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NTT DOCOMO first to implement Qualcomm biometrics authentication platform


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) announced that NTT DOCOMO Inc. has become the first operator to adopt and implement the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics platform.

The platform, which is currently supported in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, is being used alongside third-party biometric sensors for DOCOMO’s mobile biometric authentication service starting this week in Japan.

The service includes ID login authentication and carrier billing payment, which will provide customers with greater security and simplified authentication when making mobile payments and accessing DOCOMO’s content and services.

DOCOMO decided to replace its previous passwords and pin codes system with Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics platform, deploying it across its entire network.

The platform offers many benefits including enhanced authentication capabilities and usability over other authentication methods, greater security of biometric data and data processing, and improved interoperability among FIDO-enabled devices.

These benefits lead to faster development time, decreased costs of development, higher quality devices, valuable differentiation and increased demand from end-users.

After considering these benefits, DOCOMO has decided to launch the DOCOMO online authentication service with smartphones from Sharp and Fujitsu using the Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics platform on May 28.

DOCOMO plans to expand its biometric authentication feature to other high-end devices this winter, while many Android devices launching on the DOCOMO network with services, including ID login authentication and carrier billing payment, will use the Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics platform.

“We are pleased with DOCOMO’s recent launch of authentication services based on the Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics platform in order to offer its consumers an improved authentication and mobile payment experience on their mobile devices,” said Raj Talluri, SVP of product management at QTI. “Users want more effective and convenient ways to access their mobile devices and services with easier yet stronger authentication, and QTI is setting the standard when it comes to innovative solutions that directly address those concerns.”

The Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics platform is supported by QTI’s secure authentication framework, which provides secure processing and storage of biometric data.

The platform also consists of certified implementation of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) protocol, which provides secure authentication and connection among FIDO-enabled devices and services.

Previously reported, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. launched Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D fingerprint technology, which it calls the mobile industry’s first ultrasonic-based 3D fingerprint authentication technology.

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12 Replies to “NTT DOCOMO first to implement Qualcomm biometrics authentication platform”

  1. Biometric authentication could be a candidate for displacing the password if/when (only if/when) it has stopped depending on a password to be registered in case of false rejection while keeping the near-zero false acceptance.

    Threats that can be thwarted by biometric products operated together with fallback/backup passwords can be thwarted more securely by passwords alone. We could be certain that biometrics would help for better security only when it is operated together with another factor by AND/Conjunction (we need to go through both of the two), not when operated with another factor by OR/Disjunction (we need only to go through either one of the two) as in the cases of Touch ID and many other biometric products on the market that require a backup/fallback password, which only increase the convenience by bringing down the security.

    In short, biometric solutions could be recommended to the people who want convenience but should not be recommended to those who need security.

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