MWC 2016: Fingerprint authentication for wearable devices

Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronics demonstrate biometrics solution

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MWC 2016: Fingerprint authentication for wearable devices The collaborative fingerprint recognition venture aims to replace conventional username and password authentication for consumer applications
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 22, 2016

Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronics have together introduced an end-to-end security architecture for biometric fingerprint authentication for wearable and consumer electronic devices.

The collaborative fingerprint recognition venture aims to replace conventional username and password authentication for applications, such as payment, e-ticketing, digital access and two-factor strong authentication.

The demonstration on a smartwatch will take place at Mobile World Congress 2016 on a smartphone which features fingerprint sensors with low power consumption from Fingerprint Cards, plus Precise Biometrics' fingerprint software based on Precise BioMatch Embedded, which is an algorithm solution usually found on smart cards, cars and locks.

STMicroelectronics delivers its ST54 system-in-package solution, composed of an ST21NFC near-field communication controller and an ST33 embedded secure element based on 32-bit ARM SecurCore SC300. It also provides an STM32 ARM Cortex-M based low-power microcontroller managing the application.

Lastly, Gemalto provides the UpTeq eSE on which the user's credentials are stored, and the Match-On-Card application that validates the fingerprint placed on the sensor corresponds to the biometric data of the user.  

For end users, the new architecture spells an end to the complexity of having to remember numerous username and password combinations to access essential applications such as payment, secure email and government ID programs.

The companies suggest this solution will offer new opportunities to the consumer electronics market to implement secure authentication, plus it provides manufacturers the option to differentiate from competition without compromising security.

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