Mobility Brings Consumers to Biometrics, FIDO Brings Products to MWC and Connected Cars Bring Wearable Tech To You – Mobile ID World Industry News Roundup: Feb 3-7

Last week began with the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance welcoming a new member and closed with the authentication standard consortium announcing its substantial schedule for this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, happening later this month. VoiceVault, a provider of proprietary voice recognition biometric technology that measures the unique characteristics of a user’s voice when they are prompted to offer five seconds of speech from parts of the ten second enrollment speech, is the newest FIDO initiate, ready to share and collaborate for post-password technology that is both more secure and easier to use.

FIDO is equal opportunity in nature, striving for open specifications for strong online authentication. As explained in the December webinar The Password is Dead!, the idea is to provide users with relief from the high demands of current generation online security while also reducing the risk of fraud, making strong authentication ideal for relying parties. This said, the FIDO Ready voice biometrics solutions from AGNITiO have been receiving a lot of press from the alliance, most like likely because they keep winning awards whenever they make appearances at expos and conventions.

This is reflected in FIDO’s recently announced MWC 2014 lineup, which while promising two panel events and demonstrations of an SD card that can transform almost any mobile device, PC or laptop into a FIDO Ready machine, will also see AGNITiO demonstrating its popular Voice iD solutions.

The successes that FIDO has seen throughout its first year have been indicative of the increasing popularity of biometrics. There is no denying that Apple, though not an Alliance member, has played a heavy role in this with its iPhone 5S. In fact, according to Goode Intelligence, mobility as a whole is heralding in the era of consumer biometrics. With specific focus on the next iteration of fingerprint authentication called “invisible touch” – which has sensors embedded in or under a mobile’s screen – Goode explained that mobility has captured the minds of the consuming public. By the end of 2019, according to the firm, 619 million users will have adopted biometrics.

Cars will also be playing a role in consumer adoption as the M2M movement continues to take hold of the automotive industry. ABI research has stated in a recent study that thanks to the convergence of cars and the Internet of Things, which has resulted in the “connected car,” drivers will be adopting wearable technology at an accelerating rate. This is great news for drivers, who studies have shown already love their cars enough to grow emotionally attached, as technology allows them to become even closer to their significant automobiles. It is also encouraging for mobile biometrics innovators, as connected car technology increases the demand for handsfree interfacing, strong authentication access control and even mCommerce via car seat.