Fujitsu launches scalable cloud-based biometrics as a service offering
Fujitsu America has launched a cloud-based Biometrics-as-a-Service (BIOaaS) solution which enables organizations to address increasingly complex data security risks.
This offering demonstrates Fujitsu’s capability to secure financial, commercial and customer environments through integration with the company’s recently established Intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) in Dallas, providing real time security alerts in a seamless manner.
The cloud-based identity platform reduces costs and allows customers to select and combine biometric modalities to develop the best use case for their particular organization and requirements, allowing it to be rapidly integrated with existing business intelligence and systems.
Customers can choose from a range of biometric modalities including voice, face and fingerprint on their smartphones for low cost, low risk applications, along with the Fujitsu PalmSecure solution for high-security deployments.
BIOaaS is a massively scalable, globally available solution to help organizations determine a “true” identity in the first instance via identification or verifying against a known identity.
By using a centralized architecture, the solution allows new biometric information to be checked against existing biometrics databases to reduce fraud — a capability that is not possible with match-on-device solutions which are found in smartphones.
The flexible multi-factor authentication service allows organizations to leverage single sign-on (SSO) and remote access solutions, improving security for all users.
The cloud-based biometrics engine can match multiple biometric types, with the capability to add new products and sensors for existing biometrics without incurring back-end changes.
As a result, the solution ensures that customers only pay for current users in the system and not projected users, which significantly reduces costs.
BIOaaS’ scalable model offers a range of pre-configured deployments options based on target size, right up to hundreds of millions of users.
Since customers only pay for what they are currently using, all pilots and staged deployments are automatically low-cost.
BIOaaS runs on Fujitsu Enterprise Cloud Service K5, the cloud Fujitsu platform that offers enterprise-class, 99.99 percent availability and performance predictability, making it ideal for hosting an around-the-clock biometrics solution. In addition, the solution is also available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.
“The Biometrics-as-a-Service offering from Fujitsu has a secure messaging and authorization component that enables any unusual transaction to be rejected or approved and authorized by the true account holder in real time,” said Jason Bradlee, head of Security for Americas region at Fujitsu America, Inc. “The reason for this is simple and compelling: additional authentication factors, such as biometrics, in an access or payment solution, means that cyber criminals are unable to utilize large collections of identity information, and they will likely move on to less secure institutions.”
Earlier this month, Fujitsu partnered with biometrics firm BioSec Group to deliver the new generation of biometric palm vein recognition technology to the EMEIA region.