FIDO Alliance Continues To Grow, Gains Oberthur Technologies

Today, security and identification solutions provider Oberthur Technologies has joined the FIDO Alliance – an organization committed to open specifications for strong authentication – and been appointed to its board of directors.

“The framework developed by the FIDO alliance is fully in line with Oberthur Technologies’ goals: to support its customers globally,” said Oberthur’s Cedric Collomb, the company’s managing director of its telecom business unit.

Oberthur Technologies fits nicely in line with FIDO’s post-password paradigm, which forwards the idea that PIN is dead and universal standards of strong authentication need to be instituted if we are to move forward into a world of protected payment and secure online identity. Oberthur’s security solution offerings include smart cards of all types, and NFC communications (a key component in the future of mobile money).

Recently, FIDO has been in the news for adding a high profile member to its ranks: MasterCard. The major payment network’s addition to the Alliance was leaked two weeks ago by USA Today, marking the first of the founding EMV companies to push for the strong authentication standards of FIDO MasterCard is currently working on a mobile wallet application that can be used for real life payment with NFC enabled smartphones.

The consistent growth being reported by FIDO in the recent weeks is encouraging for vendors and consumers alike. Universal and open specifications like FIDO (or WiFi, or EMV) can mean the difference between a new and advanced technology being adopted by the mainstream public or abandoned. With the clock ticking down to fingerprint sensor enabled Android phones, it’s important that mobile biometric devices