The access control specialist rf IDEAS has updated its platform to support the FIDO2 authentication protocol. rf IDEAS is best known for its Wave ID portfolio of credential readers, which includes Plus, Nano, and Nano OEM card reader models.
The update to rf IDEAS’ Universal SDK will allow many of those devices to read NFC security keys that are based on the FIDO2 standard. Those readers will still be backwards compatible with an organization’s legacy credentials, so businesses can transition to FIDO security keys without needing to overhaul their entire access control infrastructure.
The readers themselves can be used for logical access when logging into workstations and online applications. The technology eliminates the need for a password, which in turn eliminates any risk of password theft, and minimizes the threat of phishing and other attacks that attempt to compromise knowledge-based credentials.
“rf IDEAS has been a passwordless champion since its inception, providing convenient tap-and-go authentication without compromising security,” said rf IDEAS Product Marketing Manager and FIDO Alliance representative Gourgen Oganessyan. “With the addition of FIDO2 NFC functionality to our WAVE ID readers, users of rf IDEAS technology can benefit from the industry’s strongest, most secure passwordless authentication standard.”
The rf IDEAS readers offer additional support for the card chip interface device (CCID) protocol. They can be used with all of the major web browsers and operating systems, and can be set up quickly thanks to their plug-and-play functionality.
The news comes only a month after rf IDEAS agreed to become an official reseller of ID R&D’s biometric technology. The arrangement allowed rf IDEAS to supplement its readers with face and voice authentication, both of which are backed up with passive liveness detection.
The move indicates that rf IDEAS is trying to keep pace with the latest access control innovations and to offer products that meet the needs of businesses in the current environment. rf IDEAS readers are also compatible with the Nymi Band.