Biometric authentication goes mobile

Biometric authentication goes mobile

Today, there are nearly 7 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, as estimated by the International Telecommunication Union. That is 95.5 percent of the world's population! And in this highly connected world, each and every individual mobile subscriber must be sure that personal data and identities are being protected. The awareness of the value of personal data is growing while solutions to manage usernames and passwords become more cumbersome and the use of biometric data to authenticate access will become more widely implemented.

Experience in identity management is needed
Here is where Morpho comes into play. This high-technology company is not only one of the top 3 SIM manufacturers, but also the global leader in biometric and identity management. It has proven its experience so far with 500 million identity documents (ID) and processes 1 million identity document authentication requests and up to 1 million biometric enrollments each day. Morpho's identity management solutions are used by governments and other organizations around the world to protect people, assets and communities. Morpho has more than 30 years of experience implementing and maintaining large Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), civil and corporate solutions.

The next big driver for biometrics
Mobile phones as the all-in-one device suitable for every purpose are thought to be the next big driver for biometrics. Today's phones and tablets enable highly sensitive services, so securing the unique data of each individual person is a key challenge for the mobile world today and the basis for trust tomorrow. Our comprehensive telecommunications and security expertise allows us to offer new and efficient solutions for secure elements, securing data, transactions and identification for the whole mobile communications ecosystem. As mobile devices and smartphones continue to proliferate and provide users with powerful mobile, networked multimedia computing options, the need for security will become even greater – calling for the strongest security enabler: biometrics. Adding biometrics features such as fingerprints, iris and voice to mobile devices promises to help in a wide area, from website login and anti-counterfeiting, IDs and passports to financial transactions and healthcare processes and on to preventing unauthorized access to accounts and sensitive data.

Numerous use cases
Morpho enables the full mobile ID chain: It offers identity authentication and derivation* for public and private services, strong enrollment and Trusted Identity Service Management, including secure credentials provisioning and downloading and management of related security domains and applications. Morpho's solutions for mobile phones and tablets have many use cases. For Mobile Network Operators they can provide a vital solution at customer registration. As regulators increase their requirements for validating the identity of the new customer, “Know Your Customer” (KYC) becomes more vital. Morpho's solutions can provide a simple secure solution to this complex problem.

A perfect platform for mobility, versatility and data security
The new MorphoTablet™ is a particularly good example of how Morpho uses its expertise to produce innovative combinations of mobile devices and biometrics. It is an enterprise-class touch-sensitive device that adds the security of biometrics (fingerprint and face) and cryptographic functions to mobile operations – the perfect platform for mobility, versatility and data security, enabling the delivery of trusted services in any sector, anytime, anywhere. But Morpho can not only integrate biometric technology into its own devices, but also enable it in existing platforms. For example, Morpho's Software Development Kit (SDK) can enable new biometric capability to be supported by Android devices. Biometric data can be captured with the support of cameras and other capability the phone may have or coded and matched against data stored in an accessible database. Thanks to the SDK, Mobile Network Operators can chose if they would like to undertake the development by teams within the Mobile Network Operator or by Morpho on their behalf – of course ensuring that the security requirements and the correct brand implementation and usability required by the customer can be implemented.

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