Nok Nok Labs boasts new partnerships with Synaptics, Trustonic

February 13, 2014 - 

Nok Nok Labs is having a pretty busy day.

On the same day that the company launched a new authentication suite for FIDO Ready devices, it’s also announced two new partnerships: one with Synaptics, and the other with Trustonic.

Nok Nok and Synaptics have partnered-up to allow Synaptics’s Natural ID fingerprint sensors to interact with the NNL Multifactor Authentication Client (MFAC). According to the two companies, this will provide a fully integrated FIDO Ready solution for smartphone manufacturers looking to add strong authentication to online services from mobile devices.

Both Nok Nok and Synaptics are founding board members of the FIDO Alliance.

If you’ll recall, Synaptics recently acquired Validity Sensors, entering the increasingly competitive fingerprint identification market. 

“Nok Nok Labs has been working with Synaptics to deliver an enhanced Fingerprint Sensor solution, based around the FIDO Ready protocols,” Phillip Dunkelberger, President & CEO, Nok Nok Labs said. “Synaptics’s deep experience of human interface solutions has strengthened this partnership and what we’re enabling will allow smartphone manufacturers to deliver the seamless authentication solution their customers are looking for.”

“As we reach the first anniversary of the public launch of the FIDO Alliance, our partnership shows how the vision of the founding members is being executed,” Rick Bergman, President & CEO, Synaptics said. “By combining our market-leading fingerprint id technology with Nok Nok Lab’s authentication infrastructure, we are able to present the market with an end to end solution to the mobile authentication challenge.”

Under the Trustonic partnership, the two companies will work to integrate the NNL MFAC with the Trustonic <t-based trusted execution environment.

Trustonic will also work with Nok Nok Labs to allow NNL authentication apps to run in the ‹t-base environment on smart connected devices such as smartphones. This will provide hardware isolation for cryptography, a trusted user interface for protection of PINs, secure display of transaction data and a processing environment to perform fingerprint recognition when using low cost sensors.

“Our partnership with Nok Nok Labs addresses the common goal of improving the quality and user experience of on-device authentication,” Ben Cade, CEO of Trustonic said. “By combining Nok Nok Labs’ expertise in authentication with our TEE, our combined partner ecosystems will have access to simple yet powerful “out the box” authentication with protected input via keypad or fingerprint on a broad range of smart connected devices.”

Trustonic, which integrates hardware-level security into devices is a privately held company, between three shareholders: ARM, Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient. According to the company, it’s technology is currently embedded in more than 100 million smart connected devices.

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