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Advanced Mobile Biometrics Ready for Fast Track

21 August 2015

Sensory Inc. and FIDO Alliance have announced the first FIDO UAF (Universal Authentication Framework) Certified multimodal (voice and face) biometric technology, which dramatically improves on what fingerprint technologies and single-mode face or voice solutions alone can do. The FIDO (Fast Identification Online) Alliance is a consortium of security and biometrics companies advancing adoption of online/mobile authentication and secure mobile transactions.

Sensory's TrulySecure technology complies with FIDO's Universal Authentication Framework 1.0 to offer significant security advantages over other biometrics technologies. It also provides greater protection of user data and further safeguarding apps and mobile devices from hackers.

By combining Sensory’s TrulySecure technology with the FIDO Certified program, FIDO providers are able to integrate the biometric solution easily. Sensory joined the FIDO Alliance in early 2015, working along with companies such as Nok Nok Labs to ensure the biometric authenticator solution powered by TrulySecure, was fully compliant with FIDO UAF 1.0 specs.

TrulySecure relies on Sensory's deep strengths in speech processing, computer vision and machine learning. The combination of face recognition and speaker verification to authenticate a specific individual allows users to know that their device is secure, without the hassle of fumbling around with a fingerprint reader or entering a password or PIN every time they want to access it. Consistent with FIDO standards, TrulySecure is an on-device biometric not requiring a cloud connection.

Embedded biometric solutions are also preferred for their higher security and reliability compared to cloud based systems—which have proven to be vulnerable to hackers and break-ins—and undependable in low-signal/no Internet environments. In addition to the security and dependability benefits of being embedded, TrulySecure further safeguards devices and data by requiring two forms of biometrics, making it at least twice as secure as even the best fingerprint readers found on mobile devices.

Combinations of biometrics seem to be the way to go lately and several companies and universities are working on their own versions of potential solutions. Fingerprints have just proven too easy to lift and replicate or just hack into designs. Expectations are that the Sensory/FIDO technology will be used for ordinary authentication situations, all the way up to providing security for bank accounts.

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