Samsung plans to add biometric modalities
Samsung is committing to biometric technology, with plans to possibly add iris recognition to future handsets and adding fingerprint technology to others handsets as well, according to published reports.
The company places a fingerprint sensor in the GalaxyS5 this spring and is looking to add other modalities, Rhee In-jong, Samsung’s senior vice president told analysts and investors at a forum in Hong Kong.
Chinese retailer taps DigitalPersona
DigitalPersona Inc. announced that New Look, a China fashion retailer, has selected a Point-of-Sale (POS) system enabled with DigitalPersona fingerprint technology. After a trial at six of the retailer’s stores in February 2014, New Look is set to expand their use of biometrics in 16 of its stores by the end of 2014 — with longer-range plans to equip 100 stores by 2017. The retailer initially selected biometric technology as an alternative to passwords for improving time and attendance accuracy, but found it also enhances loss prevention and customer service.
Each New Look store has two to four POS terminals depending on the store size, which are shared by the retailer’s employees. In the past, the potential for employees to clock in for each other existed, increasing the risk of payroll fraud. Prior to adopting fingerprint biometrics, New Look implemented six-digit passwords to enhance security. However, passwords were cumbersome for employees to remember and had to be changed every 90 days to meet security standards. As a result, the IT department at New Look’s UK-based headquarters saw an uptick in the number of calls to reset forgotten passwords.
New Look employees now use their fingerprints to clock in and log on to the POS terminals, providing a more secure alternative to passwords. In turn, store managers and deputy managers must use their fingerprints to approve returns, discounts and overrides.
Incorporating biometrics to confirm positive identity creates a business advantage for retailers, such as New Look, which hopes to attract more franchise owners and open more stores as part of its expansion plans in China. New Look China is also considering recommending deployment at their UK headquarters.
Visa joins FIDO Alliance
The FIDO Alliance announced that Visa Inc., the global payments technology company, has joined the FIDO Alliance and been appointed to the Board of Directors. Visa Europe will join the alliance as a sponsor member and will be represented on the board by Visa Inc.
FIDO Alliance members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and private, and easier-to-use.
INSIDE Secure unveils new chip
INSIDE Secure announced the launch of AT90SC28880RCFV2, a dual interface –contact and contactless — secure microcontroller with a cryptographic library. AT90SC28880RCFV2 is designed to provide strong security at high speed for e-Government applications, mainly digital identification. It complies with the ISO 14443 contactless card standard, thus fulfills industry-wide compatibility requirements for transactions between contact or contactless cards and readers.
Fortinet invests in Centrify
Fortinet, a network security provider, announced it has invested in Centrify, an identity management provider. The companies also initiated an alliance where Fortinet and Centrify can leverage each other’s technologies.
Other investors include Samsung Ventures and NTT Docomo Capital. Other Centrify strategic partners include the KNOX Business Group of Samsung Electronics, whereby Centrify identity management software is to be integrated into Samsung mobile devices.
Centrify offers single sign-on for cloud and mobile applications, as well as management of a variety of mobile devices, enabling enterprises to manage identity and access policies for cloud and mobile resources. Centrify is currently used by more than 5,000 customers worldwide.