News Roundup: Heartbeat Payments Become a Reality

Last week at Mobile ID World we continued to examine the mobile revolution that has sparked such massive growth in the biometrics market with a look at the history of the fingerprint phone while the industry news was concerned with cybersecurity, new mobile devices and major mPayment news.

Here is your look back on the top stories of the week that was:

Payments

Mobile payments, online banking.Big news hit last Tuesday when Nymi announced its Nymi Band successfully made the world’s first heartbeat authenticated wearable payment. Meanwhile, Australia’s SunCorp Bank announced its customers can use Touch ID to authenticate on its mobile app, PayPal launched its PayPal Here card reader, and Rite Aid threw its support behind a whole slew of mCommerce payment options. Additionally, NEXT Biometrics and iWallet entered into a strategic alliance that could potentially transform the latter’s products.

Nymi Enables First mPayment Via Cardiac Authentication

Rite Aid Embraces Range of mPayment Options

NEXT Biometrics Partnership Could Transform iWallet

PayPal Gives Apple Pay a Leg-Up with Improved POS Device

Australia’s Suncorp Bank Jumps on Touch ID Bandwagon

Cybersecurity, Strong Online Authentication

securityLast week the FIDO Alliance announced that 62 products have been certified under its standard – a number that includes four solutions from Synaptics that use its Natural ID biometric offering. HYPR, an Alliance member, came forward with a solution for biometric data hacks and we reported on some unfortunate news regarding how the HTC One Max has been storing user fingerprints.

HYPR Offers Solution in Wake of Biometric Data Hacks

FireEye: HTC Devices Leave Fingerprints Unencrypted

Four Synaptics Products Get FIDO Certification

FIDO Certification Extends to 62 Products

Handsets

Social network conceptIn mobile device news last week we saw the announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+, we learned about the launch date for the next wave of Apple products, and we heard rumors concerning the biometric capabilities of the upcoming Nexus smartphones. Fingerprint Cards announced that its sensor made it on to the new ZUK Z1 phone last week, and Precise Biometrics was in the news too: integrated into the same phone as FPC and also receiving a follow-up order of Tactivo readers from the US Department of Defense.

Bigger Screen Defines Samsung S6 Edge+

Two New Nexus Devices to Feature Fingerprint Sensors

ZUK Z1 Smartphone Uses FPC Sensor

BioMatch Mobile Powers New Brand’s Smartphone Sensor

Apple to Launch New-ish Devices September 9

More Tactivo Readers Ordered By Department of Defense

Wearables

Samsung Gear S2

The Samsung Gear S2 (image via wired.co.uk)

In wearable tech last week we got our first actual glimpse at the upcoming and long awaited Samsung Gear S2 while a new report from Tractica asserted that more companies are looking into potential applications of wearables. SensoMotoric Instruments, meanwhile, launched its OEM Eye Tracking Platform which is ideal for connected eyewear among other things.

Samsung Offers Glimpse of ‘Gear S2′ Smartwatch

Wide Range of Companies Exploring Wearable Tech: Report

SMI Launches Versatile Eye Tracking Platform

A Bright Future

cash moneyLast week marked the fiscal updates of two biometrics companies, each with their share of good news. BIO-key International and ImageWare Systems both reported impressive numbers for Q2 2015 last week and have their own respective reasons to be optimistic about the second half of the year.

BIO-key Posts Impressive Q2 Results

ImageWare Sees Bright Horizon Beyond Q2 Results

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