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Apple Pay to Lead Significant mPayment Growth: Report

Apple Pay to Lead Significant mPayment Growth: Report

Market research firm Juniper Research is predicting significant growth for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay this year. In a new report entitled Contactless Payments: NFC Handsets, Wearables & Payment Cards 2017-2021, the firm says that the number of users of such mPayment platform will reach beyond 100 million users in the first half…

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SensibleVision Adds Extra Security to Facial Recognition

SensibleVision Adds Extra Security to Facial Recognition

Biometric authentication solutions provider SensibleVision has announced a new facial recognition system that features additional authentication factors. The system comes with a built-in liveness detection feature; a demo on the company’s website shows a user trying to present a static image of herself on a smartphone to the webcam of her laptop, which the SensibleVision…

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Microsoft Puts Cortana at the Very Start of Device Interaction

Microsoft Puts Cortana at the Very Start of Device Interaction

A new Windows update will allow users to set up their devices by voice command. The functionality will be included in the Creator’s Update, and will be based on the Cortana platform, Microsoft’s voice-based AI assistant. It’s another sign of the growing prominence of voice interaction as a user interface, with companies like Apple, Amazon,…

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Samsung Exec Elected to Lead Smart Car Consortium

Samsung Exec Elected to Lead Smart Car Consortium

A global smart car consortium has elected a Samsung executive as its new leader. Mahfuzur Rahman, Samsung Research America’s Director of Standards & Technology, is now the President of the Car Connectivity Consortium. It’s another sign of Samsung’s deepening investment in smart car technology, with the company having recently completed the acquisition of connected car…

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Excitement Over Biometric Smart Cards is Building: Zwipe

Excitement Over Biometric Smart Cards is Building: Zwipe

“It’s further encouragement after the company’s previously reported deals with multinational card makers toward the end of 2016.” Zwipe is reporting building excitement over biometric smart cards. The company recently participated in the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) Expo, which ran under the theme of “Adapting to the Wave of Change and Technology”. For its…

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Mastercard Users Get Samsung Pay in the UAE

Mastercard Users Get Samsung Pay in the UAE

“The support arrives along with the assurance that it uses the Mastercard Digital Enablement Service, or MDES, to enhance transaction security with ‘EMV, tokenization, cryptography and biometrics’, according to a statement from Mastercard.” Mastercard has announced its support for Samsung Pay in the United Arab Emirates. The news comes shortly after Samsung announced an “early…

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Visa, PayPal Extend Partnership to APAC Region

Visa, PayPal Extend Partnership to APAC Region

PayPal and Visa are extending their partnership to the Asia Pacific region. The companies began their collaboration in the US last summer in an agreement that essentially allowed each to piggyback on the other’s platform. PayPal, for example, would list Visa as an equally prominent payment option in its online checkout services, while Visa would…

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Samsung Aims to Enable IoT ‘Payment Ecosystem’ with Iris Biometrics

Samsung Aims to Enable IoT ‘Payment Ecosystem’ with Iris Biometrics

Samsung has big plans for its iris recognition technology, suggests a new promotional video from the company. While Samsung has certainly made a splash by incorporating iris scanning technology into its newest flagship smartphones, it hasn’t yet outlined what specifically it will be used for beyond unlocking one’s device. There had, of course, been speculation…

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FacePhi’s Selphi Platform Attains FIDO UAF Certification

FacePhi’s Selphi Platform Attains FIDO UAF Certification

FacePhi has attained FIDO UAF certification for its Selphi platform. The platform is based on facial recognition, and allows end users to authenticate by taking a selfie using a smartphone. It has seen numerous deployments over the past year, with a strong focus on serving the financial services sector. Now, the FIDO Universal Authentication Framework certification…

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Demand For IDaaS Solutions Driven By Enterprise Cloud Computing

Demand For IDaaS Solutions Driven By Enterprise Cloud Computing

The enterprise sector’s growing use of cloud computing is driving demand for Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solutions, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision unit. The firm’s new report, Technologies Empowering Future of Identity Management, argues that identity and access management (IAM) challenges “are more business-centric than technology-centric,” as it puts…

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New Batch of FIDO Certified Products Brings Total to 335

New Batch of FIDO Certified Products Brings Total to 335

“It all adds up to greater value for the FIDO authentication brand.” There are now 335 FIDO certified products, the FIDO Alliance has announced. Among the companies celebrating newly certified products are FacePhi, with its UAF certification for its Selphi facial recognition platform; and HYPR, which received certification for the server component of its biometric…

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OT Sees Virtual Key Momentum in Smart Car Revolution

OT Sees Virtual Key Momentum in Smart Car Revolution

“Cars will cease to be a product that we own, becoming rather a service that we share,” says Oberthur Technologies Connected Devices Makers Automotive Director Philippe De Oliveira. He made the statement on a new post on the company’s website, and it speaks to the evolving automotive landscape as cars get increasingly intelligent and connected.…

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Precise Biometrics To Host Annual General Meeting on May 16th

Precise Biometrics To Host Annual General Meeting on May 16th

Precise Biometrics will host its Annual General Meeting on May 16th, the company has announced. The AGM will cover a range of administrative matters, including the election of Board members and an auditor, proposals on remuneration guidelines for the companies management, and so on. Participants will also go over a proposal for a new share…

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HYPR Gets FIDO Certification for Server Component

HYPR Gets FIDO Certification for Server Component

HYPR has attained FIDO certification for the server component of its biometric authentication platform, the company has announced. The HYPR platform supports a number of biometric modalities for authentication, including face, fingerprint, palm, voice, and eye recognition, the last care of EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID technology. Now, the FIDO certification for its server attests to its…

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ID Verification Requirements Are a Business Opportunity for MNOs: Gemalto

ID Verification Requirements Are a Business Opportunity for MNOs: Gemalto

Increasingly stringent regulations are encouraging MNOs to adopt stronger authentication mechanisms – and that’s not a crisis but an opportunity, argues a new Gemalto blog post. On one hand, many governments are starting to outline new registration requirements for mobile subscribers, often in a bid to fight crime and terrorism. On the other, financial services…

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Samsung Pay and Visa Checkout to Combine Forces

Samsung Pay and Visa Checkout to Combine Forces

Samsung has announced that it is enabling Samsung Pay for Visa Checkout purchases with online merchants. In a statement, the company called it “a strategic partnership” that will see a co-branded Visa Checkout/Samsung Pay option appear for users of Samsung devices when shopping online. Clicking it will prompt authentication via the device’s fingerprint sensor, automatically…

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Sumitomo Bank To Launch Multimodal Biometric App This Summer

Sumitomo Bank To Launch Multimodal Biometric App This Summer

Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui bank is getting ready to launch a mobile biometric authentication app developed in collaboration with NTT Data Corporation and Ireland-based Daon. The work was first announced last autumn, with the organizations planning to leverage Daon’s Identity X Platform, a multimodal biometric authentication system that has seen other successful mobile deployments in partnership…

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Huawei Opts for OT eSIM in Huawei Watch 2

Huawei Opts for OT eSIM in Huawei Watch 2

Huawei will use Oberthur Technologies’ eSIM solution in its new Huawei Watch 2. With the DakOTa v4.0 embedded SIM, Huawei’s new smartwatch can be remotely registered and deactivated with respect to mobile networks. That means a single device can be used by multiple users across multiple regions in a single lifecycle. In a statement announcing…

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BQ Aquaris X5 Plus Uses Precise Biometrics Software

BQ Aquaris X5 Plus Uses Precise Biometrics Software

“It’s the same sensor used in BQ’s Aquaris U Plus smartphone, which also featured Precise Biometrics algorithm software.” Precise Biometrics‘ flagship biometric algorithm software is being used to power the fingerprint scanning capabilities of another new smartphone from Spain-based OEM BQ. The new BQ Aquaris X5 Plus uses Precise BioMatch Mobile software care of an…

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