Last week at Mobile ID World we saw fingerprints continue to proliferate the mobile device market via a steady stream of sensor integrations while mobile payments, strong authentication standards, and 5G connectivity rounded out the headlines.
Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity.
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced that its fingerprint biometrics tech has been included on three recently launched smartphones—two from Huawei and another from 360. We also received confirmations on some of the rumors swirling around the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note7 which is said (but still not yet confirmed) to feature iris scanning capabilities.
Samsung Pay is coming to Brazil tomorrow, continuing its spread around the world. Last week we reported on the end to that mobile wallet’s rivalry with Shinsegae in Korea, while learning that its users are more happy, if fewer in number, than those of Apple Pay. Mastercard announced an expansion to its Masterpass solution, and a new case study from Ericsson gave us a look at the growth of mobile money in Uganda.
The FIDO Alliance teamed up with EMVCo last week with an aim to bring strong authentication to chip cards. Meanwhile, Alliance member Daon announced that it is offering a free FIDO Quick Start trial. Daon’s solutions power the biometric authentication capabilities of the USAA banking app, which just last week added new accessibility options for visually impaired users.
As Internet of Things continues to grow and promise world-changing potential, we are seeing more and more news regarding innovation in connectivity. Last week the FCC voted to open up the 5G spectrum. Orange began to offer Samsung Gear S2 smartwatches in France that feature embedded eSIM tech, allowing them to connect to the Internet without a tethered phone, and it looks like OpenT2T (Open Translators to Things) is positioning Windows as a potentially major player in IoT apps
HID Global offered an update on its predicted trends for 2016, highlighting the demand for mobile security, the importance of user experience, and key issues in privacy and security. Meanwhile, Visa Europe offered insight into the biometric preferences of European customers with the results of a new survey, and AT&T followed the popular trend of integrating biometrics, adding Touch ID login to it mobile app.
NEC Corporation announced a virtual keyboard for smartglasses that uses augmented reality to project an interface on a user’s arm. In other wearable news, we got a look at the electronic tattoo last week, which is worn on a user’s face and has applications in medicine and marketing.
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