SmartMetric, a developer of biometric and smart card technologies, has created a smart card that functions much more as a credit card-sized computer rather than an ID card. The card includes a processor, more than a gigabyte of memory, a rechargeable battery and a fingerprint sensor for securing the functions on the card.
The company is touting the device as a technologically advanced portable biometric system and the only fingerprint scanner contained on a card that can be used for physical access control and online network authentication.
The intention is to push this card into the credit and bank card industry to remove the need for passwords, PINs and signatures for both in-person and online transactions. The card can be used online via a USB adapter.