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SmartMetric, The Developer Of The Biometric Safer Credit Card, Says Research Shows 74% Of Consumers Value Security Over Rewards When Deciding Between Credit Cards

NEW YORK, March 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SmartMetric, Inc. (OTCQB:SMME) – From the U.S. CONSUMER PAYMENT STUDY by TSYS  “We know many consumers are concerned about card security. Although those of us in the industry recognize the security features which are in place with cards, we were interested in consumers’ perceptions and how they rank rewards compared to security. We were rather surprised at the response: 74 percent ranked security and fraud protection as their priority, with 26 percent preferring rewards.

Shopping for a New Card: Rewards or Security

74% Ranked #1 for security and fraud protection” (1)

26% Ranked #1 for rewards offered

"This research is in line with our own independently commissioned research which shows 80% of a major brands credit card holders are concerned with credit card and identity fraud," said today SmartMetric’s President and CEO, Chaya Hendrick.

SmartMetric has developed a fingerprint biometric credit card that uses the cardholders fingerprint to unlock the card as they insert the card into a retail point of sale card reader or ATM.  There are now over 6 Billion chip cards issued globally.  The SmartMetric fingerprint in-the-card biometric fingerprint scanner is built to work with existing banking chip card payments infrastructure without the need of equipment or backend systems change.

One of the features of the biometric card developed by SmartMetric is that it has a rechargeable battery inside which in turn allows the card to be used at both standard retail card readers as well as ATM’s.  This is an important product feature since while many credit card users may infrequently use their credit card in an ATM being able to do so is important for card customers.  Discussions with leading card issuing banks has confirmed that they would not be happy issuing a credit card that did not allow their customers to be able to use it in an ATM if they chose to, said Chaya Hendrick.

SmartMetric biometric cards are available to Banks in the United States through SmartMetric’s industry distributor, PROTEC.  PROTEC Secure Card (PSC), based in New Jersey, have years of experience in the Credit Card industry both in the USA and Latin America.    PSC is an established Visa, MasterCard and Discover certified credit card manufacturer that specializes in advanced high-quality credit card production for card issuing Banks in the United States along with Central and Latin America.  The company is a leader using the most updated equipment and technologies in their secure production facility. 

For more information concerning the new biometric secured credit and security card from PSC please contact Tracey Breckenridge at traceyb@protecsecurecard.com.

SmartMetric is a leading company in the field of biometrics using fingerprint scanning.  It manufacturers a super thin fingerprint reader that fits inside credit card thin cards, for payments and security.

To find out more about the SmartMetric biometric card solution please visit the company site at www.smartmetric.com.

To view the SmartMetric Biometric Card please follow this link - Video of the SmartMetric Biometric Card

(1) https://www.tsys.com/Assets/TSYS/downloads/rs_2016-us-consumer-payment-study.pdf

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Important Additional Information

Investors and security holders are urged to carefully review and consider each of SmartMetric Inc. public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to, if applicable, Annual Reports on Form 10-K, proxy statements, Current Reports on Form 8-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Contact Information

SmartMetric, Inc. 
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89169
+1.702.990.3687 (West Coast Time)
+1.702.727.8811 (East Coast Time)
info@smartmetric.com
www.smartmetric.com

USA Distributor:
Protec Secure Card
80 CorbettWay 
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Tracey Breckenridge
Tel. +1-732-542-0700  x 223 / 221/ 206/ 207 (English)
+1-732-542-0700 x 241 (Spanish)
traceyb@protecsecurecard.com

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