FIDO Alliance Announces Substantial Mobile World Congress 2014 Lineup

final-fido-logoIn December, the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance announced that the first working model of its protocol had manifested as the FIDO Ready certification program. Those solutions meeting the requirements to call themselves FIDO Ready have been tested by a third party using the Nok Nok Labs Multifactor Authentication Client Server and demonstrated a level of interoperability in line with the current working draft of the Alliance’s specifications.

The first of the FIDO Ready products were showcased at CES 2014 in Las Vegas this past January, and now that we are on the cusp of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014) in Barcelona, FIDO is promising more.

Today, FIDO announced its MWC 2014 schedule, along with descriptions of the certified products it will be showcasing as it continues its crusade on the password. AGNITiO, Oberthur Technologies, Infineon Technologies and Nok Nok Labs will all be in attendance as post password ambassadors in Barcelona next week, each demonstrating technology and speaking on the FIDO protocol’s benefits.

As can be expected, AGNITiO will have its FIDO Ready voice biometric technology on display. The Voice iD biometric engine is certified, as are the solutions that leverage it, some of which have already won awards, like the KIVOX mobile security solution. Voice iD will be on display February 23, 4-7pm in the Palau de la Musica Catalana, as well as at the Oberthur booth (Hall 6, stand 6127) and GSMA, The Connected City (Hall 3, stands 3A11 and 3A31).

AGNITiO will also be teaming up with fellow Alliance member Oberthur Technologies in another contactless demonstration of post-password security, this time with the SESAMES Award winning solution “My Voice Is My Password.” The solution, which first made its distinctive splash at Cartes 2013, allows for voice biometrics to authenticate logical access and financial transactions, giving end users a convenient and viable alternative to ye olde password protection.

Meanwhile Infineon Technologies will be presenting a number of FIDO Ready solutions for mobile, PC and laptop at its booth (Hall2, stand 21 10MR).  GO-Trust microSD is one of these, and it is very FIDO Ready. The microSD acts as a method of catching end user devices up to the consortium’s specifications. Able to work with almost all existing laptops and computers, as well as every Android device on the market, its addition instantly makes a machine FIDO Ready.

Infineon is a founding member of FIDO, and as such has a strong focus on the Alliance’s specifications when it comes to properly equipping its clients with integration and credential management solutions. As such its booth will also be a place to find demonstrations of multiple FIDO Ready products for a wide range of hardware platforms.

As can be expected, the FIDO Alliance will also be hosting events throughout the week. On February 25, Sebastien Taveau, chief evangelist of Synaptics will lead a 40 minute panel discussion titled “Why the Market Chooses Digital Identity Solutions.” Later in the week, on the 27th, a panel titled “Developing the Ecosystem for Mobile Identity Services” will involve a large number of FIDO personalities.

“At Mobile World Congress, FIDO Alliance members will engage the global mobile community in our important quest for universal strong authentication,” explains Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance. “Like the Internet, the mobile industry is limited until strong authentication standards are ubiquitous. Trust is foundational to mobile markets – mobile users who can trust that the products and services they use are secure and private will organically push markets for more. With FIDO authentication, mobile services and products become easier to use with authentication that is simple, yet more secure and private than passwords and PINs.”