This week at Mobile ID World we saw continued interest in the machine to machine network better known as the Internet of Things while newly released biometric software began to herald a new era of consumer facing authentication solutions just in time for those embarrassed by their contribution to 2014’s most commonly used passwords (which were all, once again, terrible).
Here is what the week was like in mobile identity management.
The Post Password Paradigm
This week the annual list of the most commonly used passwords was released by SplashData, underlining once again that a strong authentication alternative is needed. Thankfully, Sensory released the multi-factor AppLock software that can replace passwords with face and voice biometrics.
New research from Visa Europe gave identity management companies reason to stay hip, revealing that young Brits vastly prefer biometric authentication to passwords.
Here are this week’s top stories about bringing biometrics to mobile.
This week Deloitte named in-store eCommerce the top tech trend of 2015 while we report on a new app from USAA that combines facial recognition with NFC technology to allow for exactly that. Mobile commerce was (according to the experts polled in the FindBiometrics Year in Review 2014) the hottest space in identity management last year and the way things are turning out so far in 2015, that’s not likely to change.
Apple and Samsung
Apple and Samsung were both in the news this week with speculation, patents, advice and direct competition. As we approach this year’s Mobile World Congress, it should be no surprise that rumors are beginning to sprout up around Samsung in anticipation of its next flagship smartphone. Apple, meanwhile, made surprising moves on Samsung’s home turf, reportedly snatching up a significant portion of the South Korean mobile market share.
The Other Internet
While mCommerce still reigns supreme in terms of being the hottest space in mobile ID right now, the Internet of Things is certainly heating up like never before. In terms of authentication and identity management, IoT presents a major opportunity, as it has recently and repeatedly been identified as a potentially huge vulnerability in terms of cyber security. This week we got to peek at how the Internet of Things discussion seems to be forming in 2015, particularly through how it’s being presented at major industry events.
Playing it Safe
Mobility, fingerprints and public safety were topics of discussion this week with NEC Corporation of America launching its new NeoScan 45 mobile fingerprint collection device. FBI certified, the new device is tailored for law enforcement, border control and other public safety applications. Meanwhile, Credence ID’s Trident mobile biometric reader has been deployed in Indonesia to aid in quickly identifying victims of the recent AirAsia disaster.
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