Mobile ID and payments are the big trends in this week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s most popular stories, with items including some big Apple news and an expanding naked payments platform.
First, though, it may be that Pakistan had the biggest mobile ID news of all this week. The country’s National Database and Registration Authority has launched a mobile app enabling citizens to register in Pakistan’s national ID program through selfie-based biometric onboarding:
Pakistan Unveils New Mobile Registration App for National ID Program
Apple, meanwhile, provided an important update to its previously announced mobile ID plans. The company has revealed some of the specific states that have committed to recognizing Apple’s mobile driver’s licenses, and also confirmed that the Transportation Security Administration will accept them as valid ID at airport screening lanes:
Apple Confirms TSA, State Participation in Mobile ID Initiative
Another important development in the selfie onboarding space arrived this week via Equifax, which launched a Digital Identity Suite solution that uses facial recognition to remotely verify the identities of rental applicants – another sign of the strength of the ongoing biometric onboarding trend:
Equifax Launches New Identity Suite to Fight Fraud in Rental Housing Market
In payments news, PopID got a lot of attention this week with its announcement of expansion plans for its biometric payments and access control platform. The company explained how student housing deployments of its PopEntry system have helped to spur growth in the use of its PopPay solution in southern California, and said it’s aiming for a nationwide expansion over the next 18 months:
Student Support Accelerates Growth of PopID’s Biometric Payments Platform
And finally, Zwipe generated considerable interest in its news of a follow-up order from an existing customer for its Zwipe Pay ONE solution for biometric payment cards. The news signals the growing excitement around this nascent technology ahead of anticipated large-scale rollouts:
Early Zwipe Partner Places Substantial Order for Biometric Payment Card Solution
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