StarSign Key Fob: a biometric access device

Issue 1 2021 Access Control & Identity Management

Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) has announced the StarSign Key Fob, a unique biometric solution for employee access to company assets at the highest security level, in a convenient way.

Enterprises and employees alike find passwords and PINs to access corporate facilities or assets cumbersome, while being increasingly worried about their security. The StarSign Key Fob provides an alternative, which is both convenient and secure. It enables users to perform two-factor authentication, by using a single device and fingerprint identification – all in the coin-like dimensions of a key fob.

The StarSign Key Fob is a biometric token that supports both logical and physical access control securely and seamlessly by supporting a wide range of communication channels including NFC, USB and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It not only authenticates users while accessing desktop PCs, notebooks, workstations, tablet PCs, smartphones or IoT devices, but also authorises physical access to buildings, departments or offices. With this, the StarSign Key Fob covers many essential use cases in enterprise environments.

The key fob is a crypto hardware token in a stylish shape, convenient to carry and easy to use. The integrated fingerprint sensor on the top of the device can be used to quickly confirm transactions by pressing a finger on the sensor surface. Equipped with FIDO standards, the key fob authenticates the user and removes the reliance on passwords by using the built-in biometrics combined with a tamper-proof secure element and a multi-channel interface.

As a result, the user profits enormously from a very strong multi-factor authentication solution with highly improved security, usability and scalability, which is 100% compliant to standards like PSD2 and can be used on any platform at any time. More systems and services are enabled for multi-factor authentication with the open standard FIDO from the FIDO Alliance, which allows use of the StarSign Key Fob at a large scale for fast and secure logins.

"Companies and their employees are looking for secure, convenient authentication solutions that eliminate the need for passwords and PINs, and can be used for various applications," emphasises Dr Ferdinand Buriánek, head of Public Sector, Transit and Enterprise Security related business at G+D. "The StarSign Key Fob is designed to satisfy this need completely. It combines highest security with great user experience – not either/or, but together."

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