Last week at Mobile ID World each of the major mobile wallets made headlines while fingerprint biometrics made up the bulk of the headlines and we also talked IoT. Here’s a look back on the top mobile identity stories from last week.
Among the more massive news stories last week was the partnering between mobile commerce giants Samsung Pay and Alipay, which serves to potentially expand the acceptance of the former in China. In addition to that, Samsung Pay also launched a rewards card feature.
In Apple Pay news, the already flush mPayments platform further bolstered its support with more partnered financial institutions. Among its new supporters is Chime, an online bank that also enabled P2P payments support for its customers.
Android Pay had the fewest headlines of the big three mobile wallets last week, but still made a splash with its official launch in the UK.
The constant activity and building momentum in mobile commerce, especially payments, is causing disruption, and according to a new report from ACI Worldwide, many financial institutions don’t believe they are equipped to deal with it. Of course, the banks don’t have to face this challenge alone—last week, Morpho (now officially rebranded as Safran) detailed its efforts in helping banks adapt to the changing payments landscape.
Last week Motorola and Coolpad each launched new handsets featuring sensors from Fingerprint Cards (FPC). Meanwhile, AMREL’s Flexpedient AT80B Biometric Tablet received FBI certification.
A new patent filed by Apple shed more light on the long speculated biometric touchscreen rumored to be in development for future iPhones. Samsung’s S Note app was updated to support fingerprint security, BIO-key International made its USB fingerprint readers available through Amazon, and Precise Biometrics went on record with impressive Q1 2016 financial results.
Internet of Things, Wearable Tech
In the world of hyper-connectivity, EyeLock announced the opening of a new facility in Austin, Texas, that will help it on with Internet of things innovation. Nuance announced that its Mix NLU platform will support its Dragon TV solution, the Microsoft Band was updated for Summer, and Google revealed developments in its Smart Home and wearable tech at its annual developer conference.
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