Partnership Evaluates Technologies for ‘Smart Authentication’ of Employees

Werum IT Solutions and Nymi collaborate on the development of authentication for pharmaceutical and biotech production to help increase data integrity and efficiency on the shop floor.

Werum IT Solutions, supplier of manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing IT solutions for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, and authentication expert Nymi have entered a strategic partnership. As part of their collaboration, the two companies are developing joint solutions for the smart authentication of employees on the pharmaceutical shop floor – an important prerequisite for ensuring data integrity and increasing efficiency in pharmaceutical and biotech production.

“Together with our customers and partners, we evaluate new technologies for operating concepts on the shop floor of the future,” says Christiane Dickel, Product Manager at Werum IT Solutions. “The use of an innovative wearable for authentication has proven to be very promising. We are looking forward to working with Nymi and are confident that our new joint solutions will add significant value to customers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.”

Nymi offers wearable, biometric authentication products that are backed by Nymi’s Enterprise Management (NEM) console for ease-of-deployment, security and privacy, while increasing productivity. The Nymi Band is a multi-factor biometrically authenticated wearable that is worn by shop floor workers to perform day-to-day authentication tasks, such as digital signatures within an MES. Once setup, the user simply has to put on the Nymi Band and authenticate using their fingerprint.

The device will then remain authenticated for as long as it remains on the user’s wrist. As an extra layer off security, the band also has sensors to read the wearer’s electrocardiogram, this confirms that the person wearing the Nymi Band and placing their finger on the sensor is indeed the authorized person. This authentication will be integrated into Werum’s PAS-X MES and is intended for use in already existing systems as well as by new customers.

“We are excited to be bringing our wearable authentication to the life sciences industry with the market leader, Werum IT Solutions. As manufacturing becomes increasingly digital, we believe the value of continuous authentication will play a critical role to increase data integrity, but also maximize productivity, providing a substantial leap forward for manufacturing IT,” says Shawn Chance, VP Strategy at Nymi.

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