Last week at Mobile ID World we prepared to go to Barcelona where will be reporting from this year’s Mobile World Congress. We featured interviews with key identity and biometrics companies attending the event, saw gigantic fingerprint biometrics announcements and got the low down on the most recent Apple controversy.
Here’s a look back on the week’s top stories in mobile digital identity:
Morpho at Mobile World Congress 2016
Morpho (Safran) is slated to have a major presence at MWC this week. Leading up to the event we published an interview with Yves Portalier, the vice president and general manager of the company’s Telecom Business Unit, and also got a look at the ambitious showing Morpho has planned for the Barcelona exhibition.
Mobility and the Iris
In that same vein, we also featured an interview with Delta ID’s CEO, Salil Prabhakar. The iris biometrics company has been very influential in the past year, having seen its technology integrated into two smartphones. Iris on smartphones is proving to have notable staying power too, as is indicated by a new poll aimed at consumers with eye-scanning handsets.
Fingerprints On The Go
In fingerprint news last week we saw Fingerprint Cards (FPC) launch its first under-glass biometric sensor, the FPC1268. Synaptics brought anti-spoofing to it’s SentryPoint security platform and Suprema launched BioSign—a mobile focused solution that supports the world’s smallest fingerprint sensor.
Precise Biometrics made fingerprint headlines too with a very positive year-end 2015 financial update.
In The Cards
Last week brought with it some major smart card developments. The Zwipe ID biometrics physical access control card was announced and, in Canada, Oberthur Technologies (OT) launched its dual interface and Motion Code EMV payment cards. FPC and Precise made the news in this regard too, entering into another licensing agreement that will see their respective technologies working together on the biometric smart cards of the future.
Mobile Wallets and FinTech
In the weekly mCommerce news we saw Apple Pay finally launching in China, a revamped PayPal app featuring fingerprint security, and Qualcomm Haven—an authentication system that is protecting Tencent’s WeChat payment platform.
MasterCard was also in the FinTech news last week, with two new innovations helping mitigate fraud.
Apple made gigantic headlines last week with its refusal to give the FBI access to the locked phone of the San Bernardino shooter on grounds of protecting user privacy and what Tim Cook called “the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country.”
W3C upheld standards last week too, albeit in a different manner. The consortium launched a web authentication project on Wednesday that’s based on FIDO Alliance specifications.
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