S Korean carriers work together on FIDO deployment
30 November 2015 10:41 GMT

South Korean mobile phone carriers and a government ministry have begun cooperating on a system that will implement faster authentication standards developed by the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance.

 The cooperation will involve the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning working together with SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ to introduce biometric identification or fast identity online (FIDO) services by March of next year, reported Business Korea.

The three mobile carriers will ensure that biometric identification services can be used on most smartphones equipped with sensors - regardless of the manufacturers.

In October, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology reported that South Korea’s biometrics market has nearly doubled in size since 2011 to US$265 million.

An industry forum on biometrics and online authentication that month, which was supported by the Fido Alliance, saw participation by the three main South Korean three mobile carriers.

“We will work to become a centre that will help create a biometric authentication economy system that will hasten the establishment of a simple, fast, but also safe, authentication payment environment,” said the forum’s first chairman, Seoul National University Prof. Park Chun-shik in the opening remarks, reported the newspaper. 

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