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Biometric Payment Cards Arriving in Africa and Asia Thanks to ICPS and Zwipe Partnership

The biometric fintech company, Zwipe, alongside the international card payment processor and card personalisation bureau ICPS, are collaborating together to bring Zwipe Pay ONE-enabled biometric payment cards to banks across Africa and Asia.

The pandemic has boosted the use of contactless technology and ultimately the need for consumers and businesses to make higher-value payments using contactless cards. However, the contactless limit increase for payments also posed a higher risk for users without an additional layer of security.

ICPS and Zwipe have partnered to bring biometric payment cards enabled with fingerprint sensors. With a fingerprint sensor embedded in the card, consumers will now benefit from the much-needed extra layer of security with no need to enter a PIN code on the POS terminal.

Zwipe will provide the complete Zwipe Pay ONE package comprising Biometric ISO contact plate module, Passive inlay, Fingerprint sensor, OS license, and enrolment sleeves. As part of this collaboration, both companies will work closely to promote the disruptive Zwipe Pay ONE-enabled biometric payment cards for ICPS’ issuers in Africa and Asia.

Khevin Seebah, CEO, ICPS
Khevin Seebah, CEO, ICPS

“As a provider of innovative payment services in the African continent, we pride ourselves in delivering future-proof innovations. Together with Zwipe we will bring a new payment solution that will help financial institutions to differentiate their services, provide safer and much more secure payment solutions and uplift customer loyalty. Zwipe is a well-regarded technology brand in the biometric payment space and we are very happy to join forces with them”, comments Khevin Seebah, the CEO of ICPS.

ICPS has a portfolio of more than 30 clients based in 22 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. The company, which is based in Mauritius, provides payment processing and consultancy services for banks, financial institutions, and telecom operators. ICPS hosts more than six million cards, drives over 600 ATMs and 11,000 point of sale terminals, and processes over 10 million transactions on its platform each month.

André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe added: “We are delighted to collaborate with ICPS and bring the next generation of contactless payment cards to banks in Africa and Asia. ICPS’ strong position among financial institutions across Africa and Asia, and Zwipe’s disruptive technology and deep expertise within biometric payment cards, will create a strategic foundation for a mutually rewarding partnership.”


  • Tyler is a fintech journalist with specific interests in online banking and emerging AI technologies. He began his career writing with a plethora of national and international publications.

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