AUSTIN, Texas — HID Global announced its next-generation Seos® credential technology will enable Nymi Band™ 3.0 users to seamlessly open doors and authenticate to systems, devices, and machines. The Nymi Band continuously authenticates the identity of the user until it’s removed from the wrist. This delivers “zero trust” security principles and access control using fingerprint and heartbeat biometrics to users seeking touchless authentication.
“Wearables are increasingly popular authentication for access to buildings, doors, and assets; manufacturing systems with compliance traceability requirements; health care and defense markets; and other hands-free applications where users may not be allowed to carry mobile devices, cards, or fobs,” said Steve Currie, vice president and managing director of extended access technologies with HID Global. “We are excited to provide these high-assurance authentication capabilities with the Nymi Band 3.0, an exciting new wearable on the market.”
In addition to physical and logical access use cases, Seos technology enables the Nymi Band 3.0 to be used for applications ranging from secure intelligent print collection, social distancing, and contract tracing to contractor and visitor management, canteen and vending machine payment, and secure remote working.
“HID Seos technology gives the Nymi Band 3.0 all the capabilities of a secure smart card, including its best-in-class cryptography that delivers superior data and privacy protection,” said Chris Sullivan, CEO of Nymi. “We believe these capabilities will fuel even faster adoption for our wristbands, which are already seeing rapid uptake in applications like pharma manufacturing with an emphasis on privacy, security, and a natural user experience.”
The HID Seos applet is loaded onto secure elements (SEs) inside a Nymi Band, so they can carry security keys and encrypted firmware. Seos credentials are sent to the wristbands using near-field communication (NFC). Users enroll their fingerprint one time to the Nymi Band, and it’s matched to the user identity. At the start of the work day, users authenticates the band with their fingerprint, and the Nymi Band is enabled with strong assurance after it detects a heartbeat. Native support in HID DigitalPersona® software also enables the wristbands to be used for Windows login with both Seos and FIDO2 passwordless authentication. Seos credentials support HID Signo® and iCLASS SE® readers that are broadly deployed in major vertical markets around the world. Through on-body detection (OBD) and presence, the Nymi Band ensures it is always on the intended user and the user is physically present.