– NEXT Biometrics and Tactilis today demonstrated the first smart card using flexible fingerprint sensor technology compliant with international standards. Tactilis has integrated NEXT’s advanced large area flexible sensor technology into its biometric-system-on-card (BSoC) to deliver a higher level of security and outstanding user experience for the financial, governmental and access control mass markets. The demonstration is taking place here this week at TRUSTECH 2017.

“NEXT’s advanced large-area flexible sensor delivers the security and reliability that will help move the use of biometric smart card technology into widespread adoption by the industry,” said Ritu Favre, CEO of NEXT Biometrics. “Working together with Tactilis we are able to deliver a product that can be manufactured in volume and which meets the stringent standards requirements demanded in real life implementations.”

The NEXT NB610 flexible fingerprint sensor has been incorporated into smart cards developed and manufactured by Tactilis that are compliant with the ISO 17839 standard defining the implementation of biometric system-on-a-card devices. This is the first ISO 17839 compliant smart card with flexible fingerprint sensor technology. Tactilis has already integrated NEXT’s non-flexible sensor, the NB 5510, into smart cards that are currently shipping to customers.

“We strongly believe large and flexible sensors are absolutely necessary to provide fast one-touch verification and exceptional user experience, while simultaneously providing the highest level of security for the card issuer and the card user,” said Michael Gardiner, CEO of Tactilis. “Ease of enrollment and the ability to work with existing installed infrastructure will also allow for rapid low-cost adoption. We partnered with NEXT because their sensor technology and long-term strategy help us deliver products that meet the new BSoC industry standards and user preferences necessary for mass market adoption”

NEXT Biometrics and Tactilis are demonstrating the new smart card during TRUSTECH Nov. 28-30 in Booth LER C019 at the Palais des Festivals.


About NEXT Biometrics

Enabled by its patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, NEXT Biometrics (nextbio.eternitygroup.dev) offers large high-quality area fingerprint sensors in both rigid and flexible formats. The sensors can be implemented in a wide range of product formats, including smart cards, notebooks, time and attendance, USB-sensors, smart card readers, secure tokens and access control systems, and many more.

NEXT Biometrics Group ASA is a publicly-listed company headquartered in Oslo, Norway and with sales, support and development subsidiaries in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Prague and Shanghai.


About Tactilis

Tactilis provides (www.tactilisltd.com) a biometric smart card that has the convenience and capability to replace all current forms of card identification and completes the chain of trust in identity and information security. The powerful biometric system-on-card utilizes a live fingerprint scanner to securely verify the cards rightful user’s identity and authorize transactions with a single touch of a finger. Multiple applications can be implemented within one card successfully.

Tactilis is headquartered in Singapore, having operations and development in Malaysia and Portugal and with sales in Hong Kong.


For additional information, please contact:

Investor Relations:

Ritu Favre (CEO), Ritu.Favre@NEXTbiometrics.com

Knut Stålen (CFO), Knut.Stalen@NEXTbiometrics.com



Tom Beermann, tom.beermann@NEXTbiometrics.com

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