Is this the end of the PIN code and password?

This is a guest post by Xavier Larduinat, Head of Banking and Payment Innovation at Gemalto. We’ve all struggled to remember complicated passwords when trying to access an online bank account, or forgotten a PIN number while making a payment in the past. We’ve come to accept it as a necessary inconvenience that helps to keep us safe – but wouldn’t life be so much easier if we didn’t have to use them? With huge strides being made in biometric

Veridos to deliver electronic ID cards to Zambia

Veridos has won a contract with The Republic of Zambia to deliver polycarbonate electronic ID cards to the country. Based on the German eID card concept, there is a contactless security chip embedded in the new ID card which supports multiple applications for biometric identification, authentication, and digital signature services. International standards including X.509 certificates for secure authentication are applied and biometric information is stored on the card. “We are pleased to provide the Republic of Zambia with new state-of-the-art

Crossmatch, Oxford Computer Group to offer biometric identity solutions to Microsoft customers

Crossmatch and Oxford Computer Group have partnered to offer biometric identity solutions to Microsoft customers. Under the agreement terms, Oxford Computer Group will become an authorized reseller offering Crossmatch’s DigitalPersona Composite Authentication software and support, as well as single finger readers to Microsoft customers. The partnership is expected to be a significant component of the defense against cybersecurity threats, particularly in light of the rise in global breaches. “The ‘breach-a-week’ global business culture is in desperate need of solutions that

HSBC to deploy FacePhi technology for mobile banking authentication

This week FacePhi announced a new contract with HSBC. The Argentinian branch of HSBC will be the first of the HSBC Group to deploy FacePhi’s facial recognition technology which allows bank clients to get access to their banking accounts just taking a selfie. Earlier this year, Facephi announced that its Facephi face recognition solution had achieved FIDO certification by passing FIDO UAF interoperability testing for its UAF Authenticator implementation.

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