It’s been a pretty varied week in Mobile ID World news, but if there’s one theme to be seen in the latest roundup of our most popular stories, it’s fingerprint biometrics.
Readers showed a lot of interest, for example, in Kwikset’s official launch of the Halo Touch Wi-Fi Smart Lock. The device was first announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in January, and enables users to register their fingerprints on each device for biometric unlocking:
Kwikset Launches New Halo Touch Smart Lock with Fingerprint Capabilities
There was also some biometric payment cards news this week, with readers flocking to a story about IDEX Biometrics’ new strategic partnership with Ubivelox. The latter is a South Korea-based smart card maker, and the companies plan to collaborate on the development of fingerprint-scanning payment cards aimed at the APAC market:
IDEX Biometrics Signs Biometric Payment Cards MoU with Ubivelox
Also in the realm of payments was NEXT Biometrics’ announcement that it had received a followup order of its FAP 20 fingerprint sensors from Newland Payment Technology. Based in China, Newland has been integrated NEXT’s sensors into biometric payment terminals:
Newland Payment Technology Orders More NEXT Biometrics Sensors
Beyond the world of fingerprint biometrics, this week also delivered a big piece of acquisition news: Jumio, the specialist in selfie-based onboarding and authentication, has bought Beam Solutions, an AML startup. M&A news is always popular among Mobile ID World readers, and this was no exception:
Jumio Acquires AML Startup Beam Solutions
Finally, readers were also intrigued by a development in the connected car space. Conversational AI specialist Cerence announced this week that it would work with connected car solutions provider PATEO on a cloud-based voice solution for SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile. Their joint solution will be aimed at the Indonesian market:
Cerence and PATEO to Develop Cloud-Based Voice Tech for Indonesian Auto Market
Stay posted to Mobile ID World next week as we continue to bring you the latest news and interviews from the exciting world of digital identity. To see the hottest stories of the week in biometrics, visit our sibling site FindBiometrics.