December 4, 2014 -
Members of AARP — a non-profit for adults 50 and above — have been testing out biometric identification technology to help them more effectively and securely manage their digital identities, according to a report by Fierce Government IT.
The program is currently one of 15 federally funded pilots based on the White House’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, a set of broad industry guidelines to help generate more secure, online identity credentials for individuals for use in banking, healthcare and other sensitive transactions.
Since being introduced three years ago, the NSTIC program office has been overseeing several pilots throughout the country to test how individuals use a range of identity solutions.
Meanwhile, federal agencies are working to more effectively manage their IT systems, as well as offer more efficient services.
As one of several companies working with AARP, biometrics software developer Daon is implementing its TrustX mobile biometric authentication solution to help AARP members register and access their health records through the website by using their personal identification number, facial or voice biometric authentication.
The cloud-based TrustX uses mobile devices as digital identity platforms for collecting biometric data from users, allowing them to deliver authentication credentials using a combination of certificate-based device identification, PIN, biometrics, and location-based security factors.
“The need for an interoperable solution that every user can understand and trust – which will ultimately contribute to a better, safer, online environment for members – is the key to success,” Kat Megas, senior NSTIC pilot programs manager at NIST, writes in a recent NSTIC blog post. “Having a range of options for solutions is also important since consumers should be able to pick a solution that fits in best with their lifestyle.”