News Roundup: The Biometric Tattoo

Last week at Mobile ID World we saw the mobile wallet wars continue into a holiday season that promises to see more mCommerce than ever before. More fingerprint smartphone integrations made the news, while wearables and vertical applications rounded out the headlines.

Here is a look back on the week that was in mobile identity management:

Wearables and IoT

wearable tech featureLast week we reported on how PayPal is enabling wearable payments at event venues with RFID bracelets, while Valencell announced that it has been approved for 12 new patents. Wearable tech is shaping up to be the big highlight of the upcoming CES conference and exhibition, according to a new report from LiDT, and with all the innovation we’ve been seeing that should be no gigantic surprise—last week we even saw the unveiling of a biometric temporary tattoo.

PayPal Demos RFID Payment Bracelets

Wearable Tech to Be Highlight of CES 2016: LiDT

Biometric Tattoos Offer Range of Applications

12 New Patents Bring Valencell IT Portfolio to 29

Ericsson, Orange Trial Efficient, Long-Range Cellular Tech for IoT


Fingerprint Question markFingerprint sensors continued to proliferate the smartphone authentication market with Fingerprint Cards announcing multiple handset integrations. Precise Biometrics made the news for the same reason, since its software powers FPC sensors, and we caught a glimpse into the growing capacitive fingerprint sensor market with a new report from System Plus Consulting.

Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor Market Growing Rapidly

Huawei Continues FPC Integrations with Mate 8 Sensor

FPC to Announce 2016 Revenue Guidance on Dec. 9

New Xiaomi Smartphone’s Sensor Uses Precise Biometrics Algorithms

Coolpad Sticks With FPC for New ivvi Smartphone Sensor

Face and Voice

face and voice

Last week Apple acquired Faceshift, the company responsible for the facial recognition technology used for special effects in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. In authentication, we saw facial recognition teaming up with its fellow contactless modality, voice biometrics, in a new multi-factor authentication system from SK.

Apple Acquires Star Wars Tech

SK Announces Multimodal Mobile Authentication System

Mobile Wallet Wars

Mobile payments, online banking.The mobile wallet wars continued last week as the holiday shopping season kicked off with Black Friday. We saw Samsung Pay and Android Pay both embrace the spirit of giving in order to win over new users, while MasterCard and Apple Pay offered free TfL fare to London commuters. Meanwhile, Samsung Pay also bolstered its ranks with a slew of new card issuers on board. Looking ahead, it appears Apple Pay might end up in China come February, according to industry rumblings.

Australian Official Suggest Banks’ Apple Pay Opposition is Anti-Competitive

MasterCard Helps Apple Pay Smooth Things Over with TfL Commuters

Charitable Promotion Could Boost Android Pay and Special Needs Education

February Might See China Launch of Apple Pay

New Samsung Pay Users Get Gift Cards in Time for the Holidays

New Samsung Pay Supporters Include Chase, SunTrust

Government and Law Enforcement

Law-printsThe mobile identity news turned vertical last week, with reports on the increased use of biometrics by the San Diego police, the promise of mobile drivers licenses in Australia, and a look into how Gemalto’s mobile solutions helped facilitate the recent Guinea presidential election. Here is a look at how mobile identity intersected with government and law enforcement markets:

San Diego Police Use Mobile Facial Recognition in the Field

New South Wales to Introduce Mobile Licenses in 2016

Gemalto’s Mobile Biometrics Modernized Guinea Elections


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