Here at Mobile ID World we cover more than biometrics and mobile devices, but it does make up the majority of our news and features. There is a great reason for this: thanks to the increasing proliferation of smartphones and tablets with biometric capabilities combined with a growing demand for post-password security has brought the technology into the mainstream.
Because September will undoubtedly mark new iPhone Touch ID announcements and also contains both Biometrics UnPlugged and the Global Identity Summit, we will be focusing on biometrics and mobility all month.
Here is just a bit of what we’ll be talking about during Mobile Biometrics Month:
It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that biometrically enabled mobile financial transactions are one of the biggest topics in mobile identity management right now. With the recent news that Apple is partnering with Visa, MasterCard and American Express to turn the iPhone 6 into an NFC enabled mobile wallet, it’s clear that the hype is just beginning. Payments, banking and more done from your mobile device with the touch of a finger, the saying of a phrase or the capture of your eyeprint are all on the table for discussion here.
Bring Your Own Device
Mobility can bring efficiency to enterprises of any size, but only with the assurance that critical and confidential information won’t be compromised with a lost or stolen phone. Biometrics, especially when combined with mobile device management software and a well thought out BYOD policy are perfect for the job. Logical access control, physical access control and electronic health records are just a few of the workplace benefits that mobile biometrics enable.
Regular readers of Mobile ID World will have noticed an emerging trend in the industry news section: wearable tech is going biometrics in a number of different ways. Now mobile biometrics aren’t restricted to your phone or tablet, they’re finding their way to your wrist, your headphones and even the shirt on your back. Especially with the maturation of M2M technology and the Internet of Things, wearable biometric devices are going to start playing a larger role in how we interact with eachother and the world around us.
Biometric smartcards are also a big part of the mobile biometrics movement. Whether it’s allowing for easy-to-deploy physical access control or providing an entire nation with financial inclusion options where there were none before, smartcards combine biometric assurance and security with a portable form factor in a wide variety of situations.
Stick with Mobile ID World throughout September as we continue to explore the topic of mobile biometric solutions and bring you ground floor coverage of Biometrics UnPlugged and the Global Identity Summit. Follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a beat.