Drayson Technologies extends technology license with CardLab to provide the latest third generation Freevolt energy harvesting technology to power smartcards.

The combination of CardLab and Freevolt technology creates an unrivalled solution for powered next-generation secure biometric smart cards, with sub-1 second transactions providing a better customer experience and faster throughput times, while being compatible with all contactless card readers.

Drayson Technologies today announces that Card Lab has extended its licence to cover the latest third-generation of Freevolt energy harvesting technology (Gen3) to integrate into CardLab’s powered biometric smart card solutions, in applications that include payment credit and debit cards, e-Passports, security passes, ID, blockchain & cryptocurrency authentication and medical information cards. CardLab previously licensed and integrated Freevolt’s first-generation (Gen1) solution.

Freevolt smart card harvesting solutions continue to outperform all other solutions on the market through their award-winning patented technology and expertise in wireless energy harvesting. Freevolt’s Gen3 is 75% smaller than their Gen1, provides up to 6x more power than the next-best non-Freevolt harvesting solution, uses standard mass-manufacturing techniques and components, is compliant with the size and thickness requirements for existing smart and credit card standards, and works with all existing contactless card readers.

CardLab have over 15 years experience in the smart card market and have developed a long range of technologies and production processes for powered smart cards and in this line also relentlessly worked on getting the best solutions in the market integrated in card solutions. One of the big challenges lately has been to secure sufficient energy in the card to run complex operations with biometric fingerprint sensor, cryptography, display and other computerized functions.

Gonzalo de Gisbert, Head of Product, Drayson Technologies, said:
“Following our licence agreement with CardLab in 2018, the Freevolt team have continued to evolve the technology, improving performance while reducing the circuit’s footprint by 75%. With our new baseline designs, we offer pre-configured circuit layouts which can be dropped into customers’ solutions immediately. If customers want to customise and tailor, we can optimise for their requirements. Our continued partnership with CardLab is a testament to the proven benefits that the Freevolt advanced technology provides, and our Gen3 system makes integration into card solutions easier than ever.”

Frank Sandeløv, CEO, CardLab, said:
“Upon signing the first licence agreement with Freevolt back in 2018 it has been a thrilling year working together with the Freevolt team to have the first generation energy harvesting optimized to contactless card solutions and at the same time provide input to Freevolt on their effort to enhance their energy harvesting technology. We are happy to see the result of the Freevolt efforts where we now have a circuit that is much easier to integrate and more widely adoptable due to the reduced footprint. CardLab has already started to integrate the solution in more customer card designs and definitely with a lot more to come.”

About CardLab

CardLab is a world leading technology provider to the powered smart card industry and is a company developing and commercializing ISO 7810 compliant secure card products including:

  • Full “System on Card” biometric authentication solution based on Fingerprints™ FPC1300 T-shape™ touch sensor, for payment, ID, Access control and Cyber Security
  • Communication controlled RFID cards (Jammer & MuteCards)
  • “All In One” card solution platform and other card solutions customized to customer specifications for secure and sustainable card production

CardLab is a DK-based card development and manufacturing company with manufacturing partners in Asia and USA and own card lamination factory in Thailand. In collaboration with industry leading partners and suppliers, CardLab has developed sustainable and secure electronic card systems and production methods. CardLab offers unparalleled technical design and manufacturing support for card solutions including scalable security levels and existing infrastructure compatibility making implementation cost affordable for end users.

For more information, please visit: www.cardlab.com.

About Freevolt & Drayson Technologies

Freevolt is a global award-winning suite of proprietary, patented and patent pending technologies that recycle and harvest RF energy from radio transmission networks (NFC, cellular, Wi-Fi, etc.) in order to power electrical devices such as smart cards, sensors, and wearables. Smart cards are the lead commercial application.

Drayson Technologies’ mission in the smart card space is to enable fraud protection and improved security without any impact on existing infrastructure or user experience.

Drayson Technologies is based in London, UK with a team of international engineers bringing a wealth of experience in RF energy harvesting and associated power and control technologies, from a variety of industries.

For more information, please visit: www.getfreevolt.com.