Java Card Forum

The Java Card Forum is an industry association of companies from the smart card, secure operating system and secure silicon industry, working together to promote and develop Java as the preferred programming language for multi-application smart cards, secure devices and other execution environments.

Java Card enables innovative biometric cards

To further improve the performance and production effectiveness of biometric payment cards, Infineon Technologies AG and its strategic partner Fingerprints™ are developing the all-in-one solution SECORA™ Pay Bio.

This turnkey solution will come with a pre-certified Java Card operating system including Mastercard and Visa bio-applets. It will enable a cost-efficient, scalable production based on state-of-the-art card manufacturing equipment.

SECORA™ Pay Bio will extend Infineon’s well-established SECORA™ Pay turnkey solution family (all based an Java Card technology) to address the fast growing segment of biometric banking cards. SLC39B is Infineon’s advanced system-on-chip (SoC) cryptoprocessor with integrated power source, large memory size and diverse peripherals as well as best-in-class contactless performance. The company’s BCoM is a tailored innovative dual-interface Coil on Module (CoM) for SECORA™ Pay Bio, which integrates Fingerprints’ advanced sensor and Infineon’s upcoming Secure Element into a single package. With the inductive coupling technology, no wire-connection between the card antenna and the module is needed. This allows to significantly improve the robustness and long-term reliability of biometric payment cards. With its innovative concept and enhanced capabilities, SECORA™ Pay Bio will make touchless payments more convenient without the need of  low transaction limits.

Java Card technology as a flexible smart card platform combined with GlobalPlatform card management features ennables fast innovation. With the standardized Java Card API, that separates the application layer from the operating system layer, payment networks can focus on the application design, whereas platform providers innovate at the operating system and chip level. The integration of new interfaces to sensors or libraries to extract and match fingerprint information does not result in a complete re-design of the system, but results in new Java Card APIs that can be used by all players in the industry. All this allows interoperability in the market andwill provide added value for all players in the value chain.

More information is available at Payments-in-Motion.

Author: Karen B

Karen has been working in the high-tech industry for over 25 years covering system support, event management, corporate publishing and secretariat support for special interest groups. As well as running the UK office, she is the Marketing & Operations Secretariat for the Java Card Forum. She is currently based in the UK.

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