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
Last 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.
Fingerprint 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.
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.
Mobile Wallet Wars
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.
Government and Law Enforcement
The 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:
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