What is the Nymi Band?
The Nymi Band is a wearable, multi-factor authenticator that can be used with any application, device or service to deliver Always On Authentication™.
Through a single biometric authentication event, the Nymi Band creates a Personal Authentication Network around the user through its Bluetooth® Low Energy and NFC transports. Once this network is activated, credentials can be securely and persistently relayed to provisioned devices within range, until the Nymi Band is removed from the user’s wrist. The Nymi Band can authenticate the individual using a variety of biometric modalities, including HeartID™, Nymi’s unique heartbeat authentication technology, as well as Apple’s Touch ID®, and other strong authentication methods.
Always On Authentication: The Nymi Band uses a single, strong authentication event to validate the user, and allows that authenticated state to persist so long as the device is being worn. The Nymi Band delivers Always On Authentication, enabling frictionless interactions with devices and services commonly found in the workplace.
Why Nymi Band?
The Nymi Band transforms the burden of authentication into a secure and convenient experience. By using multi-factor authentication and communicating one's authenticated state wirelessly, the Nymi Band eliminates the requirement of having to transactionally authenticate to each individual endpoint. Moreover, the Nymi Band can interoperate with various applications, locations or devices, running on any mobile, laptop, desktop or cloud platform. For employers, this provides an unparalleled level of simplicity and security for organization-wide deployments. For end users, the Nymi Band eliminates the friction traditionally associated with authentication, allowing access to become effortless.
HeartID is a Nymi-built technology that uses an individual’s unique electrocardiogram (or ECG) for authentication. Like a fingerprint, the ECG is unique to an individual, with additional benefits such as resilience to replay attacks and spoofing.
Download Nymi's HeartID Whitepaper to learn more.
Nymi Band and FIDO
The Nymi Band has been built to support the FIDO Alliance's Universal Second Factor (U2F) protocol for strong authentication. In supporting FIDO's U2F spec, the Nymi Band can be used as a second factor of authentication for compatible services.