Norwegian fingerprint sensor manufacturer Next Biometrics has reported a major biometric smart card volume order.The firm's CEO, Tore Etholm-Idsøe, revealed the news as he was showcasing a smart card compatible flexible fingerprint sensor that the firm has developed.The initial order has a value of 12 million Norwegian crowns ($1.46 million) and shipments are scheduled to start in Q3 2016.Volumes to the undisclosed customer are expected to increase to total of 650,000 units in 2017.”We have previously announced that we will not comment further on our smart card developments until we have something material to prove,” Etholm-Idsøe stated. “We are now proud to announce that our ISO-compliance includes the recently published ISO/IEC 17839 standard, and to our knowledge this makes us the only supplier to meet this specification.”The CEO added, “We have always believed that the Active Thermal principle, patented by NEXT, is optimally positioned to produce a flexible sensor, which has the required size to be secure and convenient for almost 100 per cent of the population.”Etholm-Idsøe emphasized, “We are now in the process of setting up production lines capable of delivering tens of millions of sensors at an acceptable yield. This includes some risk and is targeted to be completed in the first half of 2017.”He added that “The card industry is showing a strong interest in working with NEXT, and this market will be our main focus in the upcoming quarters.”Etholm-Idsøe also announced that “NEXT Biometrics ASA has received the industry's first biometric smart card volume order. The initial order has a value of 12 million Norwegian Krone (NOK) and shipments are scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2016. The first shipments will consist of rigid sensors.”He said, “Volumes to our undisclosed customer are expected to increase to a total of 650,000 units in 2017.”Last October, Next Biometrics has attracted some 120 million Norwegian crowns in ($14.78 million) investment from Greenbridge Partners, a firm founded by Swedish investors Melker Schorling and Ola Rollen.At the time, the investor noted the potential for biometric smart cards.