Smartphones as Credentials, Invisible Authentication Factors, and Why Not To Give Up on Fingerprints – Industry News Roundup: September 23-27

Mobility is continuing to find footholds in interesting ways thanks to BYOD and near field communications (NFC) this week, with continued promises of smartphone-as-credential technology. Last week it was Suprema operating partner Entertec, this week is was Ingersoll Rand working closely with Iris ID (formerly LG Iris).

On Monday Ingersoll Rand announced aptiQmobile, a cloud service that can transform NFC enabled smartphones into physical access credentials, and Iris ID was quick to declare that its IrisAccess iCAM7000 series camera is fully compatible with the BYOD security system. Present at ASIS 2013 in Chicago, Iris ID was demonstrating this functionality, as well as the other ways its technology can be integrated into the entire aptiQ suite.

Staying on the topic of BYOD, SutiSoft announced a major deployment for its BioPass enterprise solution this week. Mahindra Finance selected BioPass to provide company-side fingerprint and digital signature verification that stacks up against the financial service provider’s high security standards. SutiSoft points the finger at Apple, who thanks to the hype surrounding Touch ID, has brought the possibility of biometric BYOD into the minds of the public at large.

Apple’s solution has been raising some skeptical eyebrows, however, now that it’s been reported by German Hacking group Chaos Computer Club has broken into an iPhone 5S, effectively spoofing the sensor. This has caused quite a bit of sensation among a population that largely doesn’t understand the difference between hacking and spoofing. Darrell Geusz does know this distinction, and argues that this is no reason to give up on the device that will be providing better-than-PIN security for millions of Apple acolytes.

Fingerprint Cards AB seems to be on Darrell’s side too. The manufacturer started the week off with an optimistic re-evaluation of its prospects, now that fingerprint-fever has been boosting FPC’s sales and driving its expansion into the Asian market. Along with revising its projected financial results for the next three years, FPC made a bold claim: before the end of 2015 there will be over three billion biometrics enabled mobile devices in the hands of consumers.

One of the applications behind this projected mobile biometrics boom is of course mCommerce, which is just waiting for a widely adopted security solution for payment protection. Fingerprints are a prime candidate for this according to expert analysts like Frost & Sullivan’s Jean-Noel Georges, but there are a number of other low-friction “invisible” factors that can also be leveraged for real-time mobile transaction authentication. ValidSoft announced that it is on top of providing these factors with its Zero Latency Correlation solution, and we can be sure to see more like it as the mobile identity revolution builds momentum and finds everyone’s biometrics silently measured for their convenience.