Last week at Mobile ID World, consumer technology consumer authentication was the name of the game as we continued our month long look at biometric software solutions. Rounding out the headlines we also saw news about new handsets, innovations in wearable tech and the Internet of Things.
Here’s a look back on the top stories from the week that was:
PayPal is holding a party in Times Square today, celebrating that it is now officially its own company having split from parent concern eBay, and it has entered a dynamic and competitive market. Last week Apple Pay launched in the UK with a last minute partnership and customer warnings from the London transit authority while the vice president of Alipay heralded the end of passwords in mobile financial transactions. New reports and new partnerships painted an accurate picture of the market that’s been popularizing consumer biometrics and changing the way we pay.
Here’s a look at the top mCommerce stories of the past week:
The FIDO Alliance and its members were all over the news last week with Egis joining the consortium’s board of directors and showcasing its UAF and U2F tech at MWC Shanghai. Speaking of U2F, Bluetooth Smart was approved officially for the current FIDO second factor specifications with the signing of a memorandum of understanding. Meanwhile, preparations continued for the FIDO Ready Windows 10 operating system with rundowns of its hardware requirements and an official launch date.
Internet of Things
The UK government incentivised innovation in Internet of Things last week with a £10 Million prize. Target launched its Open House project which aims to educate and familiarize consumers with M2M tech while NTT Docomo’s CEO highlighted IoT innovation in an MCW Shanghai keynote.
In wearable tech news: last week saw the Apple Watch transformed into a TV remote, a mood altering wristband and a patent that might see Apple’s next smartwatch sporting vascular biometrics.
The two current Samsung flagship smartphones were approved for use in the UK government thanks to the KNOX platform last week. Staying on the topic of the government, ImageWare Stands to see licensing revenue from that sector after sealing a deal with Lockheed Martin to see its Biometric Engine integrated with the latter’s Identity as a Service platform.
Last week, biometrics were at the center of the handset news. Dashlane announced support for Samsung fingerprint sensors, the Huawei Nexus looks like it will be sporting a sensor of its own, and new research has revealed that new opportunities are opening in the iris recognition market now that the tech is being included on mobile devices.
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