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Wells Fargo to Deploy Biometric Authentication Technology from EyeVerify

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By summer, Wells Fargo will be offering Eyeprint ID from EyeVerify to its corporate clients with commercial banking accounts.

As reported earlier this year in Bank Innovation, the initiative comes in the wake of EyeVerify’s participation in Wells Fargo’s startup accelerator program. Eyeprint ID will be offered as an option along with a face- and voice-recognition system. Both biometric authentication options replace the need for usernames, passwords, corporate ID numbers, and security tokens.

Secil Watson, head of wholesale Internet solutions for Wells Fargo, told the LA. Times this week that passwords were “at the end of their useful life.” She pointed out that Wells Fargo had been studying a variety of biometric solutions for “six or seven years,” including voice-authentication technologies.

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Pictured: EyeVerify Director of Marketing Tinna Hung demonstrating Eyeprint ID at FinovateEurope 2016 in London.

Eyeprint ID technology provides a biometric authentication solution that is as straightforward as taking a selfie. By leveraging the existing camera in a smartphone to image the patterns of veins in the eye, the technology can be used for opening and securing mobile devices, as well as for logins. Unlike other solutions like fingerprint readers or iris scanners, Eyeprint ID’s software-only biometric approach doesn’t require expensive hardware to provide users with 99.99% accuracy.

EyeVerify has been on a roll in recent months. The company announced a deployment of its Eyeprint ID technology at Republic Bank in Kentucky at the beginning of the year, just a few weeks after reporting EyeVerify had topped two million users of its technology. And last fall, the company’s Eyeprint ID was adopted by both Chinese smartphone maker Nubia and the First Internet Bank.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, EyeVerify won a Best of Show award at FinovateEurope 2016. Toby Rush is CEO and founder.