small and medium sized sensor systems are based on proprietary (non-standard) solutions.  A large quality area sensor, adhering to industry standards enables interoperability (use by multiple sensor suppliers) at system level.

In security focused corporations, the application may not be allowed to offer any convenient pin-code or password fallback. The number of false rejections will thus need to be very low as the fallback solution at malfunction will typically be a visit to a manned reception, to see a supervisor or similar.

Fundamental requirements

These features are all critically important to customer project success.Comment:
– Ability to serve close to 100% of the targeted usersSensor size dependent
– Uncompromised security (FAR 1 in 10-100 k)Sensor size dependent
– Time-constant convenience (FRR <1% – 2%)Sensor size dependent
– Full physical flexibilityCard standards compliance
– Power consumption compatible with contact and contactless readersQ4-17/Q4-18 projects


Important features

These features may be subject to some compromises, but are still are all important to project success.Comment:
– Interoperability enrolled prints (non-proprietary solution)Sensor size dependent
– Ability to pass Class 2 and 3 testing regimesSensor size dependent
– System level speed in the 1-1.5 second range
– Logistical capability to serve 10 mill + yearly markets
– Realistic system level pricing


Related products:

SolutionActive sensing areaInterfaceSoftware/drivers
NB-0610-S Chipset11.9 x 17.9mmSPISelect embedded microprocessors


This segment can only be served by sensors meeting the ISO-requirement of 169 mm2 minimum sensor area.

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