Last week at Mobile ID World the news was diverse in scope, with headlines featuring different modes of authentication, innovations in IoT, and even an instance of biometrics intersecting the Norwegian justice system.
Here is a look back on the top mobile digital identity stories from the week that was:
Last week a Norwegian court ruled that police can compel a suspect to unlock his fingerprint protected smartphone. In other controversial news, we reported on the ‘Error 53’ fiasco that has seen iPhone users with bricked devices after seeking third party maintenance related to their Touch ID sensors.
Of course, those two news stories help illustrate just how much smartphone based biometrics have entered our culture, and the latest report from Acuity Market Intelligence has gone so far as to officially declare the technology mainstream.
In fingerprint news last week we saw the latest iPassword upgrade embrace Android enabled biometrics and a patent suggesting that a future iteration of Touch ID might include 3D Touch technology. Meanwhile, BIO-key International made headlines with a new partnership—a licensing deal with 2Fa that will see its fingerprint biometric tech integrated into the 2FA ONE Authentication platform.
Faces, Eyes, Voices
In face, voice and eye news last week we had an interesting study and a look at two new products. OmniVision released a new sensor that can be used for facial recognition while we heard from Eyefluence about its eye-tracking solution that has applications in virtual and augmented reality. Additionally, we learned how mobile biometric tech is affecting our culture thanks to a new Guardian report examining the effect AI assistants like Siri are having on regional accents.
IoT and Wearables
Gemalto’s Cinterion Cat. 1 LTE M2M received certification from Verizon last week, paving the module’s way into the US market. Trustonic, meanwhile, announced the Trustonic Hybrid Protection (THP) which has security applications in the Internet of Things.
In terms of wearable tech, last week we got a look at new smartwatches from ZTE and KDDI that are aimed at children (and their watchful parents). Ally Bank, in the meantime, made progress in its mobile and wearable commerce initiatives.
Speaking of mobile commerce, there was no shortage of financial ID news last week. FIDO submitted comments to the European Banking Authority regarding financial authentication standards, Apple Pay was victim of a seven hour enrollment glitch, and Visa made headlines with its initiatives aimed at empowering both developers and consumers. We had Apple Pay usage stats too, along with a look at PayPal’s ‘New Money’ Super Bowl ad. Check out all those mCommerce news stories and more:
Mobile World Congress
We are edging ever closer to Mobile World Congress 2016, and as usual, that means we’re beginning to see the itineraries of some of the major players attending the event. As usual, the industry is looking forward to seeing what Samsung is planning for its next flagship smartphone as well as if the company will be expanding its mobile wallet availability to new regions. Visa has announced a biometrics-heavy MWC presence too, SuperCom is returning with a focus on Payments, and FotoNation will also be at the conference, showing off its biometric portfolio.
Here’s a look at how this year’s Mobile World Congress is shaping up:
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