Last week at Mobile ID World payments, artificial intelligence, and authentication specifications made the biggest headlines, while IoT, facial recognition, and behavioral biometrics rounded out the industry news.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity:
NEXT Biometrics announced a new semiconductor client last week, in addition to revealing that its technology is featured in an innovative smart suitcase solution. IDEX announced its Q1 fiscal results last week, and CEO Dr. Hemant Mardia reported a strong interest in the company’s biometric smart card tech from a range of customers.
Alipay is on its way to the US, we reported last week, as rumors surfaced that facial recognition might be in the pipeline for Android Pay. A new report shed light on the incredible growth we are going to see in biometrically approved mobile payments this year, and Safran Identity & Security announced the conclusion of a three-month pilot project testing wristband-based payments at Columbus School.
Internet of Things
Gemalto announced its itinerary for Internet of Things World 2017 while we reported on the latest partnership between Microsoft and Intel, with the latter announcing its support for the former’s Windows 10 IoT Core platform.
The AI assistant wars continued to brew last week, with Microsoft taking a page from its rival’s playbooks and opening up its Cortana platform to third party developers, a move that stands to greatly expand the software’s breadth of use. In the meantime, two new IoT devices served as examples of how similar open-source strategies have benefited Amazon’s Alexa AI.
BioCatch announced it has won the 2017 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation. IBM, meanwhile, integrated behavioral biometrics from SecuredTouch into its MobileFirst Foundation platform.
Jumio announced its plans for this week’s K(NO)W Conference, from which we will be reporting live this week. Meanwhile, speculation around the iPhone 8’s facial recognition capabilities got serious, with reports that LG Innotek is supplying the face biometrics for Apple’s next big smartphone.
Big Idea ID
The FIDO Alliance made big moves in India last week with the announcement of a partnership with the Data Security Council of India and its subsequent launch of the FIDO India Working Group. Meanwhile, we took a look at how Mobile Connect Canada stands to enhance online ID for the country’s citizens who, unlike the billion-plus Indian Aadhaar registrants, do not benefit from a digital national ID database.
Enterprise, Industrial, Financial
Experian furthered its commitment to biometric security last week with the announcement that it will be integrating Daon’s IdnetityX technology into its own CrossCore platform. Meanwhile, we examined the industrial applications of the Nymi Band biometric wearable, and WidePoint acquired the Probaris ID software suite, bringing biometric capabilities into the IT services provider’s portfolio.
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