Korean biometric security technologies selected as global standards

November 9, 2016 - 

The Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) announced that two mobile biometric authentication technologies it developed with Korean researchers have been selected as global standards at the ITU-T SG17 Q1 Telebiometrics meeting in Geneva, according to a report by Korea Times.

In addition to the two mobile biometric authentication technologies, the agency has suggested that approved a multimodal biometric signal verification technology as a global standard.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Institute for Information & Communications Technology Promotion supported the development of all three technologies.

“We expect that the approval of the mobile biometric authentication and multimodal biometric signal verification technologies as global standards will boost the security and convenience of instant payment services while leading global standardization of financial technology services,” said Kim Jae-sung, a biometric authentication technology researcher at KISA.

The agency’s mobile biometric authentication application technologies include mobile biometric authentication security measure, X.1087 and biometric authentication-based hardware security token technology, X.1085.

X.1087 provides 12 basic security measures for biometric authentication services on mobile devices.

Model-10, which relates to collecting, registering and verifying features for biometric data, can be broadly adopted as a mobile biometric authentication standard for smartphones because they can be connected with the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) technology designed for online instant payment services.

The X.1085 technology, which KISA co-developed with Chungbuk National University electrical and computer engineering professor Chun Myung-geun, employs the use of biometric authentication instead of passwords.

The strengthened dual security system is expected to help people using mobile financial services on mobile devices, said KISA.

The agency said it has been given approval for a global standard on a new technology that it developed in a joint research project with scientists in Spain and the US, which uses multimodal biosignals such as fingerprints and heartbeat rate for telebiometric authentication.

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