IDEX Biometrics has secured key certification that will enable the company to advance with its plans to start mass production of biometric smart cards.

The company has passed the EMVCo Security Evaluation for its development site located in Farnborough, the UK.

EMVCo is a global body that manages EMV payment standard specifications and related testing processes.

The certification recognises IDEX as a secured provider of biometric and authentication components included within EMVCo certified final products.

IDEX CEO Stan Swearingen said: “We are proud to be the first biometric sensor company to achieve this certification.

“Now, smartcard manufacturers, can directly integrate IDEX’s biometric software, use our reference designs, and embed our sensors in their products and the smart card manufacturers can experience a seamless certification process.

“We believe this critical milestone will facilitate manufacturing and deployment of biometric smartcards in large quantities.”

IDEX Biometrics is engaged in the development of fingerprint identification technologies. The company develops solutions to enable people make payments, authenticate identities and unlock devices among others.

In October last year, augmented identity solution provider IDEMIA partnered with IDEX Biometrics to use its on-card enrolment solutions.

The move enables IDEMIA to leverage IDEX technologies to develop and sell on-card enrolment devices that will work in tandem with its own biometric card software.