Last week at Mobile ID World, the FIDO Alliance made big headlines while fingerprint biometrics took up their usual massive share of the news. We had reports out of the world of IoT too, while Apple, Samsung and Android maneuvered in their ongoing battle of mobility, innovation and identity.
Here’s a look back on last week in mobile digital identity:
In financial news last week we heard rumblings that a number of major US banks are working on mobile ready ATM tech. Republic Bank, meanwhile, added Eyeprint ID and Touch ID authentication options to its mobile app, and Apple Pay snagged a significant amount of new support, including that of Barclays.
The FIDO Alliance made the news last week with a new privacy-centric white paper. The consortium welcomed chip card production company CPI Card Group to its ranks and also granted FIDO Certification to Morpho’s mobile facial recognition solution, which has been described as a “selfie-based solution.”
Internet of Things
Morpho was also a big name in the IoT news last week, having announced that it will be sponsoring Mobile Device Mayhem (MDM)—a forum hosted by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley. Events like MDM are becoming more and more crucial as we continually see a critical demand for strong authentication in the Internet of Things. Last week we reported on a major vulnerability that is raising red flags all over the Internet: unprotected webcams can be accessed by a new web app called Shodan.
Mobile network operators in Saudi Arabia are collecting the fingerprints of new subscribers in a new policy move that falls in line with a growing global trend. Meanwhile, new numbers from IHS forecast that by 2020 we will see fingerprint sensor shipments reach 1.6 billion. That statistic isn’t too surprising given the popularity of said technology on mobile devices. Exemplifying that popularity, last week also saw yet another smartphone integration of Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics tech: the Lenovo K5 Note.
Catch up on all of that and more by perusing the following stories:
Apple, Samsung and Android
The big three names in mobile all made the news last week. Android, thanks to a new partnership with Movidius, will be bringing enhanced image recognition capabilities to its smartphones. Samsung, meanwhile, will be bringing a number of its apps—including those that enable the use of its wearable tech—to iOS. Apple, for its part, was granted design patents for a variety of properties including Touch ID and Apple Watch bands. Not all is well in Apple camp these days however, and last week we learned that the company’s automotive project (Project Titan) is reportedly hitting some speed bumps.
Finally, last week’s news was multimodal. In addition to the fingerprint, eye-vein and image recognition mentioned above, we saw signature, face and phoneprint modalities make headlines. Facebook won a privacy and biometrics flavored lawsuit, Wacom introduced a new eSignature app, and Prindrop raised a massive amount of money in a financing round. Additionally, Credence ID, a biometrics company that offers multimodal mobile biometric technologies, announced a big new appointment in the Americas region.
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