South Korean firm releases mobile facial identification service

The Korea Trade Network (KTNET) has released a new mobile multi-factor biometric authentication service solution, providing mobile app developers and other companies with a way to implement a simplified, cost-effective face identification system, according to a report by Korea Herald.

The identification service solution, BioCA, was jointly developed by the Korea International Trade Association subsidiary in partnership with Daon and the Korea Smart Authentication Corp.

BioCA uses a smartphone’s front-facing camera to recognize and identify an individual’s face, then transfers the data to KTNET’s cloud servers to complete the authentication process.

As a result, companies do not have to build and manage their own servers and authentication capabilities.

The authentication solution can be applied to most smartphones that feature a front-facing camera.

In addition to facial identification, BioCA also offers voice and fingerprint recognition capabilities that can be combined to improve security.

“For example, an app could mandate that users who want to transfer money to an overseas location undergo facial recognition as well as fingerprint scanning,” said a KTNET spokesperson.

In addition to mobile apps, BioCA can be applied to immigration checkpoints at airports, keyless automobiles and property entrances, KTNET said.

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