IDEX joins FIDO Alliance, opens office in Silicon Valley

October 23, 2013 - 

IDEX ASA has joined the FIDO Alliance as a Sponsor member, and has also opened a new office in Silicon Valley.

“Being a Sponsor member of the FIDO Alliance provides us an ideal opportunity to collaborate with the major industry leaders who are now defining protocol standards for secure user verification,” Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX said. “Biometrics, such as fingerprint sensors and other multifactor authentication methods, play a key role in the FIDO framework, which will extend strong authentication to mobile devices and applications to effect a simpler, more secure and private user experience.”

Established in 2012, The FIDO Alliance seeks to remedy the lack of interoperability among strong authentication solutions, from devices to Relying Party (RP) server-side management and risk controls. FIDO also seeks to solve the problems that users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. This effort is being driven and has support at the Board level by industry leaders, such as Google, MasterCard, Lenovo and PayPal.

BiometricUpdate recently took a close look at the development of standards in the biometrics space, and featured the FIDO Alliance as a core of the discussion around authentication standards. You can read the full feature here, which is included in the BiometricUpdate digital magazine.

“The FIDO Alliance welcomes our newest sponsor member IDEX as a strong global collaborator and innovator in mobile authentication,” Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance said. “IDEX has a unique cross-licensing capacitive fingerprint sensor agreement with Apple and works closely with our sponsor FingerQ’s parent, World Wide Touch Technology. We continue to seek and enlarge our global membership with organizations like IDEX that are capable, connected and determined to deliver better authentication that is more secure, private, and easier to use.”

IDEX has also recently announced the opening of an office in the Silicon Valley area, which will be expanded to handle demand from customers and partners in line with business development.

Last month, as reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, IDEX acquired PicoField, a consumer fingerprint sensor company.

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