Story: New all-in-one biometric card created by an EIC-funded company, CardLab
CardLab, a leading technology manufacturer and provider from Denmark, has presented a biometric card system released in two versions - BASIC and ADVANCED. These Smart Cards aim to provide a secure option for storage of your personal information, including your identity card, passport, payment cards, and others. This technology is being developed within the scope of the QuardCard project that was funded by the EIC.
The company is releasing two different card options to offer a product that will guarantee maximum efficiency according to individual needs. The BASIC card system is ideal for contactless operations, dealing with NFC or Bluetooth, usually used for access control or in payment cards. While the ADVANCED card offers the capability of having various accounts in one single card, with a rechargeable battery and advanced security settings. Moreover, it is possible to connect your smart card with other devices, such as your smartphone or PC.
CardLab included their BIO-Operating System in the card solutions in order to protect the users from identity theft and cyberattacks. In addition to the possibilities of carrying in one card your identity, passport, payment cards, health record and more, QuardCard also supports blockchain and crypto currency keys.
Regarding the official release of their biometric card solution, Frank Sandeløv, CEO of CardLab, stated the following:
“We have been very happy to work with TrustSEC on this solution and would also like to pay tribute to Fingerprints in Sweden, FreeVolt in the UK and Infineon in Germany for their contributions and positive collaboration. We have been able to make the markets most secure and versatile solution by help of “State of the art” FPC1320 series fingerprint sensors from Fingerprints. Infineon contributed with the Secure Element, securing peoples data stays private when CardLab BIO-OS is integrated and the collaboration with FreeVolt has secured the cards have the most efficient energy harvesting system seen so far, which makes the card work without battery in more readers than any other card solution”.
The overall goal of these biometric cards is to provide an option that can offer security, privacy, connectivity and also to free you from eventually getting in contact with infected surfaces, while you touch a PIN pad, for example (something that was brought closer to our attention due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The QuardCard aims to offer all this together with the extra comfort of not having to deal with multiple passwords and being able to store all your cards in one unique item.
CardLab has received a Phase 2 Grant from the European Innovation Council to work on the QuardCard project. The objective was to develop a highly secure smart card working with the owner’s fingerprint, ultimately improving the security level of online and physical operations.