Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Specifications, Access Control and the Internet of Things

Internet of Things, Smart Tech, Connectivity, Mobile EcosystemThis past week at Mobile ID World we saw major news in the fight against passwords, wearable tech and Internet of Things speculation as well as some dramatic news in the world of Apple.

Here’s a look at the top industry news stories from this week:

Specifications

The FIDO Alliance was proclaiming the death of the password this week, having officially published the final 1.0 drafts of both its UAF and U2F specifications. Founding Alliance member Nok Nok Labs spoke in support of the specifications, also announcing this week that it has closed a series C round of investments that saw the company raise $8.25 million.

FIDO Publishes Final 1.0 Specification Drafts, Kills Passwords

Nok Nok Labs Offers Full Support for FIDO 1.0 Standards

Nok Nok Labs Meets Investors’ High Standards

Access Control

This week in the realm of logical access control we took a look at a new app that allows clinicians and doctors to use Touch ID biometrics in order to access electronic medical records. Meanwhile, Synaptics announced that it will be integrating its fingerprint scanning technology into notebook computers and Sticky Password went on the record in support of biometric authentication.

Sticky Password Sees Security Advantages Offered by Mobile Biometrics

Notebook PCs Integrate Synaptics Fingerprint Scanners

New App Gives Doctors Access to Medical Records via Mobile Device

Apple

This week Apple made the news in a few surprising ways. Paul Shim Devine, a former supply manager for Apple, was sentenced to a year in prison for feeding sensitive information regarding forthcoming Apple products to a Asian components suppliers, who in turn paid him for the info and relayed it to competing companies. Before the dust settled on that story, news surfaced that Apple is under investigation in Canada over allegations that the company was using anti-competitive contracts with the country’s wireless carriers.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Apple though, this week we also reported that he company has taken another step closer to partnership with Alibaba.

Canadian Authorities Politely Investigate Apple Over Allegations of Anti-Competitive Practices

Apple, Alibaba Take Another Step Towards Partnership

Former Apple Exec Gets Prison Time for Kickbacks Scheme

Wearables and Things

The Internet of Things and wearable technology are poised to become major fixtures in the news next year judging by the increased interest we’ve seen in those areas these past few months. This week a new patent filed by Google had the industry asking whether Google Glass will going biometric in 2015, while Valencell published encouraging numbers regarding the licensing of its wearable biometric tech.

And it wouldn’t be a week in mobile ID without mention of the burgeoning Internet of Things. This week Sansa Security released its 2015 predictions in which it forecasts an increased demand for biometric security in the realm of the second generation of IoT.

Is Biometric Security Coming to Google Glass?

Wearable Biometrics Developer Saw 300 Percent Increase in Licensing Partnerships This Year

Consensus Grows on Need for Biometric Security in Internet of Things

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