SmartMetric Inc. has announced its plans to launch a smart card with an integrated fingerprint scanner. This technology will be combined with the EMV chip and will replace the need to use a PIN in the next generation of banking and credit cards.
The SmartMetric Fingerprint Card aims to add greater security to banking cards by adding fingerprint biometric capabilities to the card. The SmartMetric Fingerprint Card will use the same EMV chip and will be compatible with existing terminals.
SmartMetric is currently completing a mass production manufacturing facility in Latin America that will make the cards. Production of the fingerprint activated card technology is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2012.