NUREMBERG, GERMANY--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - BioID, one of Europe's leading biometric security companies, has announced the world's first Biometric Authentication as a Service (BaaS) -- a multimodal biometric service on demand that provides an easy to use, fast and secure biometric authentication without the hassles and risks of user IDs and passwords. The technology revolutionizes online authentication and digital identity management for consumers, businesses and government organizations.

BioID verifies the identity of a user by means of advanced multimodal biometric recognition techniques (face, iris, voice, or any combination of the three) instead of user IDs and passwords. Biometric traits provide a strong link between a physical person and his or her digital identities, because human characteristics such as face, iris and voice can't be forged, lost, shared, or stolen. They are unique the same way the individual is unique.

BioID's Authentication Service provides biometric web "single sign-on" (SSO) based on "OpenID" and other federated identity systems. OpenID is an internet-scale identity system with over one billion user accounts and widely supported by leading companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL, MySpace, Sears, Universal Music Group, France Telecom, Novell, Sun, Telecom Italia, and many more.

"BioID's Biometrics as a Service platform offers high availability and dependability, is in accordance with security best practices, and provides clearly defined biometric and other security features," said Ho Chang, BioID CEO. "Enabling customers to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their authentication data is of the utmost importance to BioID, as is maintaining trust and confidence."

Chang emphasizes that BioID's Biometric Authentication Service addresses two key security concerns, namely privacy and phishing attacks. BioID is a user-managed identity service enabling biometric authentication. Users decide which information to share with whom, and for how long. Users can stop information sharing anytime with sites they no longer trust. BioID's unique multimodal biometric technology requires users to participate throughout the authentication process and hence reduces the risk of "man-in-the-middle" attacks.

"One of the key features of our BioID service is to confirm the user presence at every login by means of face recognition," Chang said. "This is a powerful feature to plug the hole of the infamous 'someone else used my computer' problems and to manage service session effectively."

BioID can be used on thousands of websites. Simply look for the BioID logo or the OpenID logo on website logins.

More information about the new BioID Authentication Service can be found at

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About BioID

BioID is guided by the vision that multimodal biometrics will greatly enhance the convenience, user experience and security of internet and mobile users and help them to protect their digital identities from identity theft. BioID is a leader in multimodal biometric authentication and IT security.

With the increasing use of the internet as well as mobile IT and communication services, people have a growing number of internet accounts and digital identities, which are typically protected only by a password or the combination of a token (card, key, USB stick, etc.) and a password. In contrast, BioID does not protect digital identities with insecure passwords and tokens, but rather with an indisputable link to the biometric traits of the user. Because biometric traits can't be forged, lost, shared, or stolen biometric authentication is the only method known today that can verify the physical presence of a user.

BioID's authentication software recognizes a person reliably by their face, iris and voice, and thus prevents fraudulent use of digital identities. At the same time, BioID enjoys high user acceptance because BioID users no longer have to remember passwords. BioID's authentication solutions have been proven through many years of use at enterprises, banks and government organizations, and can be integrated flexibly into existing IT and communication environments.

Privately held, BioID's development facilities are located in Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, please visit

CeBIT-Booth A58, Hall 4

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BioID Announces World's First Biometric Authentication as a Service (BaaS)
March 3, 2011, 11:00-12:00 am
CeBIT Convention Center
Room 105/106