FIDO Alliance lauds first-year progress of Japan Working Group

The FIDO Alliance has announced that membership in its FIDO Japan Working Group (FJWG) has doubled in the first year to 25 companies, indicating what the Alliance calls “a year of great progress for FIDO Authentication in Japan” in 2017. New members to the FJWG include mobile network operator (MNO) KDDI, which joins the country’s other two MNOs in the organization, along with JCB, Japan’s only international payment brand. Deployments of FIDO authentication by major organizations in Japan accelerated over

JCB to trial multipurpose server-based visible light palm authentication

JCB, a global payment brand and payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan, announced that it will be running a trial of multipurpose server-based visible light palm authentication in February at JCB headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, in collaboration with Universal Robot Co. and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The trial will use Universal Robot’s visible light palm authentication, using both palm print and vein patterns. Universal Robot’s patented technology makes it possible to capture vein patterns

Tokyo 2020 athletes, staff, media to be screened with NEC facial recognition

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will deploy NEC facial recognition technology at game venues to screen athletes, staff and journalists, the Japan Times reports. The technology is expected to increase security by preventing the use of ID cards which have been borrowed, stolen, or forged, and possibly also to reduce wait times. Unnamed sources told the Times that the entry process for spectators will be the same as previous Olympics. Between 300,000 and 400,000 people are expected to

Japan selects Panasonic facial recognition tech for border security

Panasonic’s facial recognition gate has been chosen by Japan’s Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice to streamline immigration procedures at a major Japanese airport. Three Panasonic facial recognition gates have been operating at Tokyo International Airport’s immigration control Since October 18, 2017 to assist the immigration examination of Japanese travelers returning home. The system compares photographic data of the traveler’s face in the IC chip embedded in the person’s passport with a photo taken at the facial recognition gate

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IDEMIA and JCB to introduce F-Code biometric payment card in Japan

IDEMIA has partnered with international payment network JCB to introduce the F-Code biometric payment card to Japanese customers. The F-Code solution is a payment card that features a built-in fingerprint sensor. F-Code ensures a unique and universal identification and helps retailers speed up the check-out process as well as enabling banks and governments to reduce illegitimate access to services and prevent identity fraud and theft. This partnership announcement was made by Didier Lamouche, IDEMIA’s CEO, at the JCB World Conference

Japan’s hotels using biometric technology for guest registration

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is promoting the use of new technologies to simplify hotel registration and payment processes for guests, which will allow them to check in and make payments using a fingerprint sensor and an epassport scanner, according to a report by South China Morning Post. The “Touch & Pay” fingerprint authentication system is one of the “miQip” identification services under the ministry’s “infrastructure improvement projects to create new business for IoT promotion”. The initiative is

Japan regulator aims to deliver new digital ID powered by blockchain

The Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan, one of the country’s main regulators, is working on an initiative aimed at delivering a new digital ID powered by blockchain technology that will make banking more efficient for Japanese consumers, according to a report by Secure ID. Based on early reports and interest in the technology, the effort could lead to improved government services for Japanese citizens. The FSA is partnering with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui and Mizuho on a

BIO-key announces DDS as a major OEM customer in Japan

Japanese security solutions provider DDS Inc. has selected BIO-key’s SideSwipe fingerprint scanners to provide secure biometric authentication for its custom, Windows-based authentication solutions. DDS, which develops and delivers information security products to enterprise customers throughout Asia, has purchased an initial 30,000 devices for deployment in customer implementations. DDS is a system integrator for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Group, Japan’s largest telecom, governmental organization and corporate customer. “After researching options for an affordable, Windows-compatible fingerprint reader, BIO-key’s compact readers, which

Sumitomo Mitsui to develop multi-factor biometrics identification solutions

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group will develop multi-factor biometric identification solution to enable customers to make secure online payments for the company’s new fintech venture, according to a report by Nikkei Asian Review. The move comes a few months after Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. (SMFG) first announced it was partnering with a major Japanese IT firm and an Irish company to form a new biometric authentication services company. The bank will own a majority stake in the new 20-person fintech