Biometric smartcard firm SmartMetric has announced that it is now in a position to move forward into mass production of its fingerprint activated chip payment cards.Lead times for some critical components are being finalised but it is expected that production will be started within the next 60 to 90 days, according to SmartMetric's President & CEO, Chaya Hendrick.Many of the components used in the biometric secure payments card are reprocessed by SmartMetric, giving the company the ability to create some of the thinnest silicon components used in consumer electronics.With a maximum total card thickness of .75mm to meet the ISO standard for credit cards, the company has had to engineer components such as its Cortex processor, memory and power management components in order to achieve thicknesses that will be substantially thinner than the thickness of a credit card. The finished card after plastic lamination will be within the ISO card thickness measurement.”Creating powerful yet super miniature complex electronics on a very thin circuit board has been a task with its own serious hurdles, but something SmartMetric is proud that it has achieved,” said Hendrick.The SmartMetric biometric payments card uses a person's fingerprint to activate the chip on the new chip payments cards in use around the world and that are now being issued in the United States. It is estimated that more than 2.6 billion chip cards are currently in use around the world.