Gemalto showcases eGo payment system
Service authentication system covers everything from payments to physical access
Gemalto is showcasing its eGo authentication system this week. eGo incorporates a personal authentication device so small that it can be integrated into any personal object.
“eGo is a wonderful object that allows people to authenticate themselves to access multiple services,” says Romina Stroeymeyte, business innovation director at Gemalto.
The eGo authentication device contains the user’s personal authentication information, such as personal and payment details. When a user touches a doorknob or car door, for example, the eGo device connects to an eGo compliant reader within the car door or doorknob and transfers the user’s credentials, which are then checked by the reader via high speed wireless communication and body coupling technology. Once the user is authenticated, they will be able to access the car or door.
eGo can be used to make payments, use loyalty cards for shopping, to play video games and also to board airlines. A user can own multiple eGo objects that will be synchronised with the same apps and information automatically. The eGo device is protected by two factor authentication and a user signs into the device in the morning using a secret only they know. The user remains logged on until the eGo device is detached from their body. If the device is stolen, it can be remotely blocked.