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Uni-ID and Safran Identity & Security to make mobile authentication in China more secure and convenient with biometrics


Safran Identity & Security announced that Uni-ID Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lenovo and leading Chinese provider of innovative authentication technology, has successfully integrated Safran’s biometric facial recognition solution in its FIDO compliant authentication application for consumer devices.

China is the world’s largest mobile payment market (Source: BI Intelligence), and online service providers are looking for new ways to make customer authentication in mobile transactions more secure and convenient. To enable banking institutions, payment companies and mobile network operators to offer a safe and easy authentication method, Uni-ID has chosen Safran Identity & Security’s Software Development Kit (SDK) for biometric facial recognition to be implemented in its authentication application. The SDK can be integrated in all existing Android and iOS devices. 

With our face recognition solution, authentication is done by a selfie-check – a friendly user experience! Enhanced liveness detection adds extra security,” said Yves Portalier, Vice President & General Manager of the Telecom Business Unit, Safran Identity & Security. “As a world leader in biometrics, we are perfectly positioned to provide Uni-ID’s customers with best-in-class technology to boost the secure and convenient use of mobile transactions in China.”  



The partnership with Safran Identity & Security on FIDO*-compliant face recognition has greatly enriched our approach to biometric authentication solutions. It is also beneficial for FIDO to be implemented on more devices in the Chinese market.

Henry Chai, General Manager of Uni-ID Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. and Chair of the FIDO China working group (FCWG)

* FIDO is the world’s largest ecosystem for standards-based, interoperable authentication.

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Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of 17.4 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index, as well as the Euro Stoxx 50 European index.

Safran Identity & Security is a global leader in identity and security solutions, deploying systems in more than 100 countries. Backed by more than 40 years of experience in biometrics, the company develops innovative technologies for the public and private sectors, including identity management, secure transactions and public security solutions.

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Uni-ID Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., was founded in 2015 and is as a subsidiary of Lenovo Group, Ltd. Uni-ID has developed identification authentication systems based on FIDO Alliance UAF/U2F international standards that are tailored for the unique circumstances and management practices of the Chinese market. It supplies comprehensive client- and server-side identity authentication solutions to major Internet service providers, financial institutions, hardware suppliers, and biometric authentication technology providers. The company primarily serves the banking, third-party payment, insurance-linked securities, and aerospace industries, as well as government agencies.

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