Uni-ID, Safran to provide mobile biometric authentication in China

March 3, 2017 - 

Safran Identity & Security announced that Chinese authentication technology firm Uni-ID Technology has integrated its facial recognition solution in its FIDO compliant authentication application for consumer devices.

Online service providers in China, which is the largest mobile payment market in the world, are seeking new technologies to increase the security and convenience of customer authentication in mobile transactions.

Uni-ID has selected Safran Identity & Security’s Software Development Kit (SDK) for facial recognition to be implemented in its authentication application.

“With our face recognition solution, authentication is done by a selfie-check – a friendly user experience. Enhanced liveness detection adds extra security,” said Yves Portalier, vice president and general manager of the telecom business unit at Safran Identity & Security. “As a world leader in biometrics, we are perfectly positioned to provide Uni-ID’s customers with best-in-class technology to boost the secure and convenient use of mobile transactions in China.”

The SDK will enable banking institutions, payment firms and mobile network operators to provide a secure and seamless authentication method.

Safran’s facial recognition SDK can be integrated in all existing Android and iOS devices.

“The partnership with Safran Identity & Security on FIDO-compliant face recognition has greatly enriched our approach to biometric authentication solutions,” said Henry Chai, general manager of Uni-ID Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. and chair of the FIDO China working group (FCWG). “It is also beneficial for FIDO to be implemented on more devices in the Chinese market.

Previously reported, Safran Identity & Security is working to help mobile network operators accelerate the digitalization of the Latin American economy through its range of mobile authentication solutions.

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