Last week Mobile ID World was in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2017, reporting on digital identity and biometrics form the ground floor of the year’s biggest mobility industry conference and exhibition. Major 5G, IoT, and fingerprint biometrics news came out of MWC along with ID-ready mobile devices, as we brought you our usual brand of industry news coverage from around the globe.
Here is a look back on last week’s top news stories from Barcelona and beyond:
Live From MWC 2017 in Barcelona
Biometrics, authentication, and identity technology were bigger than ever at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The hosting organization, GSMA, used the conference as a platform to lay a foundational vision for the next generation of connectivity, and in an interview with Mobile ID World, GSMA’s David Pollington gave insight into why authentication is such a key part of the 5G network evolution. The following links will bring you to the audio of that full interview and also give you a breakdown of the conference, complete with pictures from the exhibition floor.
A prominent part of Mobile World Congress is its Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards. For the second year in a row our own managing editor Peter Counter was one of the judges for what Samsung SDS calls “the Oscars of IT.” Samsung, of course was among the winners at this years’ GLOMO awards. Take a look at our coverage below:
MWC served as a stage for some big innovations in fingerprint biometrics. Fingerprint Cards announced FPC SenseTouch, a solution that brings pressure sensitivity to the company’s offerings, while Goodix launched the world’s first in-display fingerprint sensor. Egis Tech, meanwhile launched its own under-glass sensor, and outside of the conference we reported on yet another patent granted to Apple describing next generation touchscreen fingerprint biometrics tech.
MWC also served as a launchpad for a huge number of mobile devices, most of which nowadays tend to include fingerprint biometrics as a standard feature. Huawei started the week off by launching a smartphone featuring an under-glass sensor. BlackBerry launched a handset too, sporting the first ever in-keyboard fingerprint sensor deployment courtesy of FPC. Check out last week’s mobile fingerprint news for more details:
Staying true to the many fingerprint trends of 2016 that have continued into this year, MWC had its share of biometric smart cards on display, including Oberthur’s F-Code, which replaces PINs with fingerprint authentication. Last week we also reported on a new partnership between IDEX and Card Tech, which will help the former achieve its stated goals in the smart card market.
Microsoft’s Windows Hello biometric authentication platform was powering the security of some high profile notebooks and 2-in-1 devices launched last week. Samsung, Porsche Design and Lenovo all launched products protected by Windows Hello in Barcelona last week:
It wasn’t all just fingerprints last week. At MWC we had face and iris biometrics news from Qualcomm and EyeLock. Meanwhile, we reported on new LED technology made to optimize those same contactless modalities on handsets, and Sensory’s handsfree voice command technology made headlines in the areas of device wake-up and AI interfacing.
The Next Step in Connectivity
As stated above, 5G connectivity was a major topic last week at MWC. The following news stories will provide you with insight into how the conversation has evolved regarding smart cities, connected cars, and bringing wireless services to the under served in frontier markets.
This year mobile commerce may not have benefited from the massive presence it enjoyed at the previous MWC 2016, but it did make headlines. Mastercard partnered with Oracle with an aim to expand digital payments in the realms of retail and hospitality, and GSMA published a report on the state of the mobile money industry. Outside the conference, we saw Samsung Pay India launch in early access, while South African satellite TV subscribers were given the option to pay bills via Masterpass and more.
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