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Pocket-sized smartcard reader

8 May 2002 Electronics Technology

STMicroelectronics' TouchChip BioSIMKey is claimed to be the first device of its kind to combine a smartcard and fingerprint reader in a single device that can be carried in one's pocket like any other key. The TCRA1A comprises the company's TouchChip silicon fingerprint sensor and a SIM card reader for ultra-secure authentication. The multifactor authentication approach of the reader - verifying 'something you have' as well as 'something you are' - provides a secure and convenient solution for authenticating the true identity of a person, says ST.

In addition to one's unique fingerprints, with the BioSIMKey, security is improved further since the fingerprint templates are stored inside a SIM card instead of the PC. This not only provides a more secure environment but it also enhances portability and eliminates privacy concerns.

The TCRA1A is based on ST's Active Capacitive-Sensing Technology that creates high quality images.

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