What are financial biometrics?
Among the most popular and mainstream applications of biometric technology, financial identification, verification, and authentication in commerce is helping make banking, shopping, and account managing more safe, convenient, and accountable. In the financial space, biometrics solutions help ensure that a customer is who she claims to be when accessing sensitive financial data by capturing her unique biometric characteristics and comparing them to a template, stored either on the device being used or on a secure server. Banking and payments solutions available today utilize a wide range of biometric modalities: fingerprint, iris, voice, face, eyeprint, palm vein pattern, behavioral and other types of biometric recognition are all used, either on their own or combined in a multi-factor system, to lock down accounts and crack down on fraud.
Where can I find financial biometrics?
Mobile wallets such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, which allow users to make credit card payments online and at physical points of sale, use biometric authentication for security. Apple Pay leverages the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to ensure a payment is being made by the authorized user, for instance, while Samsung Pay gives users the option to shop by scanning their irises.
Banking apps use biometric authentication for login procedures. The matching method and modalities used vary from institution to institution, but face, voice, and fingerprint recognition are common among mobile banking applications. USAA was a pioneer in this respect, leveraging face, voice, and fingerprint biometrics for convenient security, and giving users the power to choose their preferred login method.
Call centers used for phone banking are increasingly turning to voiceprint security to mitigate fraud. By matching the unique characteristics of a caller’s voice to a template as she speaks to a customer service agent or IVR system, banks can verify her identity without resorting to belaboring security questions.
ATMs are being outfitted with biometric sensors—most commonly fingerprint and face recognition—enabling customers to conveniently do away with card and PIN transactions.
Points of sale around the world are on the verge of embracing Naked Payments solutions, which leverage biometric sensors at retail checkouts that allow customers to simply pay by being themselves.
How are financial biometrics making a difference?
Facial recognition security is used on the Humaniq digital banking platform, which aims to promote financial inclusion using blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and mobility.
Biometrics are set to enable tourists visiting Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games to pay for goods and services with nothing by the touch of a finger.
New initiatives from biometric vendors and their partner financial institutions are paving the way for credit cards with embedded biometric sensors, promising stronger-than-PIN security with the convenience and familiarity of paying with plastic.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Financial solutions.
CMITech is a leading provider of high performance, cost effective iris recognition systems. The company is setting the industry standard for advanced user interfaces that are fast, intuitive and effortless. Serving enrollment and authentication solutions of all sizes, CMITech systems include binoculars-type, wall mount, desktop, and kiosk-type product configurations. Products & Services: Iris Recognition, Border Control/Airports, Financial, Physical Access
Lumidigm is now HID Biometrics! Lumidigm® multispectral imaging technology revolutionized the biometrics industry by addressing common, real-world performance problems head-on to enable convenient, secure and reliable authentication solutions. The Lumidigm platform also delivers state-of-the art, field-updatable liveness detection. HID Biometrics offers Lumidigm® solutions to markets such as healthcare, banking, citizen ID, time & attendance, and access control. Products & Services: Border Control/Airports, Financial, Healthcare, Justice/Law Enforcement, Physical Access Control, Biometric Sensors & Detectors
FaceTec has developed ZoOm®, a Universal Biometric Selfie Login SDK for Android/iOS smartphones, a 100% software solution that can be easily added to any app. ZoOm meets the convenience needs of end users, and the banking-level security demands of app publishers with TrueLiveness™ detection and FIDO certification. For more information visit https://zoomlogin.com. Products & Services: Facial Recognition, Financial, Healthcare, Mobile
CLEAR makes it simple to be you by using biometrics to create a world that is smarter and more secure. Available at more than 35 airports and venues and trusted by millions of members, CLEAR is transforming the way people live, work and travel. Products & Services: Airports/Border Control, Financial, Fingerprint, Iris Recognition
Aware provides COTS, standards-based biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, defense, credentialing, and access control. Each product provides granular functionality and is available a la carte:
- SDKs for fingerprint, face, and iris
- Capture device hardware abstraction
- Image quality assurance
- Standard-compliant data formatting and validation
- BioComponents™ enrollment applets and controls
- URC™ .NET biometric enrollment application
- WebEnroll™ browser-based biometric enrollment
- Biometric Services Platform (BioSP™)
- Nexa™ fingerprint, face, and iris search and match SDKs
- INQUIRE™ identity data analytics SDK
Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Middleware / Software, Justice / Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition
Crossmatch® solutions solve security and identity management challenges for hundreds of millions of users around the world. Our proven DigitalPersona® composite authentication software is designed to provide the optimal set of authentication factors to meet today’s unique risk requirements and afford complete enterprise authentication coverage. Crossmatch identity management solutions include trusted biometric identity management hardware and software that deliver the highest quality and performance required for critical applications. Our solutions support the financial, retail, commercial, government, law enforcement and military markets. With 300 employees and customers in more than 80 countries, Crossmatch sets the standard for innovation and reliability. Learn more: Crossmatch.com Products & Services: Biometric Security, Border Control, Financial, Healthcare, Justice/Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics, Biometric Sensors & Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Iris Scanners, Middleware & Software.
NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control
Iris ID has been the key developer and driver of the commercialization of iris recognition technology since 1997. IrisAccess, now in a 4th generation, is the world’s leading deployed iris recognition platform. Found on 6 continents, in thousands of locations, authenticating the identities of millions and millions of persons, more people in more places authenticate with IrisAccess than with all other iris recognition products combined. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Border Control/Airports, Financial and Transactional
IDEMIA is the global leader in Augmented Identity for an increasingly digital world, with the ambition to empower citizens and consumers alike to interact, pay, connect, travel and vote in ways that are now possible in a connected environment. Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect this asset, whether for individuals or for objects. We ensure privacy and trust as well as guarantee secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors. Product & Services: Fingerprint, Facial, Iris, Healthcare, Border Control/Airports, Financial, Justice/ Law Enforcement, Logical Access, Physical Access, Smartcards, Time & Attendance.
SecuredTouch is the leader in behavioral biometrics for online transactions, delivering continuous authentication technologies to strengthen security and reduce fraud while improving customers digital experience. The online and mobile-optimized solutions require no enrollment, they are easy to implement, and provide real time alerts when suspicious activity is detected from login to logout. Products & Services: Behavioral, Financial
BIO-key International (NASDAQ: BKYI), provides biometric identification solutions that scale to any size application. Our superior matching technology is compatible with EVERY major fingerprint reader manufacturer. BIO-key application engineers are available to assist in identifying the most appropriate fingerprint reader(s) to meet you application needs. Partnering with vertical solution providers, OEMs, and integrators, BIO-key delivers convenient, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solutions to identify and authenticate individuals. BIO-key’s strong authentication is the ideal choice to satisfy industry regulations including HIPAA and FSTC, or to establish user identities as part of an audit trail. NIST ranks BIO-key in the top tier of MINEX and SDK performers. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Biometric Security, Consumer/Residential Biometrics, Financial, Fingerprint & Biometric Locks, Healthcare Biometrics, Logical Access Control.
Sensory, Inc. creates a safer and superior UX through vision and voice technologies. Sensory’s technology is widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT and various home electronics. With its TrulyHandsfree™ voice control, Sensory has set the standard for mobile handset platforms’ ultra-low power “always listening” touchless control. Sensory’s TrulySecure™ is changing the authentication landscape with highly accurate voice and facial biometric fusion. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over half a billion units of leading consumer products. Visit Sensory at www.sensory.com
Aerendir Mobile Inc. is the pioneer provider of a novel physiologic biometric authentication technology called Neuro-Finger Print™ (NFP). This identification technology, called “Touch Technology™” captures signals from the individual’s unique proprioceptive neurophysiology. These unique Neuro-Finger Print™ (NFP) signals can be sensed by hardware that already exists in smartphones and tablets.
BioCatch is a cybersecurity company that delivers behavioral biometrics, analyzing human-device interactions to protect users and data. Banks and other enterprises use BioCatch to reduce online fraud and protect against a variety of cyber threats, without compromising the user experience. Products & Services: Behavioral Biometrics, Middleware/Software, Mobile Biometrics, Financial
Biocryptology® is a disruptive biometric-based authentication technology. The name references this platform’s high-quality encryption algorithm, which is combined with unique biometric identification and (in the case of the Swipe ID device) anti-tampering mechanisms to keep all ID verification and electronic transactions completely secure. Products & Services: Fingerprint, Financial, Logical Access, Mobile, Physical Access
Princeton Identity is the identity management company that makes security more convenient, accurate and reliable than ever before. Using iris recognition and other biometric technology, Princeton Identity enables businesses, global organizations and borders to simplify identity management, resulting in improved safety and protection. Formerly a division within SRI International, Princeton Identity spun out as an independent venture in August 2016. Products & Services: Iris Recognition, Biometric Security, Border/Airport Control, Physical Access, Healthcare, Financial, Mobile
Pinn exists to solve the fundamental problems with authentication: user experience, customization, and security. We’ve taken a completely fresh approach to authentication that incorporates device security, biometrics, and reporting via APIs and SDKs with complete customizability. Our mission is simple – we are making authentication frictionless and secure. Products & Services: Behavioral Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Voice Recognition, Financial, Healthcare Biometrics
Precise Biometrics is a market leading supplier of solutions for convenient and secure authentication of people’s identity. We develop and sell fingerprint software and mobile smart card readers that provide the market’s best user experience and security. Our solutions are used hundreds of millions of times every day by people all over the world. Products & Services: Fingerprint, Mobility, Smart Cards, Financial, Middleware/Software
Enabled by its patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, NEXT Biometrics (www.nextbiometrics.com) offers high quality area fingerprint sensors at a fraction of the prices of comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats including Smartphones, Tablets, PC’s, Doors, Time registration systems, Wearables, Payment terminals, Flashdrives, USB-tokens, Key fobs and many more are targeted. Products & Services: Financial, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Biometric Sensors & Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Smart Cards
IDEX Biometrics, also known as IDEX ASA (OSE: IDEX), is the leading provider of fingerprint identification technologies offering simple, secure and personal authentication for all. We help people make payments, prove their identity, gain access to information, unlock devices or gain admittance to buildings with the touch of a finger. We invent, engineer and commercialize these secure, yet incredibly user-friendly solutions. Our total addressable market represents a fast-growing multi-billion-unit opportunity. Products and Services: Fingerprint, Smart Cards, Financial, Mobile.
SecuGen is a world-leading designer and developer of high quality, accurate, rugged, and affordable optical fingerprint recognition technology. We offer FBI- and STQC-certified fingerprint sensors, including the Hamster™ line of fingerprint readers, as well as MINEX-compliant biometric algorithms and developer kits for a wide range of applications. Products and Services: Border/Airport Control, Financial & Transactional, Logical Access, Physical Access, Mobile, Fingerprint Readers.