February 1, 2017
Toronto, London & Helsinki, February 1st 2017 – The Canadian Mobile Connect pilot led by EnStream LP – a joint venture of Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and TELUS Communications, has been named as a finalist in the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards (Glomo Awards) 2017 in the category of “Authentication and Identity”. The Glomo Awards recognise mobile innovation, excellence and achievement and will take place across the week of the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (27 February – 2 March 2017).
“We congratulate all of the nominees for the Glomo Awards, which once again saw an impressive number of entries,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “The Glomo Awards recognise those companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly evolving mobile industry, and we are excited to this year introduce several new awards that highlight the very latest developments in this dynamic industry. We wish the best of luck to the 2017 Glomo Award nominees.”
The Canadian Mobile Connect service is now in pilot testing for authentication in Canadian e-services using components provided by Ubisecure and MePIN. The service is the first Mobile Connect deployment in the world that uses a Smartphone App Authenticator (SAA) for registration, authentication and account recovery, and has deep integration into mobile operator subscriber verification services. It provides a simple, effective, and rich user experience for mobile subscribers from any of the three telecommunications companies using their smartphone to authenticate to participating e-services.
“We are proud to have been nominated for this prestigious award along with our partners Ubisecure and MePIN. The implementation reflects strong collaboration among the providers as well as the participating mobile network operators. We are all focused on developing an exceptional user experience that enhances convenience, security and privacy, while also integrating seamlessly into the online service providers’ brand experiences,” said Robert Blumenthal, Head of Digital Identity and Authentication Services at EnStream.
The service is powered by an Identity Gateway provided by Ubisecure and the smartphone app authenticator by MePIN. The combination enables user to get started quicky and incorporates the mobile network operator brand as well as the e-service brand to be visible throughout the authentication event. This increases brand recognition for the participating providers and enhances trust as the end user is properly informed to which service he is logging into.
“User experience, starting from the service discovery and covering also the numerous edge use cases, is the key to a successful online identity service. We are pleased that EnStream, the Canadian network operators, and the independent Global Mobile Award judges have recognized the benefits and rich user experiences MePIN for Mobile Connect Smartphone App Authenticator and Public Key Infrastructure enables,” said Markku Mehtälä, CEO MePIN / Meontrust Inc.
“We are very excited to be a part of this country-wide pilot and the of nomination for the GLOMO Award. Together with EnStream and MePIN we have innovated and concentrated on the most important success factor – user experience. The Canadian deployment is definitely on the leading edge of Mobile Connect technology and provides an outstanding user experience”, said Simon Wood, CEO Ubisecure “We have created a highly attractive Mobile Connect solution that ensures rapid time-to-market for any mobile network operator that wishes to become an Identity Provider in their market”.
Here’s a link to Mobile Connect Canada demo videos.
Here’s a short recap of what Mobile Connect is and how it works:
EnStream is a joint venture of Canada’s leading mobile telecom companies – Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and TELUS Communications, that enables secure identity verification and authentication services. Intended for banks, credit bureaus, insurance companies, government, utilities, and many others, these services can help provide timely and accurate verification of mobile subscriber identity and status as a means to enhance user convenience and reduce identity theft and fraud. For more information please visit www.enstream.com.
MePIN / Meontrust Inc is an independent cybersecurity and strong online authentication technology company. The MePIN solution enables compliance and modern strong customer authentication for Telecom Operators and Financial Service Providers. Since the founding in 2010, the Finland based company has grown to an international solution provider with customers and partners all around the world. The company is funded by independent investors from USA, Hong Kong and Finland, and is a member of MasterCard Start Path and FIDO Alliance. Further information is available at www.mepin.com.
Ubisecure is a global Identity & Access Management software and cloud services provider. Ubisecure technology makes using online identities easier, safer and more private for consumers. It helps businesses improve user experience and reduce costs through increased customer engagement, loyalty and insight and it helps service providers benefit from simplified registration, login and attribute sharing from the rich identities already being used online. It helps create trusted connections between digital services, devices and mobile identity. When these modern aspects of identity management are combined, Ubisecure enables the true potential of digital business. The company headquartered in Finland works through a network of local and global system integrator partners and has offices in the UK. For more information please visit www.ubisecure.com