HID Global’s iCLASS and 125kHz ProxCard users can now integrate the Zwipe Access biometric card, eliminating the need to add biometric readers to an existing HID Global iClass or Prox-based system.

By providing authorized users with Zwipe Access biometric cards that interoperate with their existing iCLASS and 125 kHz ProxCard readers, these organizations can now benefit from leading-edge biometric authorization technology by simply incorporating the card into their existing systems in the same way they already incorporate proximity or HID Global smart cards, according to a press release describing the integration, which added that the Zwipe solution enables customers to extend the life of their existing infrastructure while simultaneously increasing its security.

With Zwipe’s patented on-card authentication technology, only the authorized card holder can activate card communication with the reader. This means no more lending or borrowing of ID badges to access buildings or networks. By upgrading the authentication from something the user carries (a card), to something they are (a fingerprint), the issues associated with a lost or stolen credential are dramatically reduced.

“As the largest smart and proximity card provider in the world, HID Global has thousands of users who would like to upgrade to biometric authorization, but may not have the budget or the resources to invest in biometric readers,” said Robert Fee, director of sales, Americas, Zwipe. “The Zwipe biometric card provides an easy, affordable option for security professionals to extend the use of their present card systems by adding biometrics for multi-factor, card-based, authentication.”

The problems associated with PINs and passwords are eliminated through the use of Zwipe’s biometric authentication technology. The on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology resides on the contactless smart card, which  utilizes an embedded HID Global 13.56MHz iCLASS or 125kHz Proximity transponder. The Zwipe biometric card is also compatible with MIFARE Classic and DESFIRE EV1.

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