Digital IDs dominate the headlines in this week’s top Mobile ID World stories. We also take a couple of detours for digital currencies and digital onboarding.
We kick things off with a story from Qatar, which is moving forward with the launch of a national mobile ID app. The Qatar Digital ID Card app will allow citizens to store digital versions of driver’s licenses and other government documents on their smartphones, and will come with an electronic signature utility to enable secure digital transactions.
The next story concerns a potential digital identity provider. The tech giant Meta is reportedly planning to rebrand Facebook Pay as Meta Pay, and turn it into a more all-encompassing digital wallet service that could be used to store everything from digital IDs to payment cards to NFTs. If the company follows through, Meta Pay could serve as a potential rival to the similar Apple and Google Wallets.
From there, we head to China, where officials are trialing a new digital currency SIM card with students at a middle school. The SIM cards allow students to make NFC payments with a more limited feature phone, and also double as student ID cards with a location traction function. Students in China are not allowed to bring more modern smartphones into the classroom.
Steve Lizotte is stepping up as NEC Corporation of America’s new Vice President of Engineering. NECAM highlighted Lizotte’s expertise in the realms of biometrics and digital identity, which could suggest that the company is starting to move forward with its own plans for mobile IDs.
Finally, the digital identity specialist AU10TIX is providing remote onboarding services for ONE ZERO Digital Bank in Israel. The technology has allowed the bank to register its first 75,000 customers, with ONE ZERO indicating that AU10TIX’s facial biometric tech will deliver a smoother (and compliant) onboarding experience for end users.
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