South Korea’s biometric security technologies chosen as global standards

Two mobile biometric authentication technologies developed by Korean researchers and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) have been chosen as global standards at the ITU-T SG17 Q1 Telebiometrics meeting in Geneva, the agency said Sunday.

As well as the two mobile biometric authentication technologies, a multimodal biometric signal verification technology has also been suggested and approved as a global standard, according to KISA.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Institute for Information & Communications Technology Promotion supported the development of these technologies.

“We expect that the approval of the mobile biometric authentication and multimodal biometric signal verification technologies as global standards will boost the security and convenience of instant payment services while leading global standardization of financial technology services,” said Kim Jae-sung, a biometric authentication technology researcher at KISA.

The agency said its mobile biometric authentication application technologies include a mobile biometric authentication security measure dubbed X.1087 and biometric authentication-based hardware security token technology named X.1085.

X.1087 provides 12 basic security measures for biometric authentication services available on mobile devices. In particular, Model-10, which concerns collecting, registering and verifying features for biometric information, can be widely adopted as a mobile biometric authentication standard for smartphones because they can be connected with the Fast Identity Online technology designed for online instant payment services.

The X.1085 technology, jointly developed by KISA and Chungbuk National University electrical and computer engineering professor Chun Myung-geun, enables the use of biometric authentication instead of passwords.

KISA said it expected that this strengthened dual security system would help people using mobile financial services on mobile devices.

The agency also said it received approval for a global standard on a new technology using multimodal bio signals such as fingerprints and heartbeat rate for telebiometric authentication. This technology was developed in a joint research project with scientists in Spain and the U.S., KISA said.

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