Last week at Mobile ID World, national ID and border control made the news while we reported on biometric SIM tech, a fingerprint sensor launch, second factor authentication, and the new Microsoft Wallet.
Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile identity management:
Mobile World Congress
This week Mobile ID World President Peter O’Neill is in China for Mobile World Congress Shanghai. O’Neill is moderating two sessions at Asia’s biggest mobility industry event. Last week we took a look at what the event has in store, while GSMA announced another entry in its series of mobile events, MWC Americas.
National ID and Border Control
Last week we took a look at UNHCR’s mobile app and new biometric ID card while reporting on Encap’s role in Norway’s upcoming mobile first digital ID program. Our sister site, FindBiometrics, also hosted its latest expert webinar, Biometrics and the New Era of National Security and Border Control, which touched on the role of mobility in biometric border security.
Google is making good on its efforts to eliminate passwords this year by putting its 2-step verification into the hand of end users. GitLab became a two-factor champion too, last week announcing support for the FIDO Certified YubiKey U2F device.
In mobile payments last week we saw Samsung celebrating its recent run of regional launches while, along with Android Pay, gaining support from Ally Bank. HotelTonight expanded its Apple Pay functionality last week too, and the mobile wallet wars got a little bit more crowded with the launch of Microsoft Wallet.
Vitals and Wearables
Last week we reported on a partnership between Validic and Omnicom aimed at offering apps, biometric services and wearables to customers seeking connected health solutions. A new study shed light on the importance of accurate biometric readings when it comes to consumer wearable tech. As it turns out, accurate vital readings are a big priority for wearable tech users.
Speech recognition made the news last week, with our report of Lenovo’s voice-wakeup functionality on its new smartphones, while Sensory launched a new SDK for its TrulyHandsfree speech recognition platform.
Last week we reported on Zwipe’s new Zwipe Access 2.0 biometric smart card while Australian authorities considered the implementation of biometric ignition locks in order to curb roadway fatalities. Fingerprint Cards made the news too, with an integration on a new LG handset, and also the launch of a brand new touch sensor.
As connectivity and the Internet of Things become increasingly prominent concerns in cyber security, we are starting to see innovation in the SIM card space. Last week we reported that LG U+ is developing a biometric SIM card while Safran’s Hanno Dietrich was honored with SmartCard Workshop Prize 2016 for his role in developing SIM card technology.
Expanding In The Industry
Speaking of Safran, the company announced its new Costa Rica office last week. It’s not the only industry entity expanding in this favorable time for identity tech; IBIA announced four new members recently, and last week we took a look at the latest companies to join the industry organization.
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