Vienna, July 2016 - AUSTRIACARD today announced that its ACOS FIDO® smart cards are now FIDO® Certified. The cards have passed the FIDO interoperability testing, and AUSTRIACARD can thus offer to its clients FIDO® Certified products, including contactless and dual interface-cards, as well as NFC-based key fobs, stickers, and bracelets. AUSTRIACARD is the first member of the Alliance that has achieved FIDO certification for EMV smart payment cards.

"For us, a smart card is the device that ensures FIDO technology can be used conveniently. First, everyone owns multiple cards. Second, people carry them in their pockets wherever they go. And of course there is a major benefit for the issuers: The visibility of their cards and thus their logo increases exponentially. For instance, every time a customer uses his credit card to log into his e-mail, social media, or other accounts, the bank’s logo is seen," says Bernd Eder, Head of R&D at AUSTRIACARD, "For card issuers FIDO is a great way to add value for their end-customers."

About AUSTRIACARD

AUSTRIACARD is the partner of choice for payment, government, enterprise, retail, and public transport organizations in need of the most sophisticated and secure smart cards and digital security solutions. The company designs, produces, and personalizes payment cards, ID cards, access/transport-related cards, as well as loyalty cards, and offers innovative mobile payment solutions as a certified trusted service management provider.

AUSTRIACARD is part of the AUSTRIACARD AG. It also comprises Inform, the regional leader in the information management and document processing business, founded in Athens in 1897.

About the FIDO Alliance

In order to reduce sole reliance on passwords, the FIDO-Alliance members share technology and collaborate to develop open specifications for universally strong authentication. The goal is to create authentication methods which are interoperable, more secure and private, and easier to use – giving the possibility to cover as many services as possible with a single device. Since its launch in 2013, the FIDO-Alliance has grown beyond 200 companies and government agencies.

You can find further information about the FIDO®-technology here.