trinamiX Face Authentication fulfills the biometric security requirements defined by the International Internet Finance Authentication Alliance (IIFAA). After lately announcing the fulfilment of the FIDO Alliance and Android Biometric Security standards, the German tech company is now topping it off with their newest certification. trinamiX GmbH, a subsidiary of BASF SE, has thereby proven to be suited for integration in digital payment processes with particularly high security demands. Their solution is the first to pass these tests while the hardware is invisibly mounted behind OLED. IIFAA’s standard is adhered to by leading players in the FinTech industry and has the widest market coverage in China.
According to a study published by Statista in 2021, the transaction value of worldwide digital payments will grow to 10 trillion USD in 2025.1 While that number is continuously rising, trinamiX has set out to keep it safe. Their biometric solution was developed to better protect users during authentication, thus closing one of FinTech’s crucial security gaps. trinamiX recently gave proof of that as their face authentication was announced to be officially accredited for Android integration and to be certified in Android Biometric Class 3 and FIDO Level C (the respective top standards). On top of that, it has now proven to fulfill the particularly high demands of the finance sector, based on IIFAA’s leading industry standard. International players in the industry, e.g., Taobao, Alipay, Ant Fortune and Nanjing Bank, are already building their solutions upon the alliance’s specifications.
Raising users’ trust in digital financial services
trinamiX Face Authentication became the world’s first to pass all these tests and to provide “financial- level security”2 while all hardware was integrated behind a full-screen display. “We’ve finally received living proof of our capability to raise the bar of biometric security,” Stefan Metz, Director 3D Imaging Business at trinamiX, stated. “Our solution can mean a breakthrough to the world of digital payment, allowing users to better trust in and benefit from digital financial services.” The innovative strength of this solution unveils itself through a closer look into the underlying technology: trinamiX Face Authentication introduces a one-of-a-kind liveness check to the authentication process in order to tell whether the object in front of the camera is an actual human-being. In addition to checking the presented face for three-dimensional depth, it reliably detects skin versus other materials. Thanks to skin detection, not even a hyperrealistic replica of a user’s face can trick the system – while common biometric authentication solutions are still prone to these fraud attempts.
The latest test result of trinamiX Face Authentication, issued by IIFAA’s testing agency, certifies that the solution complies with the IIFAA Biometric Face Security Test Requirement, which is an established authentication standard for digital financial services.
trinamiX Face Authentication has become the world’s first solution to fulfill the highest biometric security demands while the hardware is invisibly mounted behind an OLED display. The solution was lately put to the thorough test of accredited assessment institutes. It was certified to be spoof-proof behind OLED according to the top standards defined by AndroidTM and FIDO® Alliance.
trinamiX GmbH, a German subsidiary of BASF SE, is thus taking a further step towards creating the next generation of biometric authentication for smartphones. Thanks to biometrics, user authentication today is as easy as looking at your smartphone’s screen to unlock it. The unmatched convenience of biometric solutions, especially compared to passwords or PINs, has made them increasingly popular.
Still, these systems can be fooled by simply using a three dimensional replica of someone’s face or finger. Biometric authentication is often not yet sufficient to meet the industry’s high security demands. trinamiX has launched a unique face authentication solution that is now certified to meet them – and to even go beyond. A unique liveness check based on skin detection trinamiX adds a unique dimension to face authentication: skin detection. Their technology reliably detects skin versus other materials while verifying a user’s identity in order to tell whether the object in front of the camera is an actual human-being. In that regard, it functions as a new way to check for liveness without any active user contribution.
Acknowledging the value of their breakthrough, trinamiX has already patented the underlying technology Beam Profile Analysis.
“We aim to create a future, in which sensitive user information is protected by reliable and convenient authentication steps,” says Stefan Metz, Director 3D Imaging Business at trinamiX. “This is where we see huge potential in facial biometrics – if smartphone manufacturers are able to close the security gaps that common technologies still have. At trinamiX we have found a way to provide that next-generation technology.”
To give proof of its higher security, trinamiX has put their technology to the test of accredited assessment institutes. Over a period of several months, it has undergone thousands of spoof attempts including the use of silicone masks with accurate three-dimensional shape. As a result, their face authentication solution has successfully been certified as spoof-proof (Spoof Acceptance Rate = 0 %) according to Android Biometric Class 3 (strong). It furthermore showed to fulfill the high requirements of FIDO Level C – the alliance’s soon-to-be top standard.
Based on these assessments, trinamiX Face Authentication is officially approved for integration into Android phones as well as for use in sensitive applications like mobile payment. As the world’s first face authentication solution, it passed all biometric security tests while the hardware was mounted behind an OLED display.
Combining both worlds: security and user experience By integrating their solution behind OLED, trinamiX has unlocked a new freedom of design. It enables smartphone companies to create products with best user experience – while reliably protecting their 2/2 users’ personal data. “Our goal is to give smartphone brands a greater freedom of design and to allow for sleek, maximum display designs,” says Metz.
“We made our authentication solution work behind OLED and thereby finally erase the need for a notch.” While full-screen displays are smartphone industry’s ongoing trend, they typically impair the functionality of common face authentication. trinamiX found a way to solve these challenges: With their latest certifications, they prove to combine best user experience with highest security.