Mobile IDs take center stage in this week’s roundup of top stories on Mobile ID World. We also take a closer look at vaccine passports and the prospect of biometric ignitions in next-generation vehicles.
Our first story bridges the gap between physical and digital identity cards. In that regard, the Austrian government has released a new physical ID card with a slew of modern security features, such as a chip that stores biometric data. The most novel feature, however, is the companion mobile app that anyone can use to verify the authenticity of the new ID cards with a simple smartphone scan. The app is designed to mitigate forgery and other forms of fraud.
Our next story concerns a more comprehensive mobile ID solution, with the government of Estonia opening up a search for a new mobile ID provider. The country’s current Mobile-ID system has been in place for the past ten years, but the technology is now outdated and Estonia is hoping to replace it with a modern system with less restrictive SIM requirements.
We hit the road in our third story, which comes courtesy of Toyota. The car manufacturer has revealed that its upcoming 2022 Land Cruiser will be equipped with a fingerprint sensor. The sensor will be placed in the car’s ignition button, and will enable biometric authentication when starting the car and for other on-road applications.
From there, we head back to the world of mobile IDs, albeit with a more narrow (and more academic) focus. Auburn University has partnered with CBORD and Allegion to provide students with student ID cards that can be stored on Android and iOS smartphones.
Finally, Android users in Australia will now be able to store a digital vaccination certificate in the mobile wallet that they use for Google Pay. Citizens can access their vaccine record through the MyGov system, and then save it to their phone to use it as proof of status while out and about.
Keep reading Mobile ID World to hear more about the latest developments in digital identity. You can also visit our sibling site FindBiometrics for breaking news from the exciting world of biometrics.