NTT DOCOMO adds iOS support via Nok Nok Labs’ biometric authentication solution

March 8, 2016 - 

Nok Nok Labs announced that its NNL S3 Authentication Suite has been selected by mobile carrier NTT DOCOMO, Inc. to expand its FIDO-enabled ecosystem to include iOS support.

DOCOMO initially announced FIDO support for DOCOMO services back in May 2015 when it deployed the Nok Nok App SDK for Android and Nok Nok Authentication Server.

By adding the Nok Nok App SDK for iOS to offer the same FIDO Certified support to customers with iOS devices, DOCOMO is now providing a more seamless and stronger authentication method for DOCOMO d ACCOUNT for its services and its partners’ services.

Nok Nok Labs’ S3 Authentication Suite is designed to help organizations improve the end user experience with their internet scale consumer authentication deployments, which in turn supports a heterogeneous device population.

Along with DOCOMO’s existing deployment of 10 different FIDO Certified Android devices, DOCOMO’s newly added support for iOS devices marks one of many industry “firsts” for a mobile network operator.

Additionally, DOCOMO is the first carrier to offer a billing system that is enabled by the FIDO Ecosystem, the first to offer a federated Identity system integrated with the FIDO Ecosystem, the first to jointly launch a FIDO ecosystem with multiple mobile device manufacturers, and the first to offer a mobile device that authenticates via the iris biometric modality.

“DOCOMO is a worldwide innovator in providing its millions of customers with simple and strong authentication backed by a standards-based approach,” said Phillip Dunkelberger, president and CEO of Nok Nok Labs. “Heterogeneous device coverage is essential for today’s deploying organizations – mobile services need to cover the dominant mobile platforms to achieve rapid growth. Leaders like DOCOMO provide a superior customer authentication experience while saving time, energy and resources with using a single authentication platform that avoids internal silos and diverts valuable developer time.”

DOCOMO d ACCOUNT, previously called DOCOMO ID, provides its customers with online service access and carrier billing for DOCOMO and third party services.

Based on FIDO standards, the online biometric authentication method for d ACCOUNT login and carrier billing payments was rolled out last year with four Android devices.

Since then, DOCOMO has expanded the number of FIDO-enabled Android smartphones and services, which can be authenticated with FIDO. The expanded FIDO support for iOS devices allows DOCOMO to offer services to even more devices.

Previously reported, the FIDO Alliance announced that NTT DOCOMO intends to expand FIDO authentication for its country-wide mobile network with new FIDO Certified devices, and by extending FIDO authentication through DOCOMO ID to carrier billing services partners.

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