It’s been another varied week in Mobile ID World news, with the latest roundup of our top stories ranging across mobile biometrics, liveness detection, payment cards, and mobile IDs. And the latter topic was in the spotlight thanks to two big news stories concerning mobile ID projects at the state level.
Mississippi, for one, is about to launch a digital ID app that will let residents create virtual versions of their driver’s licenses and vaccination cards. Ultimately, though, state authorities are hoping that the ID app will include a number of credentials issued by the state, such as hunting licenses and realtor credentials:
Readers also showed sustained interest in news about Apple’s mobile ID program. The tech giant is working with multiple states – and the Transportation Security Administration – to establish a digital ID credential that will be accepted by government authorities, and recently a number of details about the state of Maryland’s role in the program have come to light:
Turning to mobile biometrics in particular, readers showed a lot of interest in a story about critical responses to Google’s new flagship smartphone. While the Pixel 6 has generally been well received, it features an in-display fingerprint sensor that is leaving a number of end users unsatisfied. This is Google’s first attempt at this increasingly popular biometric technology, and it shows the importance of getting it right:
Meanwhile, a leader in biometric onboarding has made an important acquisition. Onfido has bought EYN, a startup that is taking a unique approach to liveness detection. In order to determine whether a genuine user is holding a given device during authentication, EYN’s solution emits both audible and ultrasonic wavelengths. In announcing the acquisition, Onfido compared EYN’s system to sonar technology:
And finally, some news from the nascent and accelerating biometric payment cards space. Fingerprint Cards announced that it had received an initial order for the latest version of its T-Shape sensor module, which was designed especially for integration into card form factors. FPC didn’t name the client in question; in any case, it’s another sign of the escalating activity as various players in biometric payment cards work their way toward the commercialization phase:
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