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AirPlus announces the first ever successful deployment of contactless biometric payment cards

AirPlus announces the first ever successful deployment of contactless biometric payment cards

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 21 September 2017

AirPlus International, a leading provider of solutions for daily business travel management, today announced the world’s first deployment of contactless biometric payment cards. Developed by AirPlus’ partners Fingerprint Cards AB and KONA I Co., Ltd., the card uses fingerprints to identify the cardholder at the time the contactless payment is made. This form of identification replaces the four-digit PIN and/or the cardholder’s signature. Fingerprint identification has been used for some time in mobile phones and is deemed to be highly secure. Fingerprint Cards AB of Sweden has incorporated the fingerprint sensors to a card which is able to compensate the required power by contact-based payment as well as Near Field Communication (NFC). The cards are produced by KONA I of South Korea.

About AirPlus International:

AirPlus is a leading international provider of solutions for the day-to-day management of business travel. More than 49,000 corporate clients count on AirPlus for the payment and analysis of their business trip costs. Products and services are marketed worldwide under the AirPlus International brand. The AirPlus Company Account is the most successful central billing account based on UATP. More information is available at

About Fingerprint Cards AB:

Fingerprint Cards AB, Fingerprints, with its Swedish roots, is the leading global biometrics company, whose mission is to spearhead the development of biometric interaction. Fingerprints develops biometric systems comprising sensors, algorithms, software and packaging technologies.

About KONA I Co., Ltd.:

KONA I Co., Ltd. is a leading FinTech company and a global smart cards and secure payments solution supplier. Since its inception in 1998, Kona I has been providing banking, telecom and information security solutions around the world. Currently, it is engaged in two main businesses: IC chip business and platform business. Kona’s IC chips are used in telecom, banking, and public areas while it offers platform services that cover settlement, authentication, and security. Its proprietary OS for IC Chip and solutions for smart card-related solutions are sold in more than 90 countries under the brand name 'KONA'.

Mesgebe Werku-Lessner
AirPlus International
Phone: +49 (0) 61 02. 2 04 - 6410

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