Mobile Identity Industry News Roundup: The Road To MWC 2015

Smartphone 1This week at Mobile ID World eyes started to turn to Barcelona where Mobile World Congress will be held next week ,March 2 through 5. We also reported on a bunch of FIDO Alliance centered news, saw some interesting numbers regarding Apple Pay and found reason to be hopeful regarding smartphone battery life.

Here are the top mobile identity news items from the past week:

The Road To Mobile World Congress

With Mobile World Congress next week we started to see preparations from some of the identity focused companies that will be in attendance over the past few days. Cypress joined the FIDO Alliance, the new HTC mobile device had its specs leaked online and we learned what to expect from AGNITiO and ElevenPaths, who will be exhibiting at MWC.

Mobile ID World president Peter O’Neill will be in attendance of this year’s Barcelona event, so be sure to stay posted next week as we bring you from-the-floor coverage.

Cypress Joins FIDO Alliance Just in Time for MWC

ElevenPaths to Showcase Authentication, eSignature Solutions at MWC

New HTC Device’s Details Leaked Ahead of MWC

AGNITiO to Present at MWC ShowStoppers Event

Mobile Commerce

This week in mobile commerce news we heard about how popular Apple Pay is among JP Morgan Chase customers, Visa’s token security initiatives in Europe, and how Touch ID fits into the plans of a Nigerian bank.

We also reported on a facial recognition solution that enables mCommerce and a bank that adopted the newest secure solution from ValidSoft. Here is how mCommerce fit into the news this past week:

Sionic Mobile Apps Get Biometric Security from AuthenticID

Over a Million JP Morgan Chase Customers Use Apple Pay

Nigerian Bank Uses Touch ID for Mobile App Sign-In

Major UK Bank Adopts ValidSoft’s Device Trust Solution

Visa Europe Implements Token Security


NEXT Biometrics was in the news this week with reports coming in regarding the company’s Q4 results as well as additional business from a satisfied tier 1 customer. IDEX ASA also issued a market update this week while Synaptics introduced its newest fingerprint sensor. Precise Biometrics rounded out the fingerprint news this week, also with operations news – the company’s nomination committee re-elected the Precise Biometrics leadership.

AirWatch 8 Allows TouchID Security

NEXT Biometrics Finds Cause for Optimism Amid Losses

IDEX Repositions for Global Market

Major NEXT Customer Comes Back for More

Synaptics Unveils “Ultra-Slim” Slide Fingerprint Sensor

Nomination Committee Re-Elects Precise Biometrics Leadership


This week we learned why consumers can expect to benefit from dramatically increased battery life on future mobile devices just as reports came in that India’s smartphone market is cooling down. Meanwhile in Pakistan, biometric registration of cell phones continued in the wake of a tragic Taliban attack.

Smartphone Battery Life Could be Extended Dramatically with New Technologies

India Smartphone Market Cools, But Future Opportunities Loom

Biometric Registry for Cell Phone Users Continues in Pakistan

Voice, Behavior, Privacy

Finally, while our sister site FindBiometrics brought Voice Month to an end, we kept the handsfree modality in the news here too. AGNITiO partnered with Nok Nok Labs with the goal of creating a FIDO Ready authentication technology while controversy still stirred around Samsung’s smart TV that can listen to conversations.

Looking to news on other modalities, the FIDO Alliance announced its newest member this week as myPINpad joined the fight for strong online authentication. Behavioral biometrics made the newswire this week too with BioCatch announcing that it has been granted a new patent for its invisible authentication tech.

Here is how voice, FIDO and behavior all fit in the news this week:

AGNITiO and Nok Nok Labs Partner to Deliver FIDO Ready Mobile Tech

BioCatch Wins Patent for Behavioural Biometrics Authentication System

FTC to Investigate Samsung Smart TV Privacy Issues

myPINpad Joins FIDO Alliance


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