Authentify Inc. says its new mobile authentication platform will work with the Samsung Galaxy S5's built-in fingerprint reader.

It marks the first time Authentify will support a fingerprint scanner, the Chicago-based company states in a May 21 press release.

The company has offered speech recognition applications since 2001 and voice biometrics since 2004. Samsung's technology will be supported in the 3.5 version of Authentify xFA.

Authentify's goal is to thwart any type of hacking attacks on fingerprint sensors. The underlying authentication in the new platform includes public key infrastructure digital tickets, with layers of voice and fingerprint biometrics as well as PINs, depending on what a client needs, the company says.

"Mobility has added a level of difficulty with regard to knowing your user or customer," says Authentify chief technology officer Andy Rolfe in the release.

An end user and a device can be almost anywhere, making biometrics "the most reliable way" to ensure the device is still in the hands of the same user, Rolfe adds. "We are able to handle a wide range of use cases and end-users employing multiple biometrics."

Rolfe credited the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance model for developing new ideas for the use of multiple biometrics.

Authentify is a sponsor-level member of the FIDO Alliance, and announced its support for Samsung during the alliance's meeting this week in Paris. Authentify says it handles millions of user authentications daily for clients in more than 130 countries.

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