VASCO unveils new products, Car sharing service taps LEGIC
25 September, 2015
category: Biometrics, Contactless, Digital ID, Financial, NFC, Smart Cards
VASCO unveils two authenticators
VASCO Data Security International Inc. announced two new DIGIPASS authenticators with Cronto-based visual transaction signing capabilities. Both hardware authenticators utilize an encrypted color QR code to protect against attacks on online and mobile banking.
DIGIPASS 780 is a small, hand-held authenticator with a color touchscreen display and PIN protection. The addition of PIN protection enhances the security of the device and expands the protection schemes that may be employed by a bank. DIGIPASS 780 also features a rechargeable battery and multi-language support.
DIGIPASS 880 is a smart card reader and authentication and signing device. The smart card reader allows remote banking customers to insert their EMV card into the built-in card reader creating a card-present environment for online banking and ecommerce transactions. This provides the highest level of security against fraud and protects sensitive payment and user data.
Cronto technology utilizes a color QR code to provide a unique and highly-secure authentication and visual transaction signing solution. Cronto technology helps banks protect customers against attacks that incorporate hacking techniques such as phishing and social engineering by replacing less secure methods of login — such as username and password — and transaction verification.
Visual transaction signing enhances user convenience by reducing the interaction required – users simply point their Cronto-enabled device at their screen and the QR code is automatically captured allowing all of the encrypted transaction details to be communicated through a secure channel without the risk of tampering. Cronto technology is available in select DIGIPASS hardware and software solutions.
Car sharing service taps LEGIC for access
DriveNow, the carsharing service from the BMW Group and Sixt SE, has done away with key and instead is using contactless smart cards and NFC. BMWs and MINIs from the DriveNow fleet can now be opened and locked with the help of a contactless credit card and the LEGIC 4000 series reader chip.
Car sharing members can open the vehicle by simply holding out a BMW credit card to subsequently use it. The contactless reader chip from the LEGIC 4000 series is a central element of this. All BMWs and MINIs from carsharing provider DriveNow are now equipped with a multi-card reader based on the LEGIC 4500M chip, which facilitates contactless communication between a card and the vehicle.
The 4000 series reader chip from LEGIC supports all leading radio frequency standards, including NFC and now also BLE.
The NFC chip is fitted into both the DriveNow customer card and the BMW credit card. NFC is a radio standard for data transmission over short distances, transforming a card into a car key. The rented vehicle opens as soon as the card is held close to the sensor on the windscreen. A green smiley signals the correct identification of the driver, ensuring access to the car.
MorphoTrak opens West Virginia facility
MorphoTrak opened its first West Virginia facility. The biometric company plans to establish a Program Management and Engineering office at the new facility, and recruit from the local pool of experienced and well-qualified professionals to manage and support high-technology engineering projects.
The company also works with several state agencies including providing the West Virginia State Police Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Nationwide, the company provides security solutions to more than 1,000 federal, state and local government agencies and commercial enterprises.
The Morgantown location will also allow the company to expand its work with West Virginia University’s biometrics and forensics programs.