The following startup list was provided by "Nikkei FinTech database 2017-2018 publication (Nikkei BP company)" and translated by Fintech Association of Japan(FAJ). Some members of Fintech Association of Japan(FAJ) are included. (These information are as of the end of March 2017.)
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Authentication(15)

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  • 1 Beatrobo, Inc.

    URL
    https://corp.beatrobo.com/
    Service/Product
    PlugAir, Beatrobo
    Total Equity Funding
    Approximately USD 3400000/A
    Investor
    Cyber Agent Ventures, Klab Venture Partners, Movida Japan, Inc., Lawson HMV Entertaiment, Genuine Startups, Credit Saison
    Description
    Beatrobo provides a physical device called PlugAir that enables you to send digital content. In collaboration with Toppan Printing Company, the company is developing a security device for internet banking, PlugAir Secure. The device can send remittence when inserted into the headphone jack of either a smartphone or a computer. The appeal of the device is that is easier than typing an existing one-time password. It is used in the Movida Seed Acceleration Program organized by Movida Japan, Inc.
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  • 2 Capy Inc.

    URL
    https://www.capy.me/jp/
    Service/Product
    Capy Puzzle CAPTCHA, Capy Avatar CAPTCHA, Capy Risk-Based Authentication, Capy Realtime Blacklist
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Capy provides authentication apps that can recognize spam bots from respondents, called Capy Puzzle Capture, and Capy Avatar Capture. Capy Puzzle Capture is able to reveal bots by asking users to complete a pictoral puzzle by choosing the missing puzzle piece. It was adopted at a Microsoft Accelerator held by Microsoft Ventures. Additionally, Puzzle CAPTCHA won the first prize of the IVS LaunchPad in 2013 as well as the MIT E&T Pitch competition. The company partnered with Showcase TV in July 2016, and is planning to develop a new product.
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  • 3 Liquid, Inc.

    URL
    https://liquidinc.asia/
    Service/Product
    Liquid pay, Liquid markting
    Total Equity Funding
    unknown
    Investor
    The University of Tokyo Edge Capital, NTT Docomo Ventures, Credit Saizon, Exontext Asia, Itochu corporation, Information Services Int'l -Dentsu, Ltd., KDDI
    Description
    Liquid provides a biometric authentication payment system, Liquid Pay. It enables users to make payments with their fingerprints by connecting a fingerprint reader and a USB cable to a cash register. The fee, 1.5%, is quite low. In 2015, the company demonstrated the system in collaboration with a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, utilizing the theme park money, called Ten Bosch. Additionally, the company operated with community money in Otaru, Hokkaido, for a theme targeting foreign tourists. It also operates an individual authentication system with the Ministry of Public Management. The company was chosen to be the third cohort at the Docomo Innovation Village, organized by NTT DocomoVentures in 2014, and selected at I-Challenge! by the Ministry of Public Management.
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  • 4 Momentum

    URL
    http://www.m0mentum.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    Black Swan, Black Heron
    Total Equity Funding
    Approximately JPY 70 million/unknown
    Investor
    GMO Venture, GMO Todoroki, SMBC Venture Capital, Mizuho Capital, VOYAGE VENTURES
    Description
    Momentum provides an Ad ROI improvement tool with comprehensive solutions for Ad Fraud and Ad Verification called Black Swan, and a "Performance-specific" Ad Fraud Blocking Plugin for Ad Networks and DSPs, Black Heron. Black Swan is a service to help companies avoid posting ads on innapropriate, illegal downloading sites or on any negative locations which could degrade the company's brand image. Black Heron starts by checking IPs, and uses over 90 metrics, providing their original “Fraud Score Eby integrating the results of those metrics, then providing the “Fraud Score Eto networks. In November 2016, Fringe81 and the company started providing Transparency Management, the first ad placement inspector package in Japan, in order to improve ad transparency.
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  • 5 S&J Corp.

    URL
    http://www.sandj.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    Security Analysis
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    S&J provides a security assessment service that can diagnose conditions of a system or network to determine whether it is infected with malware. It can suggest methods of elimination, as well as preventive solutions to clients.
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  • 6 Ayonix

    URL
    http://ayonix.com/ja/
    Service/Product
    Ayonix Facelogin, Ayca Ver 5.0, Ayonix FaceMatcher, Ayonix Digital Signage, Ayonix Media Inspector, Ayonix Face-ID SDK5.3, Ayonix Face-FD SDK, Ayonix E-gate
    Total Equity Funding
    unknown
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Ayonix developed the world's fastest face authentication engine that utilizes three-dimensional face recognition technology. The prime feature of the engine is its authentication speed. The facial recognition engine can accurately identify over 1,700,000 faces in less than 1 second by utilizing a special algorithm that works even if people have a beard or wear glasses. The product is equipped with an ultra-fine function, which is able to perform gender recognition, age recognition, and smile and sunglasses detection, making it usable in various different kinds of situations for entrance and exit management, a monitering system, or in a bank. The system was ranked as number two in the evaluation test of the NIST 2014 face recognition vendor tests, providing definitive proof of the superiority of Ayonix's face recognition technology.
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  • 7 Ostiaries

    URL
    http://ostiaries.co.jp/ja/
    Service/Product
    Incoming call authentication
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Ostiaries provides a personal authentication service that receives information through phone numbers for varied authentication services such as e-commerce and online net banking, called Incoming Call Authentication. In the past, there existed a number of security issues with personal authentication using an ID and password over a general internet line. By using your phone line for incoming call authentication, the service can provide high quality security as long as users are in physically proximity to their phone.
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  • 8 Cloud Technologies

    URL
    http://www.cloud-tech.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    File Server Cloud, Sapphire, CLOUD x CLOUD, Backup Cloud
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Cloud Technologies provides Sapphire, the combination of a security and VPN network. It includes functions called hot stand-by and multi-homing, which secure back-up lines even if internet servers go down. The features can be accessed with office files through users Epersonal PC, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices on the cloud through a user interface. The company also provides 24/7 monitoring, impediment detection, and a recovery service, in order to provide a safe corporate file sharing environment.
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  • 9 BankGuard KK

    URL
    http://www.bkguard.com/
    Service/Product
    SuperMatrix, Super Money
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Bank Guard provides SuperMatrix, which uses a chart of random images, rather than numbers, that are printed directly on an ID, credit or debit card. It also provides SuperMoney, a cardless / readerless payment technology using biometric palm authentication. SuperMatrix was integrated into 260 different Shinkin Central Banks in Japan, as well as Shinkin Bank’s information system center. So far, the company has been awarded the first-prize at NTT DATA Open Innovation 2015, and was chosen as one of the five Fintech Ventures that the Financial Services Agency of Singapore should support.
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  • 10 Fit Design System Co., Ltd.

    URL
    http://www.fit-design.com/en/index.html
    Service/Product
    Vein Recognition System
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Fit Design sells a finger vein reader authentication unit and access control system. The finger vein authentication enables assessing whether the user is the right person by measuring the flow of the veins on the user's finger.
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  • 11 Platfield Inc.

    URL
    http://www.platfield.com/
    Service/Product
    unID authentication
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Platfield provides a secure authentication service users access without entering an ID and password, called unID. From the users' view, there is only a simple 4 digit number shown, with there being an automated open key authentication between the service and the users, in order to assure a secure authentication.
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  • 12 brArd

    URL
    http://brard.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    brArd
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    brArd provides a safe and secure biometric authentication card payment system it has developed. Instead of a password, through the verification of “biological data Eincluding voice, finger vein, and iris, the service can prevent card fraud.
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  • 13 Mashroom, Inc.

    URL
    http://mashroo.me/
    Service/Product
    FlashTouch
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Mashroom developed a universal data transmission interface device that can send data on any type of smartphone by combining visible light signals from the screen and capacitive touch signals, called FlashTouch. It enables mobile payment and authentication for individuals. Since the device can be utilized in a web browser on a smartphone, it can be used without installing any apps on any kind of device and OS. It is patented.
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  • 14 mofiria Corporation

    URL
    http://www.mofiria.com/en/
    Service/Product
    Finger vein authentication system
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Mofiria provides a finger vein authentication devices software that is a successor to the technology originally developed by Sony. The device has been a success in reducing the size and weight of the device. Applying the company’s unique vein pattern extraction algorithm and center part extraction method?that is less affected by changes in the weather or the physical condition of the individual?enables high-speed matching, with an authentication speed of approximately 0.3 seconds. The software can be potentially used in internet banking payments, and access control for electronic medical records systems. As of September 2016, Mofiria has been working with 21 companies, including Mofiria Fuji Film and MITSUBISHI Space Software to expand its finger vein authentication business.
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  • 15 Universal Robot Co. Ltd.

    URL
    http://www.urobot.co.jp
    Service/Product
    Mobile Biometrics
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 210 million/unknown
    Investor
    NTT Docomo Ventures, SMBC Ventures, DBJ Capital, Sansei Capital, Shinsei Bank, TNP SME venture
    Description
    Universal Robot developed a vein recognition software for the mobile environment. Through the smartphone or tablet’s camera, the software can recognize biometrics. It is the only hybrid recognition technology that is able to extract vein and finger prints. Having already secured registered patent rights in Japan, South Korea, Russia, and Singapore it is currently pursuing more around the world. It works to not only recognize veins with the camera, it also has an excellent reputation for recognition accuracy of finger prints, with a rate of only 0.1% FRR (self rejection), and 0.0003% FAR (acceptance of others). It hopes to prevent unauthorized access to corporate tablets, and to aid in the application for card-less settlements.
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