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Sezame visiting HIMMS’18

In March 2018 we visited HIMMS in Las Vegas. HIMMS is the largest IT for Health exhibition worldwide and means Health Information Management Systems Society. Why did we visit HIMMS as our first visit to a healthcare exhibition? To put it bluntly the reason was that within the European healthcare sector the policies and decisions for healthcare are mostly done by the government which don’t take into account startups and thus it’s difficult in Europe to enter this domain easily. Next to that we think our solution is very well capable of supporting the healthcare sector since we are compliant to the European GPDR and eIDAS standards and our solution is simple and secure to use. Only in the US, Americans spend annually 3.4 trillion dollars on health (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/06/how-we-spend-3400000000000/530355/) which gives a picture how big this market is for IT.

What did we see at HIMMS, what were the largest takeaways?

  1. Healthcare is now primed for a digital transformation. Thanks to the $35 billion invested in putting electronic healthcare records in every hospital and doctor’s office, most healthcare providers are now computerized. With the EHR basics in place much more money will be spent in coming years. Also, Jared Kushner explained at HIMMS that The White House is fully focused on achieving interoperability of healthcare records;
  2. Enterprises are recognizing the safety, efficiency, and storage capacity of the cloud. From Amazon’s AWS to IBM’s Watson, virtually all 1300 vendors exhibiting at the show were promoting their cloud solutions;
  3. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and Augmented Reality aren’t just coming: they are already here;
  4. Apple, Amazon and Uber entering the healthcare field captured everyone’s attention with the hope of a new casino game that is a guaranteed winner. Each of them represents an area — group purchasing via Amazon, employee clinics by Apple and transportation via Uber — that is currently covered in some form or fashion. It’s not that these companies will turn the sector around instantly, but it did create a buzz which the old-fashioned companies need to start innovating.

Especially the first two take-aways are interesting to us. In the US the majority of interactions in the healthcare system is based on 1-factor authentication solutions or even no additional checks (in case of the usage of hospital badges e.g.). We also noticed that biometric authentication was not yet mainstream in healthcare solutions.

Our solution can be used within the healthcare domain on various use cases for e.g. logging into online accounts (with our solution there’s no risk of fraud, since only the account holder can log into the account), logging into a computer (no password needed anymore), logging into subdirectories / files with biometric authentication, validation of a customer on the other end of the phone line via remote biometric validation, unlocking electronic key lockers, or even linking a healthcare badge when walking through e.g. a hospital. As long as a smartphone can be carried along through the healthcare facility and the requester for the authentication is connected our solution works… simple and very secure!

Help us spread the word and free the world of the nuisance that passwords and PINs pose to all our lifes today and let’s make this world safer – especially in the healthcare environment!

We realize biometrics is a very worrying subject. Your passwords might get stolen, a very inconvenient thing to happen (if you ever had one stolen and then used, you know the feeling), but there is an upside (if you want to look at it from a positive perspective) – you can set a new password on all accounts you used it and you are ‘safe’ again. But with your biometrics, there is no such thing as changing them in case of theft – they will stick, no reset possible.

That’s why here at sezame we opted for the one path where this does not pose a threat – we do not have access to your fingerprints or face scans, we do not store them and we certainly do not send them over the internet – encrypted or not!

We follow the same pattern led by the industry giants implementing biometric sensors – your data stays within your most personal device, your smartphone. It never leaves the phone and (up to today) there is not one documented incident where the bad guys where able to access these biometrics on a phone – they are safely locked away in a so called TPM (trusted platform module) – a cryptoprocessor on the mainboard with isolated communication capabilities towards the main processor or the internet-connected modules. The implementation of these secure co-processors in today’s smartphones makes it literally impossible to access the raw fingerprint data via the operating system or any applications running on the phone (again, as of today, not a single documented incident). If you want to read more about this (in great detail, here’s a link to how Apple implements this in today’s iPhones: iOS_Security_Guide and Touch ID advanced security technology

So under the (pretty safe) assumption that your fingerprints or face scans are secure on your device, we decided to use an approach leveraging these sensors and their built-in security the way they were designed.

What are the advantages of remote authentication compared to the existing Touch ID solutions many apps already use on my iPhone?

There are many apps out there in the app store today that already make use of Touch ID & Face ID (on Apple smartphones) or fingerprint authentication in general (on most Android smartphones): your banking app, cloud storage providers (like Dropbox or OneDrive and many others), email clients or financial transaction apps (like your credit card company’s app or PayPal) and even your Amazon shopping app. They all make use of the great opportunity already built into mostly all modern smartphones of using your biometric identifiers for safely accessing services they provide without the constant hassle of entering PINs or passwords whenever you open them up or want to use them. This works great and is a big step towards a world without passwords.

So what is different if I use sezame?
The main difference is the way sezame makes use of these biometric sensors built into your most personal device. We leverage this secure approach of storing your biometrics (as you surely have heard before, your fingerprint details never leave your phone, they are securely stored in the phone and can not be retrieved by anyone, including us) to enable you to remotely log into your preferred service via your device. With all the aforementioned examples, you are more or less only replacing a locally stored PIN or password for your app with your fingerprint – releasing this stored PIN. sezame on the other hand enables this via its patented process e.g. on remote websites but more generally speaking also allows for unlocking more or less any service on a connected device (that can make use of our unique process via the installed SDK – a little piece of code available on all major platforms like Java).

Once your favorite website, service or device has implemented our solution, all you need to unlock, open or enable it is your fingerprint on your smartphone – secure and simple. So unlike the solutions you already know making use of Touch ID etc. which can only unlock one service/app locally because you stored a PIN for that app first, our solution has the potential to unlock mostly everything (if implemented on a wide enough scale of course) – and this without storing passwords or PINs, not centrally and not locally on your phone. So one app will be able to unlock all the services you use on a daily basis with the same method and the same convenience – again and again and again. Help us spread the word and free the world of the nuisance that passwords and PINs pose to all our lives today!

photo credit: © Nicholas Brooks
www.AustinTXphotographers.com

Panel discussion Driving Digital

We just returned from Austin, TX where we had the pleasure to not only visit the great festival for digital innovations, SXSW, but also were invited to participate in a panel discussion on how the automotive industry is challenged in times of digital transformation. Moderator Engelbert Wimmer, CEO of e&Co AG, hosted a full hour discussion with three Austrian startups, Butleroy, Humanising Autonomy and sezame, presenting their views and visions for the cars of the future. Hosted by Austrian Day at the German house, this was a great opportunity for us and our fellow peers to provide insights into the daily challenges and opportunities when large corporations meet small startups. An enticing and lively conversation about tomorrow’s cars, how biometrics can assure that only the authorized owner can drive them, how effective security can only be achieved if it is friction-less for the consumer and more, all led by a brilliant moderator with deep-rooted knowledge in the automotive industry, captivated the audience and made for another highlight at this great event in Southern Texas!

photo credit: © Nicholas Brooks
www.AustinTXphotographers.com

Dear friends of sezame,

Helping the world getting rid of all passwords through remote biometric authentication got a step closer! 2017 has been a successful and busy year for us. Some highlights: we have been able to integrate the sezame technology into the first B2B and B2C environments, we got invited on a number of world renowned conferences and we worked a lot on developing new products. Time to give you all an exciting update what we did and what’s coming in the next couple of months!

“This solution convinced us, it is easy to use, but at the same time it offers our users optimum safety” (Christian Pfundner CIO Schrack Technik)

Product

Next to stabilizing and improving our core B2B product we developed our first end-consumer (B2C) service which has been launched in January and can be obtained through an in-app purchase in our renewed sezame app. We are very proud to present a biometric vault called SAFE, in which you can safely store all your private and confidential information. It doesn’t matter where you install it, on a USB stick, somewhere on a hard drive or in the cloud, our solution makes it possible to safeguard your information by remote biometric authentication. It’s available through an annual subscription in the app store for 9,99 €, but as an introduction to our new product SAFE we changed our regular 3-month grace period to a 12-month grace period. So please download our sezame app for free and start using SAFE. If you like it also tell your colleagues, friends, about our product so they can use the same offer as well. This special introduction offer is valid until 28 February 2018. You can install SAFE on as many devices as you own. For more information please visit seza.me/safe.

Conferences

Our product fits any company since replacing passwords with our solution will relief the IT helpdesk from a number of tickets and next to that you will benefit from minimized costs in comparison to other solutions. Sezame will visit a large number of different conferences to get different sectors acquainted to our product. To name a few where we will be present before the summer of 2018. Please contact us to visit us there and get a personal product demo.

Mobile: Mobile World Congress, 26 February – 28 February, Barcelona, Spain

Healthcare: HIMMS, 5 March – 9 March, Las Vegas, USA

Interactive, Film and Music: SXSW (South by SouthWest), 9 March – 18 March, Austin, USA

Fintech: MoneyConf, 11 June – 13 June, Dublin, Ireland

Internet of Things (IoT): IoT World Europe, 12 June – 14 June, London, UK

 

If you wish to receive further information please contact us by phone or mail:

Mail: sales@sezame.io

Phone: +43 670 2044272

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Thank you

The sezame team