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Apple Pay is Operational in Italy

Apple Pay is Operational in Italy

Italy has become the 16th country in which Apple Pay is in operation. The development follows speculation from March, when an Apple Pay section appeared on Apple’s Italian website. The mobile payments platform arrives in the country with the support of Mastercard, Carrefour Bank, Unicredit, and the Boon prepaid Mastercard app. Further support from organizations…

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Gemalto Helps Deliver Biometric Authentication to Finnish FinTech

Gemalto Helps Deliver Biometric Authentication to Finnish FinTech

Finnish financial services solutions provider Enfuce is using Gemalto technology to enable mobile biometric authentication for its customers. It’s authentication as a service, with Enfuce’s customers able to leverage the technology through the company’s app. For their end customers, that means being able to authenticate for financial transactions using fingerprint or facial recognition, or with…

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Biometric Payment Cards Could Fight Welfare Fraud

Biometric Payment Cards Could Fight Welfare Fraud

Biometric payment cards could help to reduce fraud in social subsidy distribution, argues Safran Identity & Security Payment Marketing Director Jesper Domargård. Writing on the company’s website, Domargård notes that numerous countries struggle with the distribution of welfare, pensions, and the like, which can sometimes end up in the hands of unauthorized individuals or even be transferred to…

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Line Corporation Joins FIDO Board of Directors

Line Corporation Joins FIDO Board of Directors

“Line Corporation’s board membership arrives soon after the creation of the FIDO Japan Working Group at the end of last year…” The FIDO Alliance has announced that it has welcomed Line Corporation to its Board of Directors. Line is the company behind the eponymous app, a free call and messaging app along the lines of WhatsApp.…

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Trulioo Platform Gets Biometric ID Verification Capability Thanks to Mitek

Trulioo Platform Gets Biometric ID Verification Capability Thanks to Mitek

Trulioo has announced that its GlobalGateway platform is now able to perform document verification together with biometric authentication thanks to a new partnership with mobile enrollment specialist Mitek. That system is now able to identify 3,500 different kinds of identity documents including passports, driver licenses, and the like. A user can confirm that she is…

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Hoomano Partnership to Bring OT Tech to Robots

Hoomano Partnership to Bring OT Tech to Robots

Oberthur Technologies has signed on with a new partner that could bring its embedded connectivity security technology to robots. The partner, Hoomano, specializes in the development of robots meant to interact with humans in an intuitive way. Together with Softbank Robotics, it’s one of the companies behind Pepper, a robot server that Pizza Hut Asia…

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TrulySecure Upgrades ‘Nearly Eliminate’ Spoofing Possibilities: Sensory

TrulySecure Upgrades ‘Nearly Eliminate’ Spoofing Possibilities: Sensory

“Sensory has also enhanced its liveness detection algorithms to the point of “nearly eliminating” the possibility of spoofing with photos or video, according to a statement from the company.” Sensory has upgraded its TrulySecure biometric authentication platform. The company says the system, which is designed to identify subjects based on a combination of facial and…

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Blockchain Accelerator Program Launches from K(NO)W

Blockchain Accelerator Program Launches from K(NO)W

“The organization also asserted that “digital identity is one of the key foundations of blockchain-based solutions”, adding that the K(NO)W event helped to energize the community of organizations involved.” This week’s K(NO)W Identity Conference has helped to kick off a new program aimed at fostering the development of blockchain solutions. The new Global Acceleration Program…

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Major Names Placing Bets on Biometric Payment Cards

Major Names Placing Bets on Biometric Payment Cards

The biometric smart cards market is beginning to emerge in a big way. Yesterday, one of the biggest players in the mobile biometrics market, Precise Biometrics, issued a Q1 update in which it revealed that its algorithm software has been integrated into payment cards to be used by a South Korean bank, and that it’s…

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Mastercard Efforts Highlight Importance of Transit Front in mPayment, Smart City Markets

Mastercard Efforts Highlight Importance of Transit Front in mPayment, Smart City Markets

As public transport officials convene for this week’s Global Public Transport Summit in Montreal, Mastercard is highlighting how its payment solutions are helping to make the use of public transit easier for commuters around the world. The company says it recently worked with authorities in Singapore to enable contactless payments on that city-state’s transit network,…

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Taiwan-Based OEM Integrates FPC Sensor Technology Into New Smartphone

Taiwan-Based OEM Integrates FPC Sensor Technology Into New Smartphone

Fingerprint Cards has announced another new smartphone integration of its fingerprint sensor technology. In a statement announcing the integration, the company declined to name the client or product in question, but did indicate that the latter is a smartphone, and that the former is a Taiwan-based OEM. FPC also said that the sensor being used…

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Nymi Raises $15 Million in Series B Funding

Nymi Raises $15 Million in Series B Funding

Toronto-based Nymi has raised $15 million USD in a Series B funding round, the company has announced. Nymi has been seeking capital to back its ongoing efforts to develop and promote its Nymi Band, a wristband device designed to measure cardiac biometrics for the purpose of continuous authentication. The wearable device offers a number of applications,…

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Precise Biometrics Announces Sharp Z3 Integration

Precise Biometrics Announces Sharp Z3 Integration

Precise Biometrics technology is helping to power the fingerprint scanning functionality of a new Sharp smartphone. The Sharp Z3 uses a fingerprint sensor provided by Fingerprint Cards, a longtime hardware partner of Precise Biometrics. Meanwhile, the algorithm software in play is Precise BioMatch Mobile, Precise Biometrics’ flagship solution for mobile devices. Sharp is a returning…

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Safran Identity & Security Providing Software For Biometric Mastercard

Safran Identity & Security Providing Software For Biometric Mastercard

“The payment card, which recently saw the conclusion of two successful trial programs in South Africa, features an embedded fingerprint sensor, replacing PIN-based security with biometric authentication.” IDEX isn’t the only biometrics specialist providing technology for Mastercard’s new biometric payment card: Safran Identity & Security has revealed that it is also involved in the pioneering…

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Inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference Begins in Conversation with Edward Snowden

Inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference Begins in Conversation with Edward Snowden

Mobile ID World is in Washington this week for the inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference. Day one started off with an incredibly high profile opening presentation, a conversation between Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor of the Note to Self podcast, and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who joined the stage remotely from Russia. Zomorodi interviewed Snowden for…

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Mastercard Enlists Payments Partners to Push EMV Growth

Mastercard Enlists Payments Partners to Push EMV Growth

“Together with Mastercard’s experimentation with biometrically secured payment cards, the EMV partnerships could be seen as part of a larger effort to compete with the convenience of mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay…” Mastercard has teamed up with two major payments services companies to help drive the adoption of EMV technology in the…

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Mercedes Cars Use Gemalto Provisioning Platform for Virtual Car Keys

Mercedes Cars Use Gemalto Provisioning Platform for Virtual Car Keys

Gemalto’s Trusted Services Hub (TSH) platform is helping to turn smartphones into car keys for the new line of Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars. For the new premium cars, TSH is being used for digital key provisioning. Virtual keys are downloaded to smartphones’ embedded secure elements via Gemalto’s provisioning platform. Once a driver has the virtual key loaded,…

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Experian Is Using Biometrics To Fight Fraud

Experian Is Using Biometrics To Fight Fraud

“It’s messaging clearly intended to explain Experian’s recent investments in the technology to current and perhaps even prospective clients.” Experian is highlighting its use of biometric technology to deliver enhanced security to customers through its CrossCore anti-fraud platform. In a statement, Experian VP David Britton said the technology is “an extremely important part of a…

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New Sharp Smartphone Features FPC Sensor

New Sharp Smartphone Features FPC Sensor

A new smartphone from Sharp is using Fingerprint Cards biometric technology. The Sharp Z3 features an FPC1145 fingerprint sensor. It’s the same sensor model used in two devices Sharp put out last year, the Aquos Zeta SH-04H and the Aquos Xx3. In a statement announcing the latest integration, FPC said the Sharp Z3 will be…

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