Sharing economy to leverage Aadhaar

Two major proponents of the sharing economy, Airbnb and Uber, are considering using the Aadhaar biometric identification database to authenticate their respective users in India. Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which captures all the demographic and biometric details of every Indian resident. At last count, over 1.1 billion people out of India’s population of 1.27 billion have

Is Mastercard bridging the gap from passwords to biometrics?

This is a guest post by Thomas Yohannan, a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator. MasterCard rolled out an interesting initiative a few weeks back in South Africa. The company developed cards with an additional layer of security to counteract fraud — a biometric fingerprint sensor. By combining chip technology with your fingerprint, the company can now verify the cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases. The process is quite simple in that you stick your card into the terminal during payment. The biometric

Pramati intros thumbprint biometric authentication platform

Pramati Technologies has introduced the ThumbSignIn biometric thumbprint authentication SaaS platform for mobile and web applications, which has been certified by the FIDO Alliance. Using the platform, enterprises and service providers are able to deploy strong authentication solutions that lower their reliance on passwords and protect against phishing, man-in-the-middle, and replay attacks based on stolen passwords. ThumbSignIn allows organizations to enable users to sign in to websites, web applications from desktop web browsers, and mobile apps biometrically — all without

ICBC deploys FacePhi technology for mobile banking authentication

FacePhi announced a new contract this week with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). ICBC will deploy FacePhi’s facial recognition technology, Selphi, to authenticate clients using the Chinese multinational banking company’s mobile app. ICBC Argentina will be the first bank in the country to implement facial biometrics in mobile banking. As of February 2017, ICBC is the largest bank in the world by total assets and the most valuable bank in the world by market capitalization. Earlier this

Dongbu HiTek to provide fingerprint sensors to Chinese car manufacturer

South Korean foundry firm Dongbu HiTek will provide fingerprint recognition sensors to Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD, according to a report by Pulse. The move expands Dongbu HiTek’s line of biometric products to mobile devices, bringing it beyond home security solutions such as door locks. Dongbu HiTek recently advanced its processing technology to create fingerprint sensing chips that deliver improved recognition accuracy and reduced errors, which apply to devices like smartphones. With this latest move, Dongbu joins the ranks of

Fujitsu to resell Nok Nok Labs’ FIDO biometric authentication solutions

Fujitsu has partnered with Nok Nok Labs in which the Japanese systems integrator will act as a global value-added reseller (VAR) of the NNL S3 Authentication Suite to deliver end-to-end FIDO authentication to the Japanese market and worldwide to its global customer base. Under the agreement terms, Fujitsu will leverage the Nok Nok solution as a part of its online biometric authentication service, which provides companies that offer online services to their end users with the software and servers they

Korea Internet & Security Agency developing biometric authentication for mobile banking

South Korean government-run Korea Internet & Security Agency is developing biometric authentication for mobile banking with plans to commercialize the technology by late 2018, according to a report by The Korean Herald. “We are developing an algorithm for authenticating mobile banking with a combination of a fingerprint, heart rate and (an) electrocardiogram,” said Jason Kim, chief of KISA’s security technology dissemination team. “The technology is expected to be much safer than existing biometrics including iris sensors, fingerprint scanners and facial

Diebold Nixdorf, Samsung SDS to showcase biometric ATM

Diebold Nixdorf and Samsung SDS America have partnered to showcase how integrating mobile biometric technology and the self-service channel can help improve security and the overall consumer experience. The companies will jointly demonstrate the mobile-based biometric authentication method at the Digital Banking conference in Austin, Texas on June 12-14. The mobile-based transaction combines Samsung SDS Nexsign, a FIDO compliant biometric authentication platform that includes facial recognition technology combined with the ATM to complete a secure cardless cash withdrawal in seconds.

PQI My Lockey features Synaptics fingerprint sensor

Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensors with integrated SentryPoint security software are featured in the newest PQI My Lockey USB dongles. Synaptics’ SentryPoint includes SecureLink which combines support for TLS protocol with ECC authentication and AES encryption, protecting data end-to-end from the fingerprint sensor to the host. Quantum Matcher technology is used for fingerprint template matching and authentication and Synaptics’ PurePrint anti-spoofing technology helps distinguish between fake and live fingers. The PQI My Lockey offers secure fingerprint authentication to Windows 10

Will biometrics improve payment card security?

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. Most of us are familiar with the concept of biometrics — the science of using fingerprints and other unique identifiers to increase security. Many smartphones are already equipped with fingerprint scanners that people can use instead of entering a password or PIN to secure their phone. Could this biometric technology be used to secure other things we use every day, like debit and credit cards? Biometrics and