Innovation and Coronavirus in This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

Innovation and Coronavirus in This Week's Top Mobile ID Stories

Unfortunately, the coronavirus has spread even to this week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s most popular stories; but the collection is otherwise full of innovation.

Tinder, for example – the iconic dating app – is now embracing selfie-based authentication, with plans to get this functionality automated using Artificial Intelligence. It’s a means of verifying users and preventing catfishing:

Tinder to Launch Selfie Verification System, Other Safety Features

Taking innovation on a larger scale, this week also saw the news that Mastercard, in collaboration with the Government of Canada, has announced plans for a $510 million innovation center focused on cybersecurity. The lab will be located in the current home of behavioral biometrics pioneer NuData Security, in Vancouver:

Canadian Government and Mastercard Announce $510 Million Cybersecurity Innovation Facility

Across the Pacific, there emerged news of innovative biometric technology. Japan Display Inc. and the University of Tokyo’s School of Engineering have announced what they’re calling the world’s thinnest biometric sensor:

University of Tokyo and JDI Produce Ultra-Thin Biometric Sensor

And Mobile ID World readers also proved interested in the kind of tech innovation that is still underway in the world of smart glasses, with Vuzix having announced that the popular Zoom video conferencing solution is now supported on its line of smart glasses:

Vuzix Brings Zoom Video Conferencing to Smart Glasses

But this week also brought news of a potential threat to innovation: the spread of coronavirus, which has prompted the GSMA to take special measures in its preparation for the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Fortunately, the virus doesn’t seem to have affected registration for the event so far:

GSMA Takes Measures Against Coronavirus


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.