Global Biometric Card Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Global Biometric Card Market is segmented By Application (Payments, Access Control, Government ID, Financial Inclusion), End-User Vertical (BFSI, Retail, Government, Healthcare, Commercial Entities), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Biometric Card Market
Study Period: 2019-2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 155.4 %

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Market Overview

The Global Biometric Card Market was valued at USD 8.75 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 1,691.81 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 155.45% from 2021 to 2026.

  • Biometric cards are a form of identification that analyses and recognizes individuals based on their physical and behavioral traits. These include fingerprints, eye retina, iris scanning, facial patterns, voice recognition, and body movement. Biometric cards also comprise smart cards with various security features, such as an optical strip or barcode, a holographic security image, and an embedded chip.
  • Biometric ID cards apply to several different solutions, especially for companies and individuals that require greater security. Moreover, companies in highly competitive fields may choose biometric cards as an added security against illegal duplication and theft. Advanced ID Cards serve government sectors, research institutions, and some universities and schools.
  • The market is witnessing many partnerships and collaborations with various companies in the biometric card ecosystem engaging in partnerships to develop and launch these cards in the market. For instance, in September 2021, Zwipe, a biometric payment card component provider, announced a partnership agreement with Realtime. The partnership aims at providing enhanced experience and security to the users of Realtime's Decentralized Finance (DEFI) Ecosystem-based on the former company's Pay ONE platform. Following the agreement, Realtime will issue biometric payment cards based on Zwipe Pay ONE to customers in Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe beginning 2022.
  • The financial service industry was evolving at a significant pace even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This growth was driven by changing customer expectations, new entrants' growing competition, technological advancements, and evolving regulations.
  • However, the pandemic outbreak significantly impacted customer behavior, thereby significantly increasing the adoption of digital and contactless payments. For instance, in May 2020, VISA announced that over 13 million Visa cardholders in Latin American and Caribbean markets transacted for the first time during the initial three months of 2020 as in the last 15 months.

Scope of the Report

Biometric cards are a form of ID that recognizes and analyzes an individual based on physical and behavioral characteristics. This includes fingerprints, eye retina and iris scans, speech recognition, facial patterns, and body movements, including walking. The market report offers unique shipment data along with revenue trends for segmentation by application. The other segmentation, by end-user vertical and geography, offers revenue outlook and trends.

Market Opportunity Trends section includes

  • the current addressable market,
  • the estimated share held by incumbents in the cards market,
  • the anticipated rate of switching from contact-based cards to biometric-based cards, and
  • anecdotal insights.

The market is segmented as follows:

By Application
Access Control
Government ID and Financial Inclusion
Other Applications (IoT-based applications, etc.)
By End-User Vertical
Commercial Entities
Other End-user Verticals
By Geography
North America
Asia pacific
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Payments segment to show significant growth

  • Biometric technology is gaining ground in the financial services sector as a secure and convenient alternative to passwords and PINs. This technology is increasingly being considered to have the potential of making the consumers' lives more manageable and providing them more significant choices to confirm their identity.
  • With a fingerprint sensor on the card body itself, paying with an EMV card is more effortless than ever before. Transactions, both in contact mode and in contactless mode, can be done with a simple touch, without the need to enter a PIN code on the Point-of-Sales (POS) Terminal. Another major benefit of using biometric payment is that it removes the cap or limit on contactless payment transactions. The users are authenticated securely with their fingerprints and can enjoy the convenience of contactless for any amount.
  • Besides, no upgrade is required on the POS terminals for the functioning of these cards, as the biometrics check is directly performed on the EMV biometric card and nowhere else​.
  • The ​​fingerprint data captured by the biometric sensor is securely stored in the secure chip of the card. Also, this data is not stored on the bank's servers nor sent over the air to a personalization bureau. Therefore, the very rigorous and privacy-friendly enrollment process is critical for the success of fingerprint payments.
  • Additionally, these cards can also be used with PIN code as a fallback solution in cases when the cardholder's fingerprint can not be used, such as ATM cash withdrawals.
  • According to Fingerprint Cards AB, around 6 billion payment devices are expected to be shipped every year by 2026. Also, almost all these devices are anticipated to be contactless. Moreover, the company depicts the potential Total Addressable Market (TAM) to be around 3 billion units per year for biometric sensor modules and software in the payment domain.
Biometric Card Market

Asia Pacific to exhibit the highest growth rate

  • Biometric payment cards are a way to the future in the region, and there is a robust market for payment cards in the fast-paced Asia-Pacific region, even in the face of rising smartphone use. Various market vendors are currently working to integrate biometric technology and will have a truly disruptive offering that will allow to significantly expand the banking customer base in the region and integrate it with various end-users.
  • On the other hand, the increasing demand for biometric authentication systems across various end-users, including retail, gaming, banking, and financial sector, and hospitals, is significantly influencing the growth of the market across the country. For instance, in collaboration with IDEX Biometrics, the China Construction Bank (CCB) has agreed to use biometric cards in its digital renminbi experiments. The NFC-enabled biometric smart card will enable users to use digital currency without the need for a smartphone. These biometric cards will function as digital hard wallets for participants in the Chinese digital currency trial, known as DCEP. Fingerprint sensors and biometric software will safeguard these smart cards.
  • Similarly, in July 2021, Fingerprint Cards and MoriX, a Japanese-based electronics company, collaborated to develop and launch biometric payment cards in Japan. According to the company, the card will have the Fingerprints T-Shape module, which has ultra-low power consumption and is designed to be integrated into payment cards by using standard automated manufacturing methods. Furthermore, the company stated an increasing desire for card transactions among Japanese consumers, who seek touchless, secure, and frictionless payment methods.
  • The region made significant partnerships with various market vendors. For instance, in October 2020, IDEX Biometrics collaborated with Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group Co. Ltd to integrate IDEX's biometric solution with Fudan Microelectronics' latest generation Secure Element, which is aimed at multiple market segments. Fudan Microelectronics creates secure elements and solutions that assist payment, medical insurance, transportation, ID, and emerging digital currency standards and has dispatched over 10 billion ASICS.
Biometric Card Market

Competitive Landscape

The market is seeing an intense rivalry among prominent vendors, who are increasingly expanding their business capabilities. The companies are engaging in partnerships with the technology providers to develop and launch advanced products in the market. As such, huge investments are being witnessed in the market, which is increasing the competition.

  • October 2021 - Thales Group announced a partnership with Jordan Kuwait Bank (JKB) to introduce a biometric payment card in the Middle East. The new card will be provided to the Mastercard World Elite customers of the bank. Besides, it will be the first commercially available biometric card for payments in the region.
  • December 2020 - IDEMIA signed an agreement to improve contactless payment security with Rocker, a blue-chip Swedish FinTech and bank challenger. The F.CODE payment card uses a user-friendly biometric authentication procedure, which makes transactions faster, sanitary, and secure by eliminating the need for cardholders to enter a PIN or sign, reducing touch points in public places.

Recent Developments

  • December 2021 - IDEX Teamed up with a Tier 1 Card Manufacturer for getting its biometric cards to the global market. IDEX did not disclose the name of its partner, though it did reveal that the arrangement will lower manufacturing costs for financial institutions that want to issue a biometric card.
  • November 2021 - Freevolt Technologies, a UK-based technology company that develops next-generation biometric smart card products for access control, cryptocurrency wallet, and healthcare sectors, announced the launch of its biometric access card, S-Key. The card integrates Fingerprint Cards AB’s T-Shape sensor module.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.2.5 Threat of Substitute Products

    3. 4.3 Detailed Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Biometric Card Market (Key themes covered include marginal decline in retail and government sectors, near and medium-term challenges linked to regional trends, etc.)

    4. 4.4 Industry Ecosystem Analysis (Sensor and Component Manufacturers, Card Integrators, Market Enablers, Issuers Technology)

    5. 4.5 Evolution of Biometric Cards (Key themes include the first wave driven by Apple, the second wave being driven by Mastercard, the move toward the reduction of ASP to drive volumes, and collaborations and partnerships)


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growing Demand from Financial Inclusion-based Initiatives in Emerging Countries

      2. 5.1.2 Move Toward Multi-factor Authentication Bodes Well for Market Growth

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Strong Competition from Non-card Biometric Devices

      2. 5.2.2 Higher Implementation Costs (Relatively Speaking)


    1. 6.1 By Application

      1. 6.1.1 Payments

      2. 6.1.2 Access Control

      3. 6.1.3 Government ID and Financial Inclusion

      4. 6.1.4 Other Applications (IoT-based applications, etc.)

    2. 6.2 By End-User Vertical

      1. 6.2.1 BFSI

      2. 6.2.2 Retail

      3. 6.2.3 Government

      4. 6.2.4 Healthcare

      5. 6.2.5 Commercial Entities

      6. 6.2.6 Other End-user Verticals

    3. 6.3 By Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles*

      1. 7.1.1 Zwipe AS

      2. 7.1.2 Thales Group

      3. 7.1.3 IDEX Biometrics ASA

      4. 7.1.4 Goldpac Fintech


      6. 7.1.6 Seshaasai Business Forms (P) Ltd

      7. 7.1.7 IDEMIA Group

      8. 7.1.8 ST Microelectronics

      9. 7.1.9 Matercard

      10. 7.1.10 Visa

      11. 7.1.11 Ethernom

      12. 7.1.12 Samsung’s System LSI Business

      13. 7.1.13 Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group Co. Ltd



    1. 9.1 Mergers and Acquisitions

    2. 9.2 Most Adopted Strategies


**Subject to Availability
*List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Biometric Card Market market is studied from 2019 - 2026.

The Biometric Card Market is growing at a CAGR of 155.4% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Zwipe AS, Thales Group, IDEX Biometrics ASA, STMicroelectronics NV, Visa Inc are the major companies operating in Biometric Card Market.

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