Now that the dust has settled on the fingerprint fever that followed in the wake of the iPhone 5S and its Touch ID biometric lock, other strong authentication modalities are making viable claims on next generation mobile security. Prior to the iPhone 5S launch, research experts were pointing to biometric software that leverages existing smartphone hardware to verify users as the technology that will inevitably replace passwords. Now, time is proving those claims partially correct, and a number of biometric software solutions are bringing non-fingerprint biometric modalities into the consumer mobile device.
To that effect, voice biometrics company AGNITiO has released a demo version of its KIVOX voice biometrics app through the official website. KIVOX is a voice biometric security applications for mobile devices that can be used to allow for secure access to apps and documents, log on, authentication for users when interacting with call centers and the current holy grail of consumer facing mobile strong authentication solutions: authorize secure mobile payments.
The idea in using any biometric solution for mCommerce is to offer a needed higher level of security while also reducing end user friction during transactions that normally require cumbersome username and password procedures to be exhibited. With a voice biometric solution, users can authenticate in a method that is more natural for a phone rather than have to suffer through an identification process that was designed on and for a full QUERTY keyboard device.
KIVOX is on its way, according to the most recent AGNITiO press releases, as a downloadable post-password solution that can boast a FIDO Ready certification from the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance. The biometric engine that stands as the basis for this technology – Voice iD – is also well distinguished, also being behind the SESAMES Award winning “My Voice is My Password” solution from Oberthur Technologies.
Now that Taiwanese handset maker HTC has released a new flagship smartphone that has broken the embedded fingerprint sensor trend set by its own previous model, Apple and Samsung, having viable biometric software options is no longer a luxury of choice, but a necessity if mCommerce is to take off in the ways experts have been projecting for the next five years.