Unisys and BehavioSec behavioral biometric prototype for Nationwide wins award

May 26, 2016 - 

Unisys Corporation announced that its client Nationwide Building Society has been recognized with the Retail Banking Security Innovation of the Year award for a behavioral biometrics prototype it developed with Unisys and BehavioSec to enhance security and user experience for mobile banking customers.

Recognized at the Retail Banking Conference & Awards event on May 19, the prototype analyzes the user’s physical usage patterns on a smartphone or tablet to establish uniquely identifiable behavioral profiles.

These usage patterns can include the level of force users apply to the screen, the angles at which they swipe and even their typing speed.

When these usage patterns are combined with other authentication methods, the behavioral biometric profile provides a further level of security based on the natural interaction with their mobile device.

“This disruptive technology has firmly positioned Unisys at the heart of innovation in retail banking, demonstrating how our platform can be integrated with additional features, improving levels of security, reducing fraud and delivering a better customer experience for mobile bankers,” said Ben Horan, account executive at Unisys.

The conference and awards event was attended by many key thinkers and leaders from some of Europe’s largest financial institutions.

The night celebrated innovation in the industry as well as provided a forum to discuss the strategies, business practices and partnerships that are defining the sector.

“This award affirms our commitment to delivering state-of-the-art technology that meets the evolving needs of today’s financial institutions,” said Eric Crabtree, global head of Unisys Financial Services. “This award-winning solution not only simplifies and improves on the user experience, but also offers the security needed to provide both Nationwide and its customers with peace of mind.”

Previously reported, NEC Corporation of America (NEC) announced that it is working with Unisys to provide the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with facial comparison technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York City, to enhance the Air Entry process through accurate assurance of traveler identity.

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