Last week at Mobile ID World we reported on a major iris biometrics acquisition with implications in the world of fingerprint sensors, while mPayments made up the bulk of the industry news, and new information surfaced concerning what to expect from the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
Take a look back on the big stories from last week in mobile digital identity:
mPayments in India
The mobile payments space is about to get a lot more crowded in India if last week’s news is any indication. The government’s efforts to bring the country into an era without cash have brought about the advent of Aadhaar Pay—a national ID powered payment option. But Aadhaar Pay won’t be the only choice for transaction, apparently, with the Samsung Pay mobile wallet on the verge of an Indian launch.
Staying on the topic of biometrics and FinTech, two news items put financial solutions powered by Daon’s IdentityX platform in the headlines. Mastercard’s Identity Check app, which leverages Daon’s biometrics, is on its way to Australia, we reported last week. Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Gulf Bank won big at the World Finance Awards in part for its embrace of biometrics, which come, once again, courtesy of Daon’s Identity X.
In general digital wallet news, we reported on the increasing support for Mastercard’s Masterpass, while a promotion from Square encouraged merchants to offer Apple Pay as a transaction option, and PayPal was painted as a market leader in a newly released report from Juniper Research.
Last week, the GSMA announced more details about the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The conference is expected to be the stage on which the world will get the first glimpse of Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, and it will also host the Global Mobile Awards, which counts a Canadian Mobile Connect solution among its nominees. Learn more by following the links below:
Biometric Registration and Enrollment
Safran Identity & Security’s mobile biometrics technology played a key role in recent votes held in Ivory Coast, we reported last week. Meanwhile in Thailand, the country’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is moving ahead with regulations mandating biometric enrollment for mobile subscribers, despite calls for exemption form smaller MNOs.
A new report from Accenture encourages public sector agencies to invest in emerging technologies like AI and biometrics in order to attract top talent. To further illustrate the growing ubiquity of said connected technologies, Starbucks has announced a virtual assistant AI system that can take drink orders from customers via voice command. Shifting to the world of IoT, last week brought the announcement that Gemalto’s eSIM solution was greatly expanded throughout the APAC and EMEA regions.
Last week’s big news from Fingerprint Cards had to do with iris biometrics, the company announcing that it will acquire Delta ID. Meanwhile, Eyeprint ID expanded its presence to Europe with a new integration on a banking app.
In fingerprint news dealing with actual fingerprints, last week we reported on a new US sales partnership for IDEX, as the latest iOS update caused Touch ID to break on some users’ iPhones, and Keeper—a password management app—announced support for the embedded sensor on the new Macbook Pro.
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