Biometrics on Smart Cards

Apr 11, 2016 | News

id3 Technologies is delighted to announce today, a world premiere, that its biometric on-card comparison technology reached the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) MINEX III compliance.

In line with current trends in biometric technology such as digital identity and mobile banking, id3 Technologies unveils today a major breakthrough in fingerprint authentication, becoming the world’s first company to reach NIST MINEX III compliance with an algorithm running on a smart card. Compared to traditional biometric recognition systems, the biometric on-card comparison technology, also known as “match-on-card”, provides far better security and privacy for the end-user by removing the need for databases. The confidentiality of the biometric data is guaranteed by integrating both the storage and matching subsystems into a secure integrated circuit chip.

As demonstrated by NIST, the company’s latest algorithm meets the highest performance and interoperability requirements while remaining very fast and needing very low working memory. It is thus very easily embedded on existing secure platforms. It also targets the highest security criteria in the smart card industry by providing very low false match rates guaranteed regardless of the input fingerprint. This new version also introduces a score-level fusion feature which allows the user to authenticate using several fingers for even better security.

“These results prove once again that our biometric on-card comparison technology is able to compete with the best fingerprint recognition systems while offering much better security and privacy to the end-user”, says Jean-Louis REVOL, President of id3 Technologies.

The application of the match-on-card technology are numerous. It includes banking services with online shopping, home banking, credit cards. In various institutional sectors, it helps to protect personal identity and privacy of the user with identity cards, electronic voting, and health care services. Possible applications exist also on passports and other identity documents, making personal identification faster and more secure at borders.


Minutiae Interoperability Exchange (MINEX) III is a continuing test set up by NIST, to establish compliance of fingerprint template generators and template matchers for the U.S. Government’s Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program. This test supersedes the previous Ongoing MINEX test and implements new minimum accuracy specifications introduced in NIST Special Publication 800-76-2, with the primary objective to increase the precision and universal interoperability of biometric systems.

About id3 Technologies

id3 Technologies is a global provider of biometric, security and identity solutions. The company has been developing biometric systems for more than 20 years and is known as a precursor and a visionary in the field of fingerprint on-card comparison technology. Its skills in biometrics also include face and iris recognition. It has an international network of customers and partners and offers its services to high technology companies.