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Entrust Datacard Brings Facial Recognition to its Adaptive Authentication Platform

MINNEAPOLIS—(October 19, 2017)Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced that it is bringing facial recognition as an important layer to its authentication platform. Facial recognition technology will be coupled with Mobile Smart Credential and Mobile Soft Token to deliver a high-assurance, low-friction solution that meets the diverse security needs within enterprise, government and banking. This new capability expands upon the Entrust Datacard vision to bring modern, intelligent identity solutions to market that streamline access and ensure strong security.

“With the introduction of facial recognition, we continue to shape authentication to be as easy as possible for the user, which is in fact trying to eliminate friction while increasing security,” said Ryan Zlockie, global vice president of authentication at Entrust Datacard. “We’re committed to supporting a broad range of biometric alternatives coupled to our mobile and adaptive authentication, providing our customers with flexibility, ease of use and best in class identity assurance. To help remove friction and increase security, we evaluate different capabilities on an on-going basis. Face recognition — when used as part of our overall adaptive capabilities — meets this goal.”

To date, Entrust Datacard’s Mobile Smart Credential and Mobile Soft Token have supported the use of passcodes or fingerprints. With the integration of facial recognition capabilities from Face Phi — a global leader in the banking sector for facial biometrics — users will be able to access enterprise and cloud applications by looking at their device to authenticate and unlock their mobile identity. Face recognition to date, has been predominately used by consumer focused use cases, and we now see application across higher security enterprise use cases in addition to expansion for consumer use as well. The Entrust Datacard authentication platform unlocks value in an omni channel banking environment. Employees can access VPN networks or sign onto cloud applications using one simple method that eliminates the need for passwords or hardware tokens. Banking customers can use facial recognition to log into banking applications or even approve a high-risk transaction, such as a large money transfer. Even government employees can look at their mobile device to unlock PIV credentials and securely access workstations, networks and applications without the need for a smart card.

“Modern authentication begins with providing a modern user experience. Today's users have higher expectations than in the past,” said Frank Dickson, research director of security products at IDC. "Biometrics can play a key role in streamlining authentication while providing risk mitigation when appropriately integrating into a user session. Entrust Datacard’s approach to facial biometrics, which is layered into a broader authentication platform, provides flexibility aligned to a broad range of use cases.”

Earlier this year, Entrust Datacard also launched IntelliTrust, its new adaptive authentication cloud service with Mobile Smart Credential technology. With the latest addition of facial recognition, Entrust Datacard is shaping the next generation of authentication through the seamless experience of intelligent identity across users and devices.

For more information on Entrust Datacard’s authentication solutions, visit https://www.entrustdatacard.com/products/categories/authentication.

About Entrust Datacard

Consumers, citizens and employees increasingly expect anywhere-anytime experiences — whether they are making purchases, crossing borders, accessing e-gov services or logging onto corporate networks. Entrust Datacard offers the trusted identity and secure transaction technologies that make those experiences reliable and secure. Solutions range from the physical world of financial cards, passports and ID cards to the digital realm of authentication, certificates and secure communications. With more than 2,000 Entrust Datacard colleagues around the world, and a network of strong global partners, the company serves customers in 150 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.entrustdatacard.com.

About FacePhi

FacePhi Biometría is a global leader in Facial Recognition and in Mobile Biometrics technologies, listed on the MAB (Spanish Alternative Investment Market) and a beneficiary of the Horizon 2020, the biggest EU financial program to deploy research and innovation projects
With a strong concentration in the financial sector, our product is rapidly becoming a service used by banks all over the world. Its implementation doesn't just save money, it is also a way to attract clients and build loyalty, while increasing the security of transactions for both the customer and the business. 
This innovative technology enhances the client experience effortlessly by simply using the camera on their mobile device to take a selfie; this then becomes their method of identification and interaction with the bank’s mobile application. 

FacePhi has entirely designed and developed its own robust algorithms, and thanks to the user experience and the extra services offered, has already signed 15 contracts with different banks around the world with 0% of fraud in all the clients. In 2016, FacePhi reached 60M of authentications and the forecast for 2017 is 130M. FacePhi is a company with no limits, striving to make others have a better life. For additional information, please visit: http://www.facephi.com/en/