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Safran Identity & Security providing mobile authentication solutions to Latin America


Through its range of mobile authentication solutions, Safran Identity & Security is working to help mobile network operators accelerate the digitalization of the Latin American economy.

Next to Asia-Pacific, Latin America has become one of the fastest-growing regions for e-commerce with Brazil being the largest online market, according to BI Intelligence.

“Digital life calls for digital identities,” said Rafael Canon, telecom marketing manager for LATAM at Safran Identity & Security. “Security and convenience in handling these is the basis for digital growth – here mobile network operators have the opportunity to build acceptance and growth of digital transactions by offering new ways for secure and convenient authentication.”

“To solve this problem, we recommend our GSMA Mobile Connect solution. Instead of remembering an ever-increasing number of usernames and passwords, with Mobile Connect operators can provide a single trusted, secure and convenient SIM-based authentication solution.”

Latin American mobile network operators (MNOs) recently began adopting Mobile Connect, which Safran Identity & Security aims to improve with biometric technology, Canon said.

According to the Latin American “Banco Itaú”, the use of biometrics has helped reduce digital transaction time by more than 30 percent as well as decreased fraud by 68 percent.

MNOs can also expect similar results by integrating facial recognition into the Mobile Connect solution, enabling users to perform a “selfie check” with the smartphone to quickly and securely verify their identities, Canon said.

The liveness detection feature ensures that the user is actually human and not an individual holding up a photograph of the authorized user.

“This is a unique way to combine security and convenience – and in my opinion it will bring the next big boost for the digitalization of the economy in Latin America,” Canon said.

In December, Safran Identity & Security signed a five-year contract with the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) for a multi-biometric identification system and related services to conform and update the Mexican national voter registry.

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