This past week at Mobile ID World wearables were the name of the game as iPhone owners counted down to the impending Apple Watch street date. Mobile commerce made the news too, while the week was rounded out by smartphone updates and Internet of Things headlines.
With the Apple Watch scheduled to start adorning consumer wrists on April 24 – and pre-orders having started this week – the industry is watching in careful anticipation. Will Apple’s wearable popularize smartwatches in the same way Apple Pay got consumers into mobile wallets? If it does, we have a lot to look forward to, including the major applications examined in this weeks’ featured article.
This week we reported on Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch that overcomes a major adoption barrier by not requiring a connected smartphone. Meanwhile we reported on a bid for smartwatch banking.
Here is how the week’s news had us thinking about mobility in a new, wearable way:
Smartphones and Mobile Authentication
In handset news, this week we reported on the new phone from HTC which finally includes a biometric fingerprint sensor. Samsung surprised everyone with better Q1 financial results than expected, while its competitor Xiaomi set a world record in smartphone sales. All of that plus: Hitachi ID unveiled Hitachi ID Mobile Access as part of its Identity and Access Management Suite.
Mobile Commerce, Mobile Healthcare
Remote healthcare is a very active area of application in mobile identity, and this week Alignment Healthcare and Vivify announced a partnership that will see the former’s patients equipped with the later’s cloud based remote care solutions.
Mobile commerce is another active area in mobile ID (some might even call it the dominant application at the moment), and this week the news brought us an update on how USAA’s mobile biometric authentication has benefited the firm, an advance notice of Early Warning’s acquisition of authentify, and ten more official merchant partners were announced for Apple Pay.
Internet of Things
Finally, it doesn’t seem a week can go by this year with at least a little bit of Internet of Things news. This week we saw a new report surface regarding IoT and connected cars – both major areas of opportunity for strong authentication and mobile devices. Meanwhile, Arxan Technologies expanded its suite of security solutions for the Internet of Things ecosystem.
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