Docomo joins FIDO Alliance, launches biometric authentication – Mobile World Live

Docomo joins FIDO Alliance, launches biometric authentication

26 MAY 2015

Japan’s NTT Docomo has joined the board of the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance, the organisation driving the effort to standardise password-less online authentication based on cryptography and biometric technologies.

The operator, the country’s largest, said starting tomorrow it will use the technology to make many of its online services – including d book, d game, d music and d delivery – password-less, allowing users to access these services and make payments using iris recognition or fingerprint authentication.

Docomo said it expects to become the world’s first mobile operator to integrate online services with smartphones capable of FIDO-enabled multiple biometric authentication.

The FIDO Alliance has nearly 200 members.

Docomo has been working to integrate FIDO-enabled biometric authentication into its smartphones since last year. The company is now deploying and enhancing mobile network services equipped for biometric authentication based on the FIDO 1.0 protocol.

It said in a statement it will lend its expertise in this field to contribute to FIDO’s standardisation initiatives and the effort to create an increasingly strong and secure authentication ecosystem.

Docomo hopes its work with third-parties will create a “world without passwords.”

Four smartphones in its summer lineup — the Galaxy S6 edge SC-04G, Galaxy S6 SC-05G, Arrows NX F-04G and Aquos ZETA SH-03G — offer biometric authentication capability.

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Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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