UK-based biometric integrated solutions experts Arana Security have announced the successful development of a mobile application for use with IDEMIA’s MorphoWave Compact, in a move that aims to bring safe and hygienic contactless biometric authentication to more customers in the retail and banking sectors.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has boosted what was already a rapidly growing biometric authentication market. The rise in remote work and general online activity that has resulted from social and physical distancing measures put into place to slow the spread of the virus has also led to a rise in cybercrime and therefore a rise in the need for digital security.
At the same time, concerns over hygiene and the spreading of germs via commonly touched surfaces such as keypads, door handles, and even fingerprint sensors has led to a surge in demand for contactless biometric solutions such as the MorphoWave Compact.
Arana Security‘s solution works by linking either a payment card or financial institution account to the user’s account on the mobile app. A 30-second enrollment process on the MorphoWave device itself connects the user’s two accounts and allows for customer authorization.
Biometric authentication happens by having the customer waive their hand across the MorphoWave’s 3D scanner, for a highly accurate, contactless, and hygienic identity verification process.
“We believe this system is crucial in helping retailers and financial institutions provide a safe and secure payment solution to their customers, all the while decreasing the chance of Fraud,” said Ali Nasser, Sales Director for Arana Security. ““We’ve worked closely with a reseller who is testing this new system with a Japanese retail organisation who require the system for their shopping mall food courts based in several locations.”
Arana Security’s solution is run in the cloud, allowing for multi-location enrollment and authentication, with a single portal used to monitor user verification, making the system convenient for enterprises of all sizes.
Nasser noted that the aim is to help retail and financial institutions ensure the safety of their customers and employees during the pandemic and beyond with a sustainable and secure contactless payment solution.
“It’ll definitely be a step in the right direction for many organisations,” he said.
February 3, 2021 – by Tony Bitzionis