This week at Mobile ID World we began our month long examination of the BYOD movement and how biometrics can bring efficiency to the workplace. Meanwhile in the industry news section Apple entered some new territory, Android devices had their own share of complex developments, we saw some exciting new and innovative solutions, and healthcare took up a big share of the spotlight.
Here are the top mobile identity management news stories of the week.
Apple’s New Territory
As sightings of the Apple Watch began to surface around the Internet, thanks to the wearable’s pre-release testing in Cupertino, some interesting features were speculated for the iPhone company. Not only did we discover that an iOS upgrade is on its way, but new patent applications painted a picture of a future iPhone that has fingerprint sensors in its touch screen. Interestingly, what might come as even more shocking is news that Apple is currently developing a music streaming service that will be available on competing mobile platform, Android.
The Android Contingent
Speaking of Android, the Google made OS was in the news as well this week, along with the devices the require it to run. We learned that Samsung dominated the Indian smartphone market last quarter, according to the country’s Economic Times. The Korean electronics manufacturer also entered a partnership this week with Good Technology aimed at accelerating secure mobile connectivity in enterprises and government agencies.
Motorola made the news this week too, entering the smartphone race after recently being acquired by Lenovo, adding another company to the legions of Android device makers. The open nature of Android was revealed to be an obstacle this week however, with new research underlining the OS’s diverse ecosystem as a major challenge in developing a viable mobile payment solution.
Mobile Health and Safety
Healthcare was in the news this week with optimistic report, a major donation to an education and outreach program, and a celebratory white paper regarding electronic health records. We also took a look at how wearable tech is being used to help in the treatment and diagnosis of traumatic brain injuriy in the military, law enforcement and even professional sports.
The New and the Novel
The first week of February was filled with innovations in connectivity and identity. From a biometric book that uses facial recognition for access to its pages, to new patents awarded to Valencell, to reports on the role biometrics are playing the the next generation of televisions, the mobile ID arena is still able to surprise in terms of what’s next.
Notably, this week also had us reporting on a new consumer technology that might just realize the weighty achievement of encouraging mainstream adoption of the Internet of Things.
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