Norwegian biometric card maker Zwipe has joined an industry consortium launched by access security firm Allegion that the latter says has been formed to support “Allegion's aptiQ smart card technology to create an ecosystem of open, highly secure solutions”.The agreement means that Zwipe can now provide aptiQ customers with biometric authorization using their presently installed aptiQ card readers. aptiQ users will be able to authenticate themselves directly on the Zwipe biometric card without adding a biometric reader to existing aptiQ multi-technology card reader systems.”Zwipe offers a unique credential-based biometric solution to the market that complements the aptiQ portfolio of products,” reports Allegion's Director of Technology Alliances Diane Kehlenbeck. “Zwipe's product allows aptiQ customers who are looking to enhance security practices with the ability to incorporate two-factor authentication seamlessly into their existing systems.””Using the Zwipe Access biometric card is yet another way that Allegion is bringing multi-factor verification and authorization to its large customer base,” adds Kim Humborstad, CEO of Zwipe. “Having been invited to join the great team of Alliance Program organizations shows how both Allegion and Zwipe are helping customers extend the life of their existing infrastructure while simultaneously increasing their level of security.”The problems associated with PINs and passwords are eliminated through the use of Zwipe's biometric authentication technology. With Zwipe's patented on-card authentication, only the authorized cardholder can activate communication with the reader. This means no more lending or borrowing ID badges to access buildings, university labs, hospital pharmacies, data centers or networks.Zwipe's on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology resides on the contactless smart card which is compatible with aptiQ and XceedID® card readers as the Zwipe biometric card supports proximity and aptiQ technologies.