Zwipe Welcomes Former Idemia Executive, Biometric Cards Partner Gets Production Approval
Zwipe has appointed biometric card expert Patrice Meilland as Chief Strategy and Product Officer.
Meilland will be in charge of Zwipe’s strategy, including partnerships as well as the biometrics product portfolio and company roadmap.
Prior to joining Zwipe, Meilland was senior vice president of advanced boards at Idemia, and before that he held positions at STMicroelectronics and ST-Ericsson.
Going forward, the executive will be a member of Zwipe’s management team, reporting directly to CEO André Løvestam.
“I am honored to join Zwipe and look forward to helping grow the company and its business, as well as working with the industry and ecosystem to drive adoption of biometric cards across various segments” , Meilland said, commenting on the news.
“I also strongly believe that as a leading biometric fintech company, Zwipe has an important role to play in shifting payments and access to biometrics, and I see great potential for development and of growth.”
Iraqi bank chooses Zwipe
The National Bank of Iraq, a private bank majority-owned by Jordan’s Capital Bank Group, will pilot biometric payment cards based on the Zwipe Pay platform, in a partnership that also includes areeba.
Zwipe struck a deal with Lebanon-based areeba in November to issue cards in Lebanon and Iraq, which has already given a pilot project with Al Mansour Bank. The partners have been working together since 2018 on Gemalto biometric technology cards and Fingerprint Cards.
“I am delighted that our collaboration with the Central Bank of Iraq has encouraged major Iraqi issuers such as NBI to adopt next-generation payment cards,” said Ramzi Saboury, General Manager for the Middle East and Zwipe region. North Africa. “With 40 million inhabitants and 7 million payment cards, which is expected to grow to more than 10 million over the next 4 years according to the World Bank, Iraq represents a significant growth opportunity for Zwipe in the Middle East.”
Details were scarce in Zwipe’s December announcement that it was also trying to launch biometric cards in North America, but Tsys was revealed as the payment services partner.
Tsys produced around 100 million cards of various types in 2021, according to the announcement.
Production of Tag Systems biometric cards approved
The company recently received a Letter of Approval (LoA) from VISA allowing the production of biometric payment cards based on the Zwipe Pay platform.
For context, Zwipe and Tag Systems first partnered in 2019. Thanks to VISA’s LoA (which Zwipe obtained on March 24, 2022), manufacturers working with Zwipe will now be able to quickly obtain VISA certification for their own biometric payment card designs.
“We are delighted to see the second certification granted to our customers for biometric cards based on Zwipe Pay,” says Løvestam.
“On behalf of everyone at Zwipe, I would like to congratulate the team at Tag Systems and Austria Card Group on this achievement. We are ready to support your deployments.
Like Zwipe, Tag Systems is bringing in a new biometrics expert, appointing Marcio Milani Stervid as chief commercial officer of its biometrics division, according to a post on LinkedIn. Stervid was CCO of Zwipe from 2018 until the end of 2020.
Zwipe biometrics was also recently selected by Fraport AG for the airport operator’s “[email protected]” project.
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