This week in mobile ID news we saw a plethora of new reports, research and reasons to celebrate biometrics and mobility. Fingerprints continued to be a fixture in the industry news, as was mobile commerce and the Internet of Things. We also reported on cloud authentication and new happenings in the world of wearables.
Here are the top mobile ID news stories of the past week:
Reports and Research
This week, in addition to financial updates from BIO-key International and ImageWare Systems, we reported on new research regarding the need for next gen cybersecurity. Additionally, a new report has found great potential for mobility in the area of online government services, while another proposes that mobile biometrics can greatly aid in the area of epidemiology.
This week, Fingerprint Cards announced a major order of its FPC1025 fingerprint sensors from China. Meanwhile, DERMALOG showcased its own ultra-small fingerprint sensor in Germany at this year’s CeBIT event and Authentify partnered with LifeMed ID to bring biometric security to patient ID.
We also looked to the world of video games this week, reporting on the fingerprint biometric solution from Synapitcs that was creating buzz at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) earlier this month.
Smartphones and Paying with Them
The past week brought with it news of mobile innovation and mCommerce conversation. Alipay announced that it will be using facial recognition for online payment authentication – a decision that raised some skeptical eyebrows – while a bank in Buffalo, New York, announced its support for Apple Pay. Speaking of Apple, the US Copyright Office published a number of the company’s biometric patents.
In addition to all of this, it looks like smartphone battery life will be getting a major upgrade thanks to a new partnership between Dyson and a University of Michigan startup.
Cloud, IoT, Wearables
This week’s industry news also went beyond the handset and fingerprint with the Internet of Things, cloud authentication and wearable tech making headlines. Controversy continued to swirl around the connected Barbie doll that listens to children, while Chinese manufacturer Li-Ning partnered with Xiaomi in a move toward embracing wearable tech.
ImageWare partnered with Extenua this week, offering secure cloud storage. Bring Your Own Cloud made the news too, as we learned the cloud platform from Acer will support fingerprint biometrics.
Here is how the news expanded the idea of mobile ID this past week:
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