Summer Greetings from André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe
OSLO, NORWAY– 6 JULY 2020 – It has been a busy and momentous last few months in the world of biometric payments. I am pleased to see how our partners and customers are strengthening their capacity to deliver next generation contactless payment solutions powered by biometric payments platforms from Zwipe. We observe first-hand an increasing awareness and interest from banks, local card schemes and even retailers that are sharing the view that biometric payments provide significant value to consumers.
What is happening in the marketplace?
Several “1st generation” biometric payment card platforms are now making their way towards the first small-scale commercial launches in 2020. These recent developments clearly signal that this technology will see commercial break-through, representing not only a means for banks to offer “peace of mind” to cardholders and achieve top-of-wallet effects, but also to realize a new source of revenue and value creation.
For fully understandable reasons, the payments ecosystem is by and large conservative, cost conscious and risk averse. This is why the biometric payments market has been long in the making.
Things are now changing, however. At an accelerating pace. Observing how the engagement and proactivity of our partners and the ecosystem are currently growing, I see clear indications that momentum is building, with awareness and interest increasing everywhere.
The team at Zwipe and myself are very excited by this progress.
Here is an overview of our recent major announcements:
• Zwipe and Publicenter collaborate on biometric payment solutions (http://zwipe.com/news/zwipe-and-publicenter-collaborate-on-biometric-payment-solutions)
Publicenter is the largest domestic smart card manufacturer in Italy
• Z (http://zwipe.com/news/zwipe-and-thomas-greg-and-sons-do-brasil-renew-and-extend-exclusive-partnership)wipe
and Thomas Greg & Sons do Brasil renew and extend exclusive partnership (http://zwipe.com/news/zwipe-and-thomas-greg-and-sons-do-brasil-renew-and-extend-exclusive-partnership)
TGS to commence small scale manufacturing of biometric payment cards
• Zwipe and Watchdata partner to launch next generation contactless payments (http://zwipe.com/news/zwipe-and-watchdata-partner-to-launch-next-generation-contactless-payments)
One of the world"s largest card manufacturers, serving 80 million banking customers in over 70 countries
• Zwipe steps up collaboration with Toppan Forms Card Technologies (http://zwipe.com/news/zwipe-steps-up-collaboration-with-toppan-forms-card-technologies-limited)
Placed an order to begin small scale manufacturing of biometric payment cards
It is all coming together
On the supply side, technology advancement, radical cost reduction and scalable production readiness are factors that make biometric payment a feasible proposition. On the demand side, COVID-19 has triggered growing demand and awareness for safe and hygienic payments in the entire society, with transaction limits raised in more than 40 countries worldwide to avoid unnecessary PIN entry and contactless payment rapidly growing everywhere. This builds on the already strong consumer interest for biometric payments before COVID-19, driven by the demand for convenience, security and the “coolness factor” derived from innovative solutions.
Our Zwipe Pay ONE platform is progressing as planned to deliver superior energy efficiency and excellent biometric performance at significantly lowered manufacturing cost thanks to advanced, single-chip innovation. Our confidence that this will be a very compelling proposition has grown further based on the series of recent awards given by smart card manufacturers for Zwipe Pay ONE to power their upcoming biometric payment cards.
Zwipe has pioneered biometric payment card technology and we now see commercial opportunities and engagements developing across the payment ecosystems. We see growing interest from smart card manufacturers, banks, payment schemes and retailers to see how Zwipe can help them to address consumer needs and concerns over contactless payments.
What Zwipe does goes far beyond the technology, it is about helping every stakeholder maximize the value that biometric payments can bring to society. As communicated in our PR on 2 June (http://zwipe.com/news/zwipe-appoints-new-executive-vice-president-strategy-channels),
we are complementing our collaboration with our direct customers, the smart card manufacturers, by actively stepping up our engagements with banks and neo-banks, as well as new players in card issuance, such as retailers and tech companies. I feel confident that this will accelerate our route to success while creating value for our customers, shareholders, and consumers.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank each member of my great team at Zwipe for their relentless efforts in Making Convenience Safe and Secure. On behalf of everyone at Zwipe, I wish all our customers, partners, shareholders and avid followers a safe and happy summer.
Biometric Payments - coming to a bank near you, summer greetings from André Løvestam CEO of Zwipe (https://mb.cision.com/Main/18194/3149285/1275269.pdf)