News Roundup: All About Biometric Wearables

Last week at Mobile ID World we saw biometric wearables make headlines while FinTech and fingerprints made up the bulk of the news. We saw two factor authentication, speech recognition, and iris-based access control as we eagerly awaited Apple’s Monday event where it is expected to launch a new iPhone model.

Here’s a look back on last week’s top news in mobile digital identity.

Biometric Wearables

News Roundup: All About Biometric WearablesLast week we spoke with Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, president of Valencell, and got an inside look at the world of vital sign biometrics and wearable tech. FitBit and Amazon, meanwhile, teamed up to bring a voice controlled coaching assistant to the fitness wristband, and we heard from Nymi, the ECG authentication wearable company, regarding its latest enterprise integration.

6 Things You Need To Know About Biometric Wearables, From Our Conversation with Valencell

IAMs Integration Helps Build Case for Nymi Band Authentication

Amazon’s Alexa Takes on the Role of Fitbit Coach

Security and Mobility

News Roundup: All About Biometric WearablesIn biometric security last week we saw VASCO demonstrating its DIGIPASS mobile security platform – which will soon feature a face recognition component – at the CeBIT conference. Meanwhile, ahead of April’s ISC West conference, SRI Identity announced it’s latest physical access control solution: the IOM (Identity on the Move) Access Control Tablet.

CeBIT: VASCO Shows Off Mobile Security Platform

SRI Identity Announces IOM Access Control Tablet


News Roundup: All About Biometric WearablesSpeaking of April conferences, our sister site FindBiometrics will be in Copenhagen from the 4th to the 7th, attending Money20/20 Europe. Last week we got our first look at the panel FindBiometrics is hosting that week. In other FinTech identity news we saw Apple Pay score even more support from card issuers in the US while Samsung was offering gift cards to new Samsung Pay users. mCommerce is slated to have a big presence at the upcoming TRANSACT event, organized by the Electronic Transactions Association, and it looks like Amazon making its claim on a slice of the mobile payments market, looking into its own selfie-authentication technology.

Money20/20 Europe To Feature Biometric FinTech Panel

Apple Pay Support Grows in US and China

Ally Bank Embraces mPayments

mPayments, Biometrics to Take Center Stage at TRANSACT

Amazon Joins mPayment Selfie Authentication Race

Samsung Offers $30 Gift Cards to New mPayment Users

What’s Next for Mobile Biometrics

News Roundup: All About Biometric WearablesLast week our sister site FindBiometrics held its exclusive webinar event, Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones, IoT. If you missed the live webcast, the event can be viewed on YouTube by following the link below. ImageWare Systems, one of the participants in the webinar, announced its Q4 and year-end 2015 fiscal results last week too, while BIO-key participated in a FIDO panel, demystifying biometric processes.

Mobile Biometrics Experts Discuss Future of Industry

BIO-key and FIDO Demystify Biometrics on Panel

Whats Next For Mobile Biometrics?

ImageWare Announces Q4, 2015 Results


News Roundup: All About Biometric WearablesMicrosoft made waves last week with the launch of Touch ID support on its Outlook app. Nok Nok Labs upgraded its S3 Authentication Suite to support Android based fingerprint scanning, Integrated Biometrics revealed a portable 10-print scanner, and we saw that UAE citizens are being required to register their fingerprints with Etisalat, the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation.

Microsoft Outlook Gets Touch ID Biometric Security

Upgraded S3 Authentication Suite Enables Android Fingerprint Scanning

Mobile Users In United Arab Emirates Required to Provide Fingerprints

Integrated Biometrics Unveils Kojak 10-Print Scanner


News Roundup: All About Biometric WearablesIn handset news, Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced that its biometric tech has been integrated into the latest smartphone models from Oppo. In the meantime we prepared for today’s Apple event, where it is strongly rumored that the Cupertino company will be launching the iPhone SE – a smaller version iPhone.

Latest Oppo Phones Feature FPC Sensors

Apple Expected to Launch Smaller, More Affordable iPhone Next Week

Voice and Speech

In voice tech last week we saw Google researchers make innovations in offline Android speech recognition, and TalkTalk launched voice authentication powered by Nuance Communications. Sensory made news too, having its TrulyHandsfree speech recognition tech integrated into Intel system-on-chip products.

TrulyHandsfree Integrated into Intel SoC Offerings

UK Telecom Launches Customer Voice Recognition with Nuance Tech

Android Speech Recognition Operates Offline and ‘Faster Than Real-Time’

Two Factor

News Roundup: All About Biometric WearablesTwo factor authentication made the industry news too. The LastPass password management app enabled two factor authentication, leveraging time-based one-time password (TOTP) technology. We also saw two factor authentication enabled by OnApp, which now supports the FIDO certified YubiKey.

LastPass Enables 2FA Security Via TOTP

YubiKey U2F Security Storms OnApp Clouds


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