Dear Partners,

We are pleased to inform you that we have recently released the following deliverables:

Firmware 1.5.0 for MorphoWave™ Compact

With the Firmware release 1.5.0, IDEMIA brings the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to MorphoWave Compact’s biometric engine: deep learning techniques are now used in conjunction with IDEMIA’s fundamental biometric technology principles to push again the boundaries of fingerprint identification.

MorphoWave Compact’s new AI-based embedded biometric engine delivers an 85% increase in matching speed, which translates to a 25% increase in throughput of over 50 people per minute per access point. The algorithms further increase matching accuracy, enable higher capacity (up to 100,000 users for one-to-many identification) and bring particular benefit when dealing with the most challenging fingerprints.

This release offers additional improvements (customization, webserver localization, user access schedule, etc.) and fixes. See the release notes for more details.

MorphoKit 5.25.0 for Windows, Linux and Android platforms

–         The Android package now supports the armeabi-v7a ARM embedded application binary interface

–         The Linux package now supports Ubuntu 18.04

–         The Android and Linux packages include a MultiFingerAcquisition Component for MorphoWave Compact.

Android QuickLoader Library V1.0.0 for CBM-V3/E3, MSO 1300 V3/E3 and MSO 1350 V3/E3

This .aar library can be integrated into customer application. It calls the QuickLoader app to upgrade firmware and allows silent upgrade.

Do you use contactless payment?

If you are used to contactless payment, the partnership to be described interests you. In the other hand, if you are not used, it’s an opportunity to know about this upcoming innovation.

Two  leading companies, IDEMIA and ZWIPE, in their respective segments, Augmented Identity and Payments Technology, have signed a partnership and distribution agreement for the development of a high tech disruptive payment platform. The companies are co-investing in this  platform combining biometrics and payment cards.

This shared vision between companies will significantly reduce the complexity and the cost of biometric payment cards, from design passing by operation and final production. The objective is to provide cutting-edge technology on payments with mass volume of cards. As a consequence the price related to biometric cards will drop considerably.

Technically, the number of components in the card will be reduced to ONE. A single chip will do the job of a secure element, a microcontroller and other thirty external components previously required on the PCB (Printed Circuit Board).

The biometric card allowing the replacement of 4 digits code to your fingerprint will take off after 2020. The new technology will be available in 2020, but high volume and affordability will happen in 2021.

One of the great impacts will be contactless payment without a maximum quote/ payment ceiling.

< This is a strategic, high profile project for IDEMIA. We are very excited about what this platform will enable in terms of market growth and the penetration of biometric payment cards. IDEMIA is delighted to partner with Zwipe, a company with a solid intellectual property portfolio and an expanding global customer network; we are confident that our new solution will command a leading position in the marketplace. >
Amanda Gourbault, Executive Vice-President for Financial institutions activities at IDEMIA

When the biometric card becomes available, Zwipe will have the right to commercialize it worldwide and provide to other manufacturers the solution in payment cards, wearables and other payment solutions. Idemia on its side has the ownership of the technology and will commercialize the FCODE solution, the already existing biometric card to Financial Institutions Customers.

Again Idemia is impacting the market with a disruptive solution, bringing the right partner to add value and drive a tremendous growth in biometric cards market.

<We are excited and proud to enter a significant partnership with IDEMIA, a prominent global industry leader. The platform represents a technological leap that will serve as a catalyst to enable full biometric payment card costs to come down significantly, driving mass volume market growth and complementing our current and future product portfolios. We look forward to bringing this platform to our customers to continue to shape the biometric payments industry.>
André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe


Authentication by biometric devices is a trend nowadays. Since it’s a new and convenient technology, customers worldwide are still discovering its simple and secured features which are being deployed everywhere.

  • It’s already in our routine

How do you unlock your smartphone? How many times per day?  Pin codes have been replaced by biometric authentication, in which fingerprint and facial scan are taking the lead. The offered convenience impacts directly  the way we interact with devices. For instance a person unlocks her/his smartphone 52 times per day on average, a teenager or millennial, 152 times a day. Beyond the practical side, the action itself is secured and allows the adoption of biometrics in other fields as people are getting more and more used. Facial, fingerprint, voice or iris are the main forms of biometrics in a daily basis deployment.

78% of global consumers have tried some form of biometric authentication.

If it’s impressive that 78% of global consumers have already tried some sort of biometric authentication, most of these users, 74%,  see the technology as a positive game changing which facilitates everyday lives.

63% of them have tried fingerprints

25% of them have tried facial biometrics

20% have used iris recognition

  • Convenience is better: no more PIN

The fear of identity theft was number 1 answer of global customers, 37% said that it would turn them off from using biometric technology. But the technology convenience would step ahead this feeling of fear. Instead of using a PIN for credit card, customers said it’s safer and more comfortable to store biometric data directly on their cards.

You will never forget your fingerprint.

Three major interests of consumers are checked by biometric technology: Security, convenience and privacy.

61% of global consumers have an average of more than 10 transactions a month using payment cards at physical stores/ merchants. We can consider that most part of them surpass 30 transactions. For these consumers, forgetting their card PIN is similar to a nightmare. In the last 18 months, 54% of global consumers have forgotten  their PIN code, to avoid this headache, 82% said they would replace normal PIN by biometric authentication while using credit cards.

One of the big advantages of biometric authentication is the unlimited ceiling for contactless payments, beyond the security and convenience it can offer. 72% of customers would accept a biometric card offering the three major concerns.

IDEMIA is on top of this technology and has been developing the FCODE card, which has an integrated fingerprint sensor. This fingerprint sensor allows a rapid verification of the biometric data stored in the card and the fingerprint presented when a contactless transaction happens. IDEMIA doesn’t store the biometric data or any information, it’s all stored in the credit card. Each consumer can handle his data with simple and easy enrolment solution.

82% of consumers worldwide are prepared to use fingerprint scan instead of classic pin

Other areas are already applying  biometric technology in order to simplify everyday tasks.

  • More than just payment cards

The biometric technology deployment continues in a global scale and consumers start realizing how beneficial it is to use. For example, 43% of global consumers would use a biometric card for a building access and 32% want the technology integrated to transportation pass.

43% of global consumers would like to use a biometric card to gain access to a secured building.

The future of these cards looks very promising, indeed – and we’re proud to be a part of it.

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In order to reinforce the security in public and private areas, IDEMIA, the world leader in augmented identity launched its new generation application for video analysis.

Thanks to Augmented Vision, security workers will be allowed to identify suspected people in real time and accelerate the investigation as soon as the event occurs. This new cutting-edge technology helps to strengthen security in high circulation places such as airports, train stations, stadiums, sports arenas, stores and shopping malls. It can also be placed at show sites and entertainment areas for accurate surveillance.

Augmented Vision has numerous assets:

  • Fast and accurate functioning in real-time;
  • Several algorithms for video analytics all-in-one: face, outline, vehicles, number plates, objects;
  • Real-Time face recognition technology highly accurate and tested by NIST (FIVE 2017);

It can also be settled in CCTV solutions or access control systems:

  • Video Analytics : While a suspected person is detected in the video, the AV solution will trigger a warning for the surveillance team. Augmented Vision is blended in normal monitoring systems, with classic cameras situated in public or private areas, thus IDEMIA contributes to upraise security systems.
  • Access Control: the security system can automatically refuse access when a suspect tries to get into a non-authorized zone. And It can also identify a group of people by distinguishing and authorizing some VIPs or employees to secured zones.

This application leans on IDEMIA’s expertise, in particular on its  face recognition technology which allows great efficiency and accuracy for image and video analysis.

«Augmented Vision leverages all of IDEMIA’s latest technologies to offer a complete and accurate solution based on our leadership in biometric capture and analysis as well as real-time video data analysis. With this new analytics application, we enhance security, increase throughput while improving user experience. »
Philippe Barreau, IDEMIA Executive Vice President of the Public Security & Identity Business Unit

«With Augmented Vision, we give our Partners the capability to capitalize upon existing video surveillance infrastructures with biometric access control. It paves the way for our next facial recognition-based innovations for access control and time & attendance applications. »
Yves Portalier Executive Vice President of the Connected Objects Business Unit

As biometrics turn to be the imperative feature in airports all over the world, a question surrounding the move from authentication to identification is asked quite often. Should airports move from 1:1 to 1:N? Passengers ask for a seamless travelling experience and on the other hand airports like it.

How has the airport experience changed with the advent of biometric technologies?

Everyone who has travelled in airport knows that each company and airport has its own way to serve the customer, varying enormously from how they verify identity, information and how they follow procedures. This is a point-by-point approach, which is the norm nowadays, the idea with biometrics technology is to simplify this approach to a connected approach, seamless and shared: A common biometric database allowing an interexchange of identities’ information and verified travels between airlines and airports is a key point for a maximum of effiency, fast and soft experience to travelers, airports and border control.

IDEMIA as the world leader of augmented identity knows how to make this swift for airports and airlines to improve operational workflow and operability .

 What is authentication and identification in biometrics?

Biometric authentication, as the name says, authenticates your biometric template (store datapoint of your face, fingerprint, vein…) against one that is supposed to be yours: it’s a one-to-one match or 1:1 (e.g. the biometric stored in a travel document or in a database). On the other hand: biometric identification, is when your biometric template is searched in a database containing stored biometric templates– This is the ‘one-to-many’ match or 1:N.

IDEMIA has both solutions to handle customer’s needs.

Thinking of three key points,  IDEMIA offers its biometric solutions for:

  • Optimized Traveling experience: Faster and with easy capture of high quality biometric data, the traveler has a seamless experience when moving from point A to point B, this softened experience offers more comfort and well being to passengers because of: Less queues, intuitive procedure and fast identification.
  • Accuracy and performance: As an unique feature of you, biometrics work in an automated environment with a high level of performance. The data itself can be analyzed and improved when atypical situations occur.
  • Integration: Workflows and communication is a turning point with biometrics, the data integration and processes are a crucial advantage to be shared and improved.

Are there privacy issues that must be overcome if airports have to continue to embrace this idea of seamless flow?

A strong data privacy is demanded while handling citizens’ data,  the travel industry will have to adapt to the evolving regulation.

With long experience on biometric field, IDEMIA provides support in order to facilitate the understanding and clarify the questions of a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) needed by GDPR.