Norway's IDEX, a provider of advanced fingerprint identification and authentication solutions, has announced that it's fingerprint sensors are being deployed in biometric smart cards launched by a bank in the Middle East.”This customer launch is yet another indication of the significant interest in biometrics in the smart cards for payments industry. Biometric cards provide enhanced security and increased convenience for card transactions”, said Stan Swearingen, CEO of IDEX.Earlier this week, Idex has announced its contact-based sensor has been certified by a major global payment provider.During a session at APSCA's Powered and Next-Generation Cards Conference a speaker, representing a global payment provider, stated that a contact-based card featuring IDEX's finger-print sensor was certified by said global payment provider.