Smart Card applications


High performance, fully flexible fingerprint sensor for smart cards

Driven by highly attractive value propositions, the market for biometric smart cards is expected to grow to several 100’eds of millions of units annually over the next few years.

There are four main applications for biometric cards: Government ID, Retail Banking payments, Financial Inclusion paymnets and Corporate Access. These applications vary significantly in terms of their value propositions, biometric performance, organizational and commercial requirements. Critical factors of market implementations are detailed for each segment.

The key variables determining performance requirements and success of product implementation are whether the application…

  • Is security or convenience focused ?
  • Needs to work for close to 100% of its targeted users ?
  • Requires contact or contactless readers ?
  • Requires compliance with smart card industry bendability standards ?
  • Requires centralized or remote enrollment ?
  • Requires interoperability ?
  • Is cost sensitive (cost of total system) ?
  • Is to be used in clean/easy or in harsh environment ?

Going forward, pilots and mass market-relevant implementations will, in all major market segments, prove that large sensor formats (169 mm2 and above) are critical for long term project success. This opinion has strong support in science, tests, standard and certification requirements, and biometric sensor industry experience.

Sensor size
Sensor size is the dominating variable determining sensor system performance. One touch enrollment ...Enabling remote enrollment

NEXT full physical flexibility fingerprint sensor


Key features of NEXT Biometrics solutions for smart cards:

Large size sensor
With an active area of just over 200 mm², NEXT’s flexible sensor solution meets and exceeds the requirement of 169 mm² specified in ISO/IEC 17839-2: 2015 (Biometric System-on-Card: physical characteristics).

Full physical flexibility
Biometric smartcards with NEXT’s flexible sensor have been proven to withstand dynamic and torsional bending as per ISO/IEC 10373-1:2006.

Proven biometric performance
Through independent 3rd party testing, performance of <2% FRR at 0.01% has been documented for NEXT’s sensors in real-world testing conducted according to ISO/IEC 19795 (Biometric performance testing and reporting). Testing of NEXT sensors have been carried out using multiple leading biometric algorithms ranked as top performers in US NIST MINEX test.

Thanks to large size of our sensor and the resulting large size fingerprint image compatible with ISO 19794-4, any industry standard minutiae based algorithm can be used with NEXT’s sensors. This makes our sensor solution compatible with open standards for fingerprint data, including ISO 19794-2 and ANSI 378.

Pricing enabling mass adoption
Our flexible sensor solution is available at pricing levels similar to small size silicon sensors, offering the best cost per active sensing area.

Related products:

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


Meeting all critical requirements
Security - User experience - Enrollment quality and costs - Physical robustness - Interoperability - Costs efficient - All relevant ISO-standards