This week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories delivers mobile access and ID, mobile biometrics, and a bit of cybersecurity news, offering a general impression of the state of mobile identity and security at the end of Q1, 2022.
Probably the week’s biggest news item is the official launch of Apple’s long-awaited mobile driver’s license solution, which has now gone live in Arizona. Residents of the state can now load virtual versions of their official ID into their iPhone and can use their mobile device – or even a paired Apple Watch – for identity verification at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. It’s the first step in a much more ambitious mobile ID program:
On a smaller scale, there’s also the growing trend of mobile student ID. Readers showed a lot of interest this week in Transact’s announcement of a cloud-native platform designed to consolidate a university’s Campus ID and payment processes. It’s a mobile-focused solution that supports functionality like mobile ID issuance and payments:
Meanwhile, HID Global has announced a major deployment of its flagship Mobile Access solution. HB Reavis, the company overseeing one of the biggest real estate development projects in Europe, has installed HID readers at all points of entry in the project, enabling authorized individuals to gain access using mobile-based credentials. The development includes the 53-story Varso Tower, the tallest building in the European Union, making it a truly high-profile deployment:
As for mobile biometrics, readers showed strong interest in the positive reception that iQOO’s new smartphone has been getting with respect to its in-display fingerprint sensor. The iQOO 9 Pro is the first internationally available smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s third-generation 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, and rave reviews about its speed and accuracy may nudge the mobile industry further toward ultrasonic technology for in-display sensors, as opposed to optical sensors:
And finally, a high-profile cyberattack. Lapsus$, the hacking outfit that recently claimed to have obtained a trove of sensitive Samsung data, has now asserted that it gained access to Okta’s backend systems. Okta disputes the claim, but nevertheless is advising the many thousands of organizations that rely on it for secure authentication to be on the lookout for signs of malfeasance as it continues to investigate:
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