In the test, the demonstrator swiped a finger over the smartphone's fingerprint sensor to authenticate himself as the pre-enrolled account owner and to launch a credit card app. Following authentication, the demonstrator simply tapped the Atrix smartphone against a payment terminal to complete the first fingerprint-enabled secure NFC transaction in the US.
The companies now plan to collaborate further on additional, similar NFC-based reference designs to enable phone manufacturers to build the technology into Android NFC phones. "Field upgradeable solutions and integrated reference designs will provide a variety of options to mobile phone OEMs for fielding mobile commerce transaction-ready platforms," the partners say.
"The payment experience demonstrated by NXP, DeviceFidelity and AuthenTec provides the convenience, speed, and security consumers require for broad adoption of mobile wallets," says NXP's Henri Ardevol. "The fingerprint transaction shows how future mobile transactions may become increasingly convenient through the use of NFC and biometrics."
"Security is often cited as the biggest impediment to the broad adoption of mobile wallets...
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