Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and ST have jointly develop a solution that the firm's describe as the world's first end-to-end security architecture for fingerprint authentication in wearable and consumer electronics.The new proof-of-concept aims to replace conventional username/password authentication for applications such as payment, eTicketing, digital access and 2-factor strong authentication with swift and secure fingerprint recognition.The tech players plan to demonstrate the solution at MWC on a smartwatch that embeds a fingerprint sensor from Fingerprint Cards, fingerprint software from Precise Biometrics, and Secure NFC solution and low-power microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics.Gemalto provides the UpTeq eSE on which the user's credentials are stored, and the Match-On-Card application that validates the fingerprint placed on the sensor corresponds to the biometric data of the user. Gemalto also supplies a rich array of secure applications, and the Allynis Trusted Services Hub (TSH) responsible for managing the solution over the entire product lifecycle."For end users, the new architecture spells an end to the complexity of having to remember numerous username and password combinations to access essential applications such as payment, secure email and government ID programs," wrote the companies in a statement"This solution will offer new opportunities to the consumer electronics market to implement secure authentication solutions based on FIDO2 Alliance's specification, and give consumer electronics manufacturers the option to differentiate from competition."By easing the user journey without compromising security, biometric fingerprint authentication represents a real game-changer for the world of secure mobile connectivity, payment, eCitizen services and more.