This week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories offers a smorgasbord of topics, from Optical Character Recognition tech to biometric payment cards to vaccination passports.
Let’s start with the OCR tech. Smart Engines got a lot of attention this week with its announcement that it had upgraded its OCR solution to extract information from modern payment cards. The Smart Code Engine can read things like the name on the card, the card number, the EU IBAN, and so on, and can automatically fill that information into digital forms during online payments:
BlackBerry, meanwhile, got some attention with a platform upgrade of its own. The company has announced an updated version of its BlackBerry Guard subscription service that introduces a behavioral biometrics feature to help detect mobile threats, among other new features. BlackBerry Guard 2.0 is anticipated to launch sometime this quarter:
Speaking of Canadian companies, some big M&A news came from the country recently. Interac Corp. announced its acquisition of SecureKey, a prominent provider of digital ID solutions in the market, and in Canada’s government sector in particular. SecureKey’s Verified.Me and Verified.Me Government Sign-In solutions are widely used by Canadians to access government e-services:
Moving south to Los Angeles, some COVID-related news: the GSMA revealed plans to use CLEAR’s Health Pass for health screening at the city’s upcoming Mobile World Congress event. MWC Los Angeles attendees will be able to use Health Pass to confirm their vaccination and immunity credentials in order to gain entry to MWC venues:
And finally, Mobile ID World readers showed strong interest in a wide-ranging new report on the fingerprint sensor market. This particular forecast anticipates that the market will rise from $3.5 billion tis year to $5.8 billion in 2026, fueled in part by growing demand for fingerprint sensor tech in the areas of Internet of Things devices, time and attendance tracking systems, biometric payment cards, and mobile devices, with in-display sensor technology expected to be a big trend in the latter area in particular:
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