The biometric smart cards are equipped with NEXT’s large-area, fully flexible fingerprint sensor and Softlock’s operating system plus Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and biometric applets.

The smart cards will be used for secure 2-factor authentication and as main element in an initiative to introduce a higher level of security in e-government projects. They will replace less secure PKI-based tokens plus PIN code in favor of the unambiguous authentication with the user’s fingerprint.

“We are very pleased that the joint solution has now entered testing stage,” said Alain Faburel, NEXT Biometrics Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “Biometric 2-factor authentication offers a high level of security combined with user convenience and holds good potential in e-government, enterprise, healthcare and many more application areas.”

“NEXT’s proven and superior fingerprint sensor technology ideally complements our information security solutions,” said Magdy Sharawy, CEO of Softlock. “A seamless and intuitive end user experience is key for the adoption and success of security solutions.”

The current testing phase will be followed by a pilot project of the solution during 2020.


About NEXT Biometrics:
NEXT provides advanced fingerprint sensor technology that delivers uncompromised security and accuracy for the best possible user experience in the smart card, government ID, access control and notebook markets. The company’s patented NEXT Active Thermal™ principle allows the development of large, high quality fingerprint sensors in both rigid and flexible formats. NEXT Biometrics Group ASA ( is headquartered in Oslo, with sales, support and development operations in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Prague, Bengaluru and Shanghai.

About Softlock:

Softlock is a regional leader in Information Security providing technology, state of the art solutions, consulting, integration and testing services to protect the information assets, identities and the supporting infrastructure against unauthorized use. Softlock provides unique products and solutions, which cover many security areas fulfilling customers need in different markets sectors. We provide a set of products and solutions covering the following areas: Software protection, data encryption, security hardware, digital signature, secure identification and authentication, secure online distribution of digital contents.

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Softlock Media contact:
Manal Ashraf,

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