CrucialTec joins FIDO Alliance Board of Directors

April 17, 2013 - 

South Korean mobile input device manufacturer CrucialTec has just joined the FIDO Alliance Board of Directors.

“CrucialTec is a welcome addition to the FIDO Alliance board. Powerful, insightful and influential organizations like CrucialTec accelerate FIDO’s path to universal strong authentication. CrucialTec’s alliances with the world’s leading mobile handset and digital device manufacturers directly impact the way consumers use technology. Their influence will help prepare and equip more users and relying parties to replace passwords with strong authentication security online and in mobile applications,” Michael Barrett, FIDO Alliance president and PayPal Chief Information Security Officer said. “We expect the first FIDO enabled enterprise devices by the end of 2013 and consumer products to follow in early 2014. With companies like CrucialTec committed to reducing password reliance with better security, enhanced privacy, and a simplified user authentication, the FIDO vision moves quickly to becoming a reality.”

The FIDO Alliance is a non-profit industry consortium organized to address market needs and requirements for online authentication and has been operating for two years. The FIDO protocol will support a full range of authentication technologies, including biometrics.

“We are glad to join the FIDO Alliance Board. CrucialTec is the first developer and the No.1 provider of Optical Track Pad, which allows for optic based navigation on mobile devices. Since 2006, our company has supplied over 200 million Optical Track Pads to the world’s leading mobile device manufacturers. For continuous company growth, we have added more variety in the product line-up of Mobile Track Pad. Our company’s next generation Biometric Track Pad (BTP), adds fingerprint recognition to our existing navigation mobile track pad. Our BTP was developed this past year and supply contracts are under discussion with several global mobile device makers,” David Hong, Vice President of CrucialTec USA said. “We expect our special technology in mobile equipment and global sales power will contribute to the FIDO vision, while synergistically expanding our BTP business by aligning CrucialTec with FIDO membership and new business opportunities.”

Earlier this year, CrucialTec placed a considerable initial order for 100,000 of Fingerprint Cards’ swipe sensors. The initial volume is said to cover the pilot run for a line of mobile phones in Japan, scheduled for launch in the second quarter of this year.

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