Each week, Mobile ID World covers a broad range of topics, from biometric payment cards to conversational AI to computer vision tech. It’s all part of the burgeoning IoT ecosystem. But this week’s collection of Mobile ID World’s most popular stories offers a particular focus on official – as in, government-sanctioned – ID, as well as identity verification.
First up, a card-based innovation from IDEMIA. This week the company unveiled a “Converged Card” solution that essentially combines a state-issued driver’s license with a payment card. The aim is to enable direct financial transactions between government and the citizen; and there’s a chance this new solution will offer some sort of compatibility with IDEMIA’s mobile driver’s license solution somewhere down the line:
IDEMIA Combines Driver’s License with Payment Card
Elsewhere in the world, another effort in citizen ID: Innovatrics announced a new partnership this week in which it will help to develop a mobile authentication solution for Slovakian citizens that will allow them to access e-government services. The app will take advantage of Innovatrics’ Digital Onboarding Toolkit, which entails selfie-based facial recognition:
Innovatrics Partners with PosAm on Biometric App for e-Government Services in Slovakia
Sticking to the theme of online authentication, Socure announced that its Socure ID+ platform is now available on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. That means AWS customers can now easily purchase Socure’s Sigma Identity Fraud, Sigma Synthetic Fraud, and Document Verification solutions:
Socure ID+ Suite Now Available Via AWS Marketplace
Readers also showed interest in Buguroo’s warning about the growing threat of “smishing”, a form of phishing based on sending malicious links to victims via SMS. Buguroo highlights the utility of behavioral biometrics in detecting fraud attempts based on credentials stolen through smishing:
Buguroo Warns of Growing SMS Phishing Threat
And finally, something a little different from the world of wearables. Mobile ID World readers were intrigued by this week’s news that the US Army is preparing to trial the use of specialized Fitbit devices to detect the early signs of COVID-19 infection. The program is still in its earliest phases, with Fitbit just having won the $2.5 million contract:
US Military to Trial Fitbits for COVID Detection
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.