South Korea’s government is working with its major telecommunications companies to implement biometric identification for their customers. Their aim is to offer FIDO-ready services by next March.
It’s an ambitious plan being helmed by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning in collaboration with telecoms KT, LG U+, and SK Telecom. Their aim is to leverage the biometric capabilities of newer smartphones to enable this kind of identification and authentication for customers. According to BusinessKorea, the project was initially kicked into gear by the telecoms, who organized a FIDO forum with Raon Secure, Samsung SDS, and CrucialTec.
The companies appear to be following the example of Japan’s NTT Docomo, which became the first MNO in the world to implement FIDO authentication standards for its millions of customers earlier this year, when it also became the first MNO to join FIDO’s board of directors. The company has proceeded to pioneer biometric user authentication by expanding its FIDO Certified smartphone lineup and helping to launch the world’s first iris-scanning smartphone. It’s easy to see why South Korea’s telecoms would want to follow Docomo’s lead in implementing more secure identification and authentication standards for their customers.