US seniors group praises NSTIC biometric identity pilot
04 December 2014 15:26 GMT

Daon’s TrustX product uses face or voice recognition.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) says a mobile biometric authentication pilot launched by a US government identity initiative is helping their members to protect and understand their digital identities.

Virginia-based identity assurance software firm Daon has been working with AARP on an NSTIC pilot of a multi-factor authentication product that works with smartphones and facial or voice biometrics.

Through Daon’s TrustX product, AARP members have been able to use pin numbers, or face or voice recognition with their smartphones to enrol and access personal health records.

Jim Barnett, senior strategic advisor for digital identity management at AARP, says the age group of his members - AARP has more than 37 million members aged 50 and over – was an advantage in the achieving the pilot’s outcomes. 

“Since the AARP user base is comprised of members with varying levels of technological expertise, the need for a streamlined user experience was of key importance,” said Barnett.

Barnett added that the pilot was a great platform to discuss usability and secure interoperable credentials.

“Whether you are 19 or 91, protecting your identity is extremely important – particularly as identity breaches become more pervasive, “ NSTIC senior pilot programs manager Kat Megas wrote in a blog on the pilot.

Megas says the AARP pilot is one of NSTIC’s most exciting, because one focus of the pilots has been testing how different types of consumers respond to different types of identity solutions

Since the AARP user base is comprised of members with varying levels of technological expertise, the need for a streamlined user experience is of key importance