End-to-end security architecture for biometric fingerprint authentication introduced at MWC

February 22, 2016 - 

Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronics have collaborated on an end-to-end security architecture for biometric fingerprint authentication in wearable and consumer electronics devices.

This proof-of-concept, introduced at Mobile World Congrees, replaces conventional username/password authentication for applications such as payment, eticketing, digital access and 2-factor strong authentication with swift and secure fingerprint recognition.

The companies will demonstrate the solution on a smartwatch that embeds a fingerprint sensor from Fingerprint Cards, fingerprint software based on Precise BioMatch Embedded from Precise Biometrics and Secure NFC solution and low power microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics.

Gemalto provides the UpTeq eSE on which the user’s credentials are stored, and the Match-On-Card application that validates the fingerprint placed on the sensor corresponds to the biometric data of the user. Gemalto also supplies a rich array of secure applications, and the Allynis Trusted Services Hub (TSH) responsible for managing the solution over the entire product lifecycle.

STMicroelectronics provides its ST54 system-in-package solution, composed of an ST21NFC near-field communication (NFC) controller and an ST33 embedded Secure Element based on 32-bit ARM(R) SecurCore(R) SC300, hosting the Gemalto Biometrics Match-On-Card. ST also provides an STM32 ARM(R) Cortex(R)-M based low-power microcontroller managing the application.

In a statement, the companies say that the solution will offer new opportunities to the consumer electronics market to implement secure authentication solutions based on FIDO Alliance’s specification, and give consumer electronics manufacturers the option to differentiate from competition.

“By easing the user journey without compromising security, biometric fingerprint authentication represents a real game-changer for the world of secure mobile connectivity, payment, eCitizen services and more.”

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