Fingerprint sensor tech company NEXT Biometrics has joined forces with ABCorp to develop and commercialise biometric smart cards.

ABCorp offers a wide variety of products and services such as EMV and contactless payment credit and debit cards, instant issuance programmes, and digital and contactless solutions.

It has been involved in the design, manufacture, packaging, and distribution of dual-interface EMV cards.

Under the collaboration, ABCorp will club its expertise in secure manufacturing of EMV cards with NEXT`s fingerprint sensor technology.

The partners, through this alliance, intend to develop turn-key smart card solutions, which can boost the security and convenience of transactions.

NEXT Biometrics chief sales and marketing officer Alain Faburel said: “We are very pleased to team up with such a seasoned manufacturer of smart cards and secure documents.

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“ABCorp`s expertise entails every aspect of the card manufacturing process from handling of base materials and the interaction of diverse technological elements, including antennas and chips, up to the issuance of high-quality finished cards.

“This wealth of experience ideally complements the benefits of our superior large-area sensor technology for a carefree, outstanding end-user experience.”

In March this year, NEXT Biometrics signed an agreement  with WizCard on the development of biometric smart card solutions.

It partnered with M-Tech Innovations to develop and deploy biometric smart cards in India in February. The partnership will leverage on NEXT`s sensor technology and M-Tech smartcard manufacturing capabilities.