Norwegian biometrics firm IDEX has announced that it sensors features in a high-profile pilot of a biometric payment card that's been conducted by Mastercard.On Friday, the company's CEO said that the result was boosted by the firm's commitment to the smart card market.Dr. Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX, commented, “We are very pleased to be partnering with a true pioneer in the development of easy and secure transaction environments for consumers across the world. Our partnership has achieved first mover advantage in the mass market adoption for biometric cards, and we expect initial commercial deployment to begin in 2017.”After multiple years of technology development and focus on this market, IDEX is proud to have our fingerprint sensors selected for this global payment card programme. IDEX has long-maintained a strong commitment and consistent focus on commercializing its sensors in the smart card market, and I believe we are extremely well positioned to capture a significant share of this market as a result of this program`s disruptive solution.”Since announcing the pilot, the company's shares have risen over 18%.Mastercard said it would trial the new technology in South Africa but planned to begin tests in Europe and elsewhere in the world by the end of the year, potentially putting the scanner device into millions of cards.To authenticate a transaction, shoppers must simply insert their card into existing payment terminals and have the fingerprint stored on the card match their own.IDEX, founded in 1996, has 114 staff globally (across the US, Norway, UK, China and the Far East.