Samsung launches industry first solution for biometric payment cards

Samsung Electronics has released its new fingerprint security designed to improve the confidence of biometric payment cards.

The new security IC ─ S3B512C ─ solution is EMVCo and Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 6+ certified and performs in line with Mastercard’s latest Biometric Evaluation Plan Summary specifications for biometric payment cards.

It claims this is the industry’s first all-in-one security chip solution that reads biometric information through a fingerprint sensor, stores and authenticates encrypted data with a tamper-proof SE, and analyses and processes data via a secure processor.

Its three key functions are integrated into a single chip so card manufacturers can reduce the number of chips needed and optimise the design process for biometric payment cards.

This new solution will allow biometric payment cards to complete transactions faster. Biometrics foregoes the need for PINs and prevents stolen cards being used for transactions.

To accurately verify a user’s identity, it leverages a fingerprint authentication and secure processor that extracts and analyses unique features of a fingerprint placed on the sensor.

Samsung Electronics vice president Kenny Han said, “S3B512C combines a fingerprint sensor, Secure Element (SE) and Secure Processor, adding an extra layer of authentication and security in payment cards.

“The S3B512C is primarily designed for payment cards but can also be used in cards that require highly secured authentications such as student or employee identification, membership or building access.”

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