Thales has teamed up with Docaposte to upgrade the security of La Poste’s Identité Numérique mobile app. Docaposte is the digital subsidiary of La Poste, and is spearheading the collaboration between Thales and the French postal service provider.
To that end, Docaposte will integrate Gemalto’s two-factor mobile authentication technology into the Identité Numérique mobile app. The solution is Level 1 ANSSI certified as of January 20, and requires a code and a unique user identifier from those trying to log into their accounts. In that regard, it is worth noting that the Gemalto Mobile Protector offers support for both face and fingerprint recognition.
Docaposte will manage the security system, though the app itself will be hosted on Thales authentication servers that are compliant with the latest Trust Service Provider regulations.
“Identité Numérique is a trusted solution that simplifies French people’s everyday lives,” said Docaposte CEO Olivier Vallet. “ANSSI qualification opens up opportunities for a whole range of additional uses of the service.”
Gemalto’s Mobile Protector has previously been used to enable biometric authentication for a mobile banking app from Dai Nippon Printing in Japan. Thales completed its formal acquisition of Gemalto in April of 2019, and has since leveraged the latter’s digital identity expertise to deliver identity documents like e-passports and driver’s licenses.
Docaposte and Thales noted that both companies are located in France, which means that Identité Numérique is a local solution that was developed within the country with French technology. For Thales, the news comes shortly after the company announced that its new biometric payment card had received Mastercard certification. The card is built with biometric software and a T-shape sensor module from Fingerprint Cards.
Thales has also boasted about its energy-efficient Biometric Matching System, which was built to leave a smaller carbon footprint and lower costs for manufacturers.