Last week at Mobile ID World we reported the latest news regarding biometric smartphones and tablets, encouraging headlines concerning standards and specifications, and big developments in connected living and IoT.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity:
Last week we reported on five smartphone integrations for Fingerprint Cards, while Synaptics made the news with the announcement that its own sensor is included on ASUS’ ZenFone AR. A new rumor about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 handset had us speculating on how biometrics will be featured on the device, and Fujitsu announced a new biometric system that could see palm vein authentication coming to tablets.
Beyond the smartphone news, fingerprints made headlines last week as NEXT Biometrics announced it expects to have its flexible sensors in mass production in Q2 of this year. Meanwhile, a Japanese researcher warned that fingerprints could be stolen from photos taken of subjects showing the peace sign with their hands.
Last week, as our sister site delved into the results of the 14th Annual FindBiometrics Year in Review, Deloitte predicted the continued rise of biometric technology. Samsung was looking to the future too, having rebranded its innovation center at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Last week we reported on a new technology called FirVox that aims to replace digital signatures with voiceprints. Sensory’s speech recognition technology made headlines too: its VoiceGenie solution stands to bring Amazon Alexa to Bluetooth headsets, and a new low-power voice activation technology (developed in collaboration with Vesper and DSP Group) can work for years without battery replacement.
IoT, Connectivity, Wearables
Ericsson and China Mobile announced an IoT-centric partnership last week as Gemalto announced it’s providing the eSIM technology for China’s first Internet Car. In the world of wearables, meanwhile, Samsung announced that its Gear devices are now compatible with Apple’s iOS.
Last week, NEC announced that it is one of five members of a consortium working to develop European smart city standards. Meanwhile, a new mobile specification from the MIPI Alliance, one regarding multiple sensor integrations on mobile devices, was revealed. And FIDO Alliance made the news too, stating that in 2016 it saw 200 percent growth in the number of FIDO Certified products.
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