Intercede launches two-factor biometric authentication solution for mobile devices

February 14, 2016 - 

Intercede has launched RapID, a two-factor biometric authentication solution that delivers password and token free access to cloud services from mobile applications.

The solution is based on Intercede’s MyID platform which is currently used by several government agencies (aerospace and defence) and the banking sector to secure access to sensitive data.

The solution also integrates PKI based authentication and encryption to provide military grade security for business and consumer applications.

RapID establishes trusted relationships between end users and service providers using applications that process sensitive data or are transaction based.

“For the first time application developers don’t have to compromise on security or convenience,” said Intercede CEO Richard Parris. “RapID kills the need for passwords, the authentication method responsible for more than half of all security breaches. It incorporates standards-based strong encryption and it makes application services easier to access. That combination is a compelling proposition to build the trusted relationships between users and service providers that are essential in a digital economy.”

RapID can be integrated in both new and existing mobile applications via two or three simple API calls.

One the solution is integrated, users are prompted to conduct an initial identification and verification process by the service provider. Once the user is successfully verified, a unique digital credential is issued to the user’s smartphone.

Once the initial enrolment is completed, users can access the application via a PIN code or fingerprint scan.

The solution ensures that no other user can access the application account without having access to both the correct device and the relevant PIN or fingerprint.

“The alternative RapID solution means much more convenient access and dramatically enhanced security,” said Dr Chris Edwards, Intercede’s chief technical officer. “It enables service providers to deliver more functionality to mobile platforms with the confidence that the people they interact with online are who they claim to be.”

RapID can be downloaded for iOS and Android based phones and tablets, and can be scaled to accommodate millions of devices.

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