INSIDE Secure and TazTag deliver secure, NFC-enabled android tablet

INSIDE Secure and TazTag have introduced the TazPad V2, a fully featured seven-inch Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS) tablet computer that gives solution providers an ideal solution for use in mobile banking, stock management, payment, ticketing, access control, identity and other sensitive and secure applications.

Available now from TazTag, the new TazPad tablet combines the EMVCo-certified secure near field communication (NFC) capabilities provided by the INSIDE Secure SecuRead(R) NFC module and Open NFC(TM) protocol stack with biometric authentication capabilities and an extensive array of wireless connectivity technologies to enable solution providers to efficiently support a variety of commercial, professional and consumer mobile applications.

“Our TazPad combines the security features of the SecuRead module and biometrics with robust wireless connectivity to create a unique mobile platform solution providers can employ for secure applications,” said Eric Fouchard, president at TazTag. “The TazPad enables a variety of new use cases, and several pilot projects are coming online shortly in Europe, South Africa and India in the areas of home care, eGovernment and eID applications, all of which take advantage of the strong, biometric-based authentication capabilities of the TazPad.”

The TazPad uses the EMVCo-certified secure element of the SecuRead module to securely store fingerprint images, which can then be compared to those gathered through the built-in fingerprint scanner for authentication purposes. Also new in this updated tablet is a multi-core ARM Mali-400 MP graphics accelerator, built-in 3G wireless connectivity, one USB Host, a micro-USB port for battery charging and a more powerful 6000-mAh LiPO battery.

“The TazPad clearly demonstrates how easily our SecuRead module and open-source Open NFC stack can be used with Android 4.0 to enable manufacturers like TazTag to greatly speed development and time to market while offering robust security capabilities,” said Bastien Latge, vice president mobile solutions for INSIDE Secure. “Our SecuRead module combines our award-winning MicroRead(R) NFC controller with an EAL 5+ and EMVCo certified secure element to enable tablet manufacturers to include all of the security and application functionality required for a range of applications.”

The Taztag TazPad v2 supports NFC, Wi-Fi, ZigBee(R), bluetooth and 3G wireless connectivity and includes a large fingerprint scanner.  It is also equipped with eight+sixteen GB of flash memory, a MicroSD slot for up to 32GB of memory, a seven-inch (800 x 480) screen, two Mpixel front- and five Mpixel rear-facing cameras, autonomous and assisted GPS, a three-axis accelerometer, a magnetometer and an ambient light sensor.

The INSIDE Secure SecuRead NFC module is well known for offering the smallest footprint, lowest bill of materials count and lowest standby current available today. The SecuRead module provides the largest OS and applet storage capacity on the market, as well as the largest applet library, boasts the industry’s fastest transaction speed and is the only product of its kind with support for HID iClass access control applications.

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Categories: Near Field Communications, Secure Element

Author:Steve Atkins

As well as the head of the Krowne Communications Group, Steve Atkins is also the Editor in Chief of Contactless Intelligence – covering contactless, NFC, mobile and cloud-based technologies. Even with over twenty five years of experience in the high tech industry, he is still fascinated with all kinds of technology and the impact it has upon end users. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

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