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Bionym Joins FIDO Alliance to simplify secure online authentication


Bionym announced it has joined FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance.

Bionym aims to provide a single point of persistent identity through its wearable identity authentication device, the Nymi, complementing the FIDO framework and working with FIDO-enabled services and websites to generate a trusted ecosystem for seamless authentication.

The Nymi detects users’ cardiac rhythm to authenticate their identity, allowing them to wirelessly take control of their devices, car and more.

“The FIDO Alliance represents a true collaborative effort to make online identity authentication both secure and effortless for users,” said Bionym CEO Karl Martin. “Bionym’s Nymi fits naturally within this framework, with our focus on seamless identity for a broad range of digital and physical applications. Joining the FIDO Alliance represents a natural step in bringing the Nymi to the masses and making it widely compatible across devices and services. We’re extremely excited to bring our unique capability of persistent, trusted identity to the entire ecosystem of smart devices.”

“Bionym, with the FIDO Alliance, supports the simple strategy of delivering seamless, effortless and secure authentication,” said Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance. “FIDO standards will make devices, like Bionym’s Nymi, widely available and readily usable for the masses, by making the Nymi compatible and interoperable across systems, networks and services.”

The open release of Nymi SDK will be launched later this summer, making available a wide range of applications that support the Nymi identity solution.

The FIDO Alliance was formed in 2012 to change the current state of authentication by developing standards-based specifications that define online authentication mechanisms. The organization has a growing membership, including Google, MasterCard, and Bank of America.

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