June 27, 2016 -
Infineon Technologies has introduced a FIDO-certified Bluetooth low energy (BLE) reference design for wireless authentication tokens. By using such a token in addition to their password, consumers can securely authenticate their online activities on mobile devices.
“63 per cent of all successful online breaches can be tracked back to inadequate passwords,” said Joerg Borchert, Vice President of the Chip Card & Security Division at Infineon Technologies Americas Corp and Board Representative in the FIDO Alliance. “The FIDO industry standard is a great opportunity to improve both the security and usability of online services. We are pleased to be the first company offering a certified reference solution for FIDO BLE. This makes it easier for our customers to implement the FIDO standard into their products.”
According to a statement by the company, Bluetooth low energy as a communication protocol is ideal for connecting an authentication token to mobile and wireless applications and devices that do not have a USB port. At the core of the FIDO BLE reference design is an Infineon Secure Element which performs fast cryptographic operation and securely stores the code. The reference design allows manufacturers of connected security devices to easily integrate the FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) standard with the BLE transceiver of their choice.