NTT DOCOMO Selects Nok Nok Labs to Power First FIDO-Enabled Ecosystem in Japanese Market
PALO ALTO, Calif. and TOKYO, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nok Nok Labs, an innovator in modern authentication and a founding member of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, today announced that NTT DOCOMO, INC. ("DOCOMO") has selected the NNL™ S3 Authentication Suite to deliver simple and strong authentication to DOCOMO's ecosystem of millions of customers and mobile devices, to deliver carrier-scale services. DOCOMO customers can now access online services from DOCOMO and other companies more simply and securely using biometric authentication such as fingerprint-sensors and iris-recognition from FIDO-enabled smartphones recently announced by Sharp, Fujitsu and Samsung.
As the largest mobile service provider in Japan, DOCOMO serves more than 65 million customers. In addition to delivering advanced wireless networks, DOCOMO has been at the forefront of innovation in the wireless carrier market and is a leading developer of NFC infrastructure and services, emerging IoT solutions, and more.
By adopting and deploying FIDO certified solutions from Nok Nok Labs, DOCOMO has achieved an industry milestone by becoming:
"By eliminating passwords with Nok Nok Labs' FIDO-certified solution, we are able to deliver a superior end-user experience that includes enhanced security features; we will also be able to introduce innovative new services and product offerings that are able to utilize this same standards-based platform," said Seiji Maruyama, Vice President, Managing Director, Product Department at NTT DOCOMO, INC., After reviewing the different approaches to authentication available today, we settled on the FIDO standards and Nok Nok Labs' solution as the right strategy for solving the current and future authentication needs of our customers. We determined that Nok Nok Labs had the best solution and a vision that is aligned with ours. We have been very pleased with the technology and support we've received from Nok Nok Labs, and we look forward to a long-lasting partnership."
Nok Nok Labs is one of six founding members of The FIDO Alliance, which was launched in February 2013. The FIDO Alliance now has nearly 200 members worldwide representing the modern computing ecosystem of PC and mobile devices, chipsets, banking and payment services, operating systems, authentication technology, healthcare and many more. The FIDO Alliance's new standards bring four key benefits – lower implementation costs, strong consumer privacy, end-to-end security enhancements and reduced user friction.
"DOCOMO's adoption of FIDO specifications opens up a huge opportunity in the Japanese market for customers to benefit not only from more secure authentication, but also from a more streamlined process with the federated identity DOCOMO is offering," said Brett McDowell, Executive Director, The FIDO Alliance. "This FIDO implementation, the first by a wireless carrier in partnership with our co-founding member Nok Nok Labs, helps drive our efforts in a major market, and sets the stage for other carriers around the world to follow their lead."
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