17 July, 2014
Polish bank taps HID Global
HID Global announced that mBank, a Polish Bank owned by Commerzbank, has deployed HID Global’s ActivID DisplayCard Tokens. The tokens provide mBank’s corporate banking customers with multi-factor authentication to securely access their Internet and mobile banking accounts.
Headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, mBank was seeking a secure and convenient Internet and mobile banking authentication solution that was easy to deploy. HID’s ActivID DisplayCard Tokens were selected by mBank based on these requirements and HID Global’s algorithm that was interoperable with mBank’s back-end system.
The ActivID DisplayCard Token has enabled mBank to offer its corporate banking customers a customized, credit card style authentication solution. The token includes a touchpad for secure PIN entry that can fit in customers’ wallets easily, making it portable and enables access to their Internet bank accounts from a computer or mobile device anywhere at anytime. The ActivID DisplayCard also eliminates the need for special readers.
Smart cards in gov to grow 10.4% over five years
Research and Markets announced the addition of the “Global Smart Card Market in the Government Sector 2014-2018” report. The analysts forecast the Global Smart Card market in the Government sector will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.4% by revenue and 8.5% by unit shipments over the period 2013-2018.
Smart cards are used across different end-user segments for a variety of applications. Smart cards are used extensively for a range of purposes, from basic identification to border security management.
Government e-ID cards are cards issued by national governments which give every national a way to prove their identity and residence in their respective country. Various governments have been using smart cards for various applications, benefiting both citizens and government.
Governments across the globe have been able to reduce costs, increase operational efficiency, and manage national databases better by issuing smart cards to their citizens. Many governments have already issued or are in the process of issuing smart cards to their respective citizens, while the rest are planning to implement various smart card projects. The Global Smart Card market in the Government sector is witnessing steady growth and this trend is expected to continue during the forecast period.
The Global Smart Card market in the Government sector can be divided into three segments: e-passport, e-DL and e-ID. These are the major applications of smart cards in the Government sector.
Cross Match available via UK’s G-Cloud CloudStore
Cross Match Technologies announced the availability of its biometric solutions to enable criminal booking, mobile ID/enrolment and border verification/identification via the UK’s G-Cloud CloudStore.
Cross Match supports the government with their objective to transform the way IT is bought but also consumed across the wider public sector to help improve the efficiency of police, government agencies and the military.
Customers are now able to access a select range of Cross Match’s solutions via the G-Cloud CloudStore. The G-Cloud cataloge is open to all public sector clients and is designed to provide a simple streamlined process for buying Information and Communications Technology focused products and services as a commodity, thereby avoiding time-consuming and costly open tenders.
Cross Match’s G-Cloud offering incorporates proprietary software applications and fully certified livescan and multimodal mobile hardware, addressing multiple biometric and credentialing modalities. Applications include WEBS cloud-based identity management software, as well as Mission Oriented Biometric Software for multi-biometric handhelds.
Technology solutions include the company’s Guardian and Patrol ten-print fingerprint scanners, 500P and 1000PX palm scanners, Verifier Mw single finger identification handheld, SEEK Avenger multi-biometric handheld, and Authenticator® secure credential reader.
SecureKey, Oberthur partner on mobile ID
SecureKey and Oberthur Technologies announced their collaboration to bring to market a range of solutions compliant with the GSMA-led Mobile Connect initiative that provides secure access and authentication for online services.
Based on SecureKey’s briidge.net Connect cloud-based digital identity management platform and leveraging OT’s long standing expertise in secure element-based security, these solutions allow mobile operators to provide consumers with secure smart phone-based authentication solutions across the broadest range of devices in the market, eliminating the need for usernames and passwords when accessing online services. The solution increases convenience, while reducing fraud and risk for online services for both service providers and consumers.
As online services proliferate, in industries such as financial services, government and healthcare, consumers are often forced to use multiple identities and passwords to access services. This accumulation of log-in credentials represents a burden to consumers and also opens them to critical security and privacy vulnerabilities.
Gemalto supporting African health initiative
Gemalto is providing its support to the GSMA pan-African mHealth Initiative, a mobile ecosystem that aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.
Acting as one of the first partners in this undertaking, Gemalto is contributing its digital security expertise to two mHealth programs: the United Nations Every Women Every Child Global Strategy and the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact. GSMA’s PAMI brings together stakeholders from the mobile and health industries, as well as from the public sector.
Gemalto will help bring mHealth and nutrition services to the masses dynamically through its advanced SmartMessage interactive messaging solution, leveraging its existing relationships with mobile operators across the region. The aim is to simplify the relationships between patients and health stakeholders to deliver targeted nutritional and health advice via mobile phones.
The project will leverage a range of communications products, solutions and infrastructures to deliver mHealth support that meets the needs of over 15 million pregnant women and mothers with children under five years old.
The first phase of the initiative will be launched across seven countries (Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia) in September 2014, extending to a further four (Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania) in early 2015.