Africa: Biometric smart cards with Softlock and NEXT Biometrics' tech enter e-government test phase

Thursday 28 November 2019 13:10 CET | News

Biometric smart cards incorporating a joint tech solution has entered testing phase in an e-government project in Africa, NEXT Biometrics and Softlock reveal.

The cards are equipped with NEXT’s large-area fingerprint sensor, as well as Softlock’s operating system plus Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and biometric applets. They were designed to be used for secure 2-factor authentication and as main element in an initiative to introduce a higher level of security in e-government projects. The biometric smart cards are meant to replace PKI-based tokens plus PIN code, which are less secure, in favour of the authentication with the user’s fingerprint.

NEXT Biometrics’ representatives believe that biometric 2-factor authentication offers a high level of security, as it is combined with user convenience and ‘holds good potential in e-government, enterprise, healthcare, and many more application areas’. The current testing phase will be followed by a pilot project of the solution during 2020.

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Keywords: Africa, government, biometrics, smart card, Softlock, Next Biometrics, authentication, fingerprint, PKI, Token, PIN, security
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Countries: Africa
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