Safran’s biometric authentication solution for eID FIDO certified

September 13, 2016 - 

Safran Identity & Security announced that FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance has certified its solution enabling biometric authentication through electronic ID (eID) cards.

By providing eID cards compliant with the FIDO standard, Safran helps governments offer citizens more secure access to public or private electronic services (access health services, pay taxes or vote online) and citizens can use their eID card to locally store authentication information, reinforcing personal data protection.

The eID cards contain a chip which enables the card to store information in addition to what is already printed on the card, such as biometric data.

User authentication is based on facial recognition, through a “selfie” which is then sent to the contactless electronic Identity card using NFC technology. A “match on card” algorithm matches the selfie against the user photo inside the electronic ID card, eliminating the need for passwords.

“Safran Identity & Security is the first to offer governments a secure authentication solution on eID cards which is easy to use and safeguards personal data,” commented Safran Identity & Security Chair and CEO Anne Bouverot. “With this solution, data is stored locally on the card and remains in the hands of the user, reinforcing privacy protection.”

This solution also enables password-free authentication with any FIDO compliant merchant or eService provider on any NFC-enabled phones or tablets.

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