Biometrics company Fingerprint Cards has secured the approval from global interoperability and secure payments facilitator EMVCo for its slim mobile sensor, FPC1541.

Fingerprint’s mobile sensor has been evaluated successfully in line with the security requirements of EMV Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Methods (CDCVM), the company stated.

The slim FPC1541 sensor is designed for side-mounting on mobile devices. It can also act as a power and volume control button for better user experience.

This is the first fingerprint sensor for mobile devices to achieve EMVCo approval for authenticating mobile payments.

Both GlobalPlatform and FIDO Alliance, the submitting bodies to the CDCVM requirements, have active participation from Fingerprints.

EMVCo is collectively owned by American Express, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, UnionPay and Visa. The technical body enables interoperability and acceptance of payment transactions.

Its CDCVM requirements respond to the rising use of biometric authentication like fingerprint, iris, voice, and facial recognition on consumer-owned mobile devices for payments.

They define biometric performance requirements such as false acceptance and false rejection rates.

Fingerprints SVP of mobile business line Ted Hansson said: “Biometrics and mobile payments are becoming synonymous due to the combination of security and convenience.

“These new requirements from EMVCo are a testament to the increasingly important, central role of biometrics in this ecosystem.

“This achievement is an important marker of the quality and performance of our sensors and shows that even our design-enabling small and slim sensors meet the needs of the rigorous payments world.”

In November 2020, Indian smartcard manufacturer M-Tech Innovations partnered with Fingerprint Cards to roll out contactless biometric payment cards in the country.