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Biometrics and Politics in This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Biometrics and Politics in This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Biometric payment tech is once again a hot topic in this week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s most popular stories, and there’s even a bit of politics in the mix, to boot. First, though, is the news of Simeio Solutions’ recently launched identity verification app. Dubbed the ‘Simeio Identity Vault’, the app relies on facial…

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Mastercard Launches Digital ID Pilot Program in Australia

Mastercard Launches Digital ID Pilot Program in Australia

Mastercard is moving forward with a pilot of a new digital identity service that would facilitate secure identity checks in digital and real-world settings. The first tests will be carried out in Australia, and specifically at the Australia Post and Deakin University. The new solution was designed as a replacement for physical ID documents. To…

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Baidu Emphasizes Children’s Mode in New Xiaodu X8 Smart Speaker

Baidu Emphasizes Children’s Mode in New Xiaodu X8 Smart Speaker

Baidu has released its latest smart speaker for the Chinese market. Dubbed the Xiaodu Smart Display X8, the new smart home device offers an 8-inch FullView touchscreen display with 1280×800 resolution and a robust four-microphone array to facilitate far-field voice interactions. The X8 supports multiple biometric modalities, including face and gesture recognition. Facial recognition is…

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CyberLink Partners with Advantech to Improve FaceMe Platform

CyberLink Partners with Advantech to Improve FaceMe Platform

CyberLink is toasting the improved performance of its FaceMe facial recognition platform in the wake of its strategic partnership with Advantech. The two companies have joined forces in an effort to develop better facial recognition solutions for IoT and AIoT devices. To that end, CyberLink has integrated Advantech’s AIR Inference System, which has yielded a…

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Sensory Updates TrulyHandsFree Wake Word Engine with New Capabilities

Sensory Updates TrulyHandsFree Wake Word Engine with New Capabilities

Sensory Inc., a pioneer in embedded voice and biometric AI technologies, announced an update to its TrulyHandsFree wake word engine giving it support for multiple wake words from a number of leading brands. The new capabilities for TrulyHandsFree also allow for custom-branded wake words, where the user can create their own word or phrase to…

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New Apple Patent Could Improve Face ID with Partial Face Recognition

New Apple Patent Could Improve Face ID with Partial Face Recognition

Apple has filed a patent application for an improved version of Face ID that would be able to recognize partial faces and overcome poor lighting conditions. The newly published application was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent specifically concerns a neural network module for a device equipped with a TrueDepth camera.…

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Cerence Releases Localized ARK Platform for the Chinese Market

Cerence Releases Localized ARK Platform for the Chinese Market

Cerence has released a new turnkey solution developed specifically for Chinese cars. Dubbed Cerence ARK (short for AI Reference Kit), the new platform will make it easier for Chinese auto manufacturers to integrate a localized voice assistant with robust AI capabilities into their various automotive offerings. The ARK platform utilizes Cerence’s speech and voice recognition…

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CULedger Celebrates Pilot of Biometric MyCUID Solution for Credit Unions

CULedger Celebrates Pilot of Biometric MyCUID Solution for Credit Unions

The Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) CULedger has completed a successful pilot of its new MyCUID digital credential. MyCUID is compliant with the latest Know Your Customer regulations, and uses mobile biometrics to verify the identities of credit union customers. The platform leverages the biometric readers available on many modern smartphones, and can authenticate users…

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Wearables Market Shipments up 94.6% in Q3 of 2019

Wearables Market Shipments up 94.6% in Q3 of 2019

According to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the shipment of wearable devices worldwide rose in the third quarter of 2019 to 84.5 million units, an increase of 94.6% from Q3 in 2018. Most of the growth in the market was driven by the increased demand for new hearables products, which accounted for…

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RSA, Yubico Partner on FIDO2-enabled Authentication Solution

RSA, Yubico Partner on FIDO2-enabled Authentication Solution

Cybersecurity company RSA Security and Swedish security key maker Yubico have announced the Yubikey for RSA SecurID Access, a FIDO2-enabled hardware device. The Yubikey for RSA will combine the FIDO2-enabled hardware with the benefits of enterprise-grade security and risk-based authentication of RSA SecurID Access. FIDO2 is the overarching term for the newest set of specifications…

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Buguroo Explains How Behavioral Analytics Stops First and Second Party Fraud

Buguroo Explains How Behavioral Analytics Stops First and Second Party Fraud

Buguroo has provided a comprehensive breakdown of the different forms of fraud in a new blog post that classifies fraud into three separate categories. Third party fraud refers to fraud in which a cybercriminal targets a victim with no knowledge of the fraud taking place. That fraud can take many different forms, from phishing attacks…

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Cerence Upgrades Flagship Voice Assistant Platform

Cerence Upgrades Flagship Voice Assistant Platform

Cerence has released an upgraded version of Cerence Drive, its flagship smart car virtual assistant platform. Cerence Drive provides car manufacturers with speech and voice recognition tech that can serve as a foundation for cloud-based and embedded conversational assistants. The latest iteration of the platform makes improvements to the company’s natural language understanding (NLU) engine,…

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Trulioo Brings ID Verification Tech to Ghana and Nigeria

Trulioo Brings ID Verification Tech to Ghana and Nigeria

Trulioo’s mobile identity verification services are now available to customers in Nigeria and Ghana. The news will greatly expand Trulioo’s presence in Africa, and facilitate its efforts to raise financial inclusion through the creation of secure digital identities. “Financial institutions are reluctant to do business with citizens who lack a verified digital identity, as it…

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Mobile Voting Platform Voatz Takes Part in U.S. Census Bureau Tech Demo

Mobile Voting Platform Voatz Takes Part in U.S. Census Bureau Tech Demo

Voatz, a mobile voting and citizen engagement platform, was one of 15 innovative projects that took part in the U.S. Census Bureau’s technology Demo Day. The demonstration showed how the Census Bureau can learn from some of the mobile voting pilot projects conducted by Voatz in advance of the 2020 census — which will be…

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FPC’s Side-mounted Sensor to Debut in Low-cost 5G Phone

FPC’s Side-mounted Sensor to Debut in Low-cost 5G Phone

Fingerprint Cards‘ latest fingerprint sensor has just seen its first smartphone integration, with the company announcing that its FPC1540 model is being used in Xiaomi’s new Redmi K30. First announced just a few weeks ago, the FPC1540 is specifically designed to be implemented in the side of a mobile device. That’s exactly where it is…

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GDPR and CCPA Will Force Companies to Meet Stringent ID Requirements: Deloitte

GDPR and CCPA Will Force Companies to Meet Stringent ID Requirements: Deloitte

Deloitte is trying to raise awareness about digital identity best practices while simultaneously calling attention to some of the main challenges facing businesses and other large organizations. The company notes that many organizations are still utilizing out of date legacy technology, and that those organizations will need to overcome institutional inertia in order to protect…

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RNC and DNC Using Duo Security MFA Ahead of 2020 Election

RNC and DNC Using Duo Security MFA Ahead of 2020 Election

Both of America’s major political parties have been using Duo Security, which specializes in multi-factor authentication (MFA), to secure sensitive information ahead of the 2020 Presidential election, according to a Cyber Scoop report. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has been using Duo since just days before the 2016 Presidential election to provide multiple layers of…

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FIDO Wraps Up Successful Hackathon in South Korea

FIDO Wraps Up Successful Hackathon in South Korea

The FIDO Alliance has wrapped up its Hackathon in Korea. Carried out by the Alliance’s Korea Working Group, the Hackathon was first announced back in July, leading up to final evaluations at the Samsung Seoul R&D Campus on September 6. The process concluded with an awards ceremony at the FIDO Seoul Seminar later that month.…

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