Indian government calls on vendors to make affordable biometric smartphones

In an effort to more quickly move towards digital cashless economy, the Indian government is calling on local smartphone vendors to develop sub-Rs 2,000 (US$29.36) smartphones with capabilities to “scan for Aadhaar-based financial transactions” and eventually perform digital payments, according to a report by BGR India. The government has singled out Indian smartphone vendors like Micromax, Lava, Intex and Karbonn to develop biometric smartphones that are more affordable for people living in rural and remote areas of the country. “The

Digital identity verification firm Jumio wins Austrian start-up award

Jumio has been awarded the title of Austrian start-up of the year in the Central European Start-Up Awards. Jumio’s digital ID verification solution uses computer vision technology and biometric facial recognition to verify credentials issued by over 200 countries in real time web and mobile transactions. In a company statement, Jumio says the judges were impressed with its 47 percent growth in annual recurring revenue year-over-year, that it counts five Fortune 50 firms as customers and that its diverse and

Qualcomm adds fingerprint authentication support for WeChat mobile payment service

Qualcomm has become the first company to support hardware-backed biometric fingerprint authentication capabilities for Tencent’s WeChat mobile payment service, enabled by the Qualcomm Haven security platform’s authentication framework. As a result, WeChat users will be able to authenticate themselves using their fingerprints when conducting online transactions on mobile devices, rather than entering PIN codes or passwords. The Qualcomm Haven authentication framework supports the Tencent-developed SOTER protocol for security authentication, which includes the fingerprint matching, processing, local storage, and communication to

Morpho mobile face authentication solution certified by FIDO

Morpho’s ‘selfie-based’ mobile biometrics authentication solution has been certified by FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance, validating the quality of Morpho’s implementation of FIDO standards and ensuring interoperability among other FIDO compliant products and services. With Morpho’s solution, service providers can easily deploy facial authentication for secure access to their services for all customers on mobile devices currently on the marketplace. The company’s face authenticator solution utilizes face recognition for smart phones and tablets and liveness detection to replace traditional user

Congress investigates security of mobile payments

The House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday to preliminary review disruptive technologies in the mobile payments space, according to a report by Bank Info Security. With testimonies from PayPal, Samsung Pay and the Merchant Customer Exchange, the hearing’s main takeaway was that while most mobile payments options offer stronger user authentication and convenience, they fail to provide the same legal and legislative protections as other methods. Though the committee did not reveal any plans to take legislative

New white paper highlights how biometrics could improve air travel

Tascent, Inc. has published a new white paper, “A New Golden Age for Air Travel,” which looks at a handful of ways in which biometrics technology can be implemented to improve the air travel experience for passengers. The specific requirements of the aviation industry simplifies the process of deciding which technology to implement. For example, iris recognition could expedite processes throughout the airport, including self-service bag drop, self-service airplane boarding and automated frequent-flier lounge entry, according to the report. Additionally,

Mitek’s facial recognition platform: Q&A with Sarah Clark

Mitek recently enhanced its instant ID document verification solution, Photo Verify, by adding facial recognition capabilities. The end result is a strong two-factor authentication process that helps businesses benefit from the mobile channel to ultimately acquire more customers and payments while lowering security risk. The company acquired the technology last May in its purchase of IDchecker, a Dutch firm which provides cloud-based identity document verification and facial recognition tools. Using facial recognition technology, Photo Verify verifies that the document being