Seamless security

The out-of-the-box experience may well be optimized for the consumer, but it also enables multi-factor authentication for the enterprise by building on the foundation provided by the WBF and interoperability with the WSF.

"It is possible to use the WBF for [biometric PIN] implementations where the fingerprint match takes place on the smart card, or where the fingerprint template is stored on a smart card, [to authenticate the card holder as the rightful owner]," Bossio explains.

This responds neatly to the demand for security solutions that are interoperable, convenient and meet the requirements for multi-factor authentication. Users can opt to log in to the system with their fingerprint and smart card, or their fingerprint and a PIN. This offers flexibility within the security infrastructure, and may have the added advantage of limiting the downtime caused by users forgetting their PINs.

The WBF opens the market to strong authentication solutions such as Protiva™ .NET Bio. Integrating biometrics with the Match-on-Card system (where fingerprint verification takes place on the card itself) offers enterprises a highly customizable security system with a choice of two- and three-factor authentication.

Continuing developments in biometrics and security offerings, such as WBF and Protiva, will ensure far better quality and ease of operation for both users and developers. Certainly the WBF offers enterprises and developers an additional, powerful layer of security that can be tailored to integrate with existing networks.

"We are monitoring trends in the industry and gathering feedback from our ecosystem partners to understand how we should evolve our support for biometrics in the future," concludes Bossio. And with implementations in police forces, airports and government institutions highlighting its potential, the future of biometrics certainly looks positive.

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