03 September, 2015
HID, Microsoft talking ‘tapping’ for access to cloud apps
HID Global announced that it is working with Microsoft to make cloud app access as simple as tapping a smart card to a laptop, tablet, smartphone and other NFC-based mobile devices.
HID Global hosted a webinar on mobile user authentication and how the company’s, ActivID Tap Authentication, can benefit users of Office 365 and other cloud-based applications in their daily work. The two companies will host part two of the public webinar series later this year and will build on the foundational meetings with key Microsoft ISVs at Microsoft WPC in Orlando that took place earlier this year.
Some use cases for ActivID Tap Authentication include retailers accessing inventory control and payment systems from the store floor. Enterprise and health care workers who have to login to numerous applications throughout the day can replace complex passwords with a more simple tap-in experience.
Introduced in April, ActivID Tap Authentication for Microsoft is powered by HID’s Seos and integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Federation Services and the HID Global Authentication Cloud Service. It supports Microsoft Windows 7 laptops and desktops, Android-based tablets and other mobile devices via NFC.
Zvetco unveils biometric safe
Zvetco Biometrics announced the introduction of the Verifi Smart.Safe line of biometric safes with identity management capabilities. The first in the series, the S6000, is now available for sale on the company web site and on Amazon.com.
The Verifi S6000 is a tabletop sized safe made of solid steel, and enables access at the touch of a finger. The S6000 also has user management capabilities. The owner has full control over creating additional users and corresponding privileges, and can delete selected users without the need to re-enroll everybody else. For accountability and traceability, it logs every usage of the safe, including the user ID and timestamp, and keeps event logs to record when users are added/deleted, fingerprints added, or alarm conditions are triggered.
The S6000 biometric control module uses a large area, silicon based, capacitive, FIPS-201 certified and FBI approved fingerprint sensor from Crossmatch, the same chip that powers Zvetco’s FIPS-201 certified P6000 fingerprint reader, and the P6500 combination reader.
TeleSign launches unified API for two-factor authentication
TeleSign launched Smart Verify, a new API designed to simplify end-user verification and two-factor authentication for online and mobile app-based accounts to help prevent fraud and stop account compromise. Smart Verify uses a proprietary “Smart Decision Engine” that provides a configurable workflow to determine the optimal sequencing of verification and authentication methods choosing between SMS, voice or push notifications.
With TeleSign Smart Verify, developers can:
- Build intelligent workflows: with a single API, developers can utilize a configurable verification workflow based on industry best practices and without the need to integrate multiple APIs
- Reduce fraudulent activity: Detect potential fraud with real-time analytics of a phone number’s attributes, usage and fraud history to automatically determine if a verification process should proceed
- Manage verification costs: Use the optimal verification methods in each scenario, such as push notifications to mobile app users instead of SMS messages
- Gain better visibility: Track user verification and authentication activity as well as costs incurred with a single reporting tool.
Smart Verify combines multiple TeleSign products, including PhoneID, Push Verify and SMS & Voice Verification, into a single API that uses the proprietary Smart Decision Engine to help increase completion rates and better manage costs all while minimizing the development effort needed to get started.
LEGIC adds Bodet to ID network
The LEGIC ID Network has expanded to include reader manufacturer Bodet Software. Bodet has decided to implement LEGIC reader chips into its systems. For more than 20 years, the Bodet Group has been a provider of time & attendance and personnel management solutions for small and medium enterprises.