News Roundup: Contactless Biometrics, Wearable Payments

Last week at Mobile ID World contactless biometrics, mobile wallets, and behavior analysis made headlines while we reported on major news concerning strong authentication specifications and wearable payments. Here’s a look back on last week’s top mobile identity management stories:

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Wrapping Up 2016

News Roundup: Contactless Biometrics, Wearable PaymentsDecember is here and as such we are looking back on the year in mobile ID and glancing ahead to what 2017 has in store for the digital identity industry. Our sister site FindBiometrics has opened up its 2016 Year in Review Survey, an annual tradition now in its 14th year, and the EFF is using the holidays as a platform to encourage two-factor security. Last week, Fingerprint Cards celebrated its accomplishments for the year, finding itself named at the top of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA program. FPC also looked ahead to the new year, issuing its 2017 revenue guidance at its Capital Markets Day.

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FPC Ranks First in Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA Program

EFF Celebrates ‘The 12 Days of 2FA’

FPC Sets Revenue Guidance For 2017 at Capital Markets Day


News Roundup: Contactless Biometrics, Wearable PaymentsThe FIDO Alliance made headlines last week, launching its new Japan Working Group and announcing the 1.1 version of its eponymous specifications. Meanwhile, a new report from Google lent credence to the efficacy of the kind of two-step verification solutions championed by the Alliance.

FIDO 1.1 Specifications Add Support For Smart Cards and More

FIDO Launches Japan Working Group

Two-Year Google Study Validates 2SV Security Keys

Wearable Payments

News Roundup: Contactless Biometrics, Wearable PaymentsWearable payment technology was back in the news last week, with Samsung offering insight into the mobile wallet capabilities of the Gear S3 smartwatch. Meanwhile, Oberthur Technologies announced that it is providing embedded secure element and EMV technology for CURL, a payment wearable from Inamo.

Samsung Details Hard Work of Samsung Pay’s Ease of Use on Gear S3

OT to Provide eSE, EMV Tech for Inamo’s Payment Wearable

Apple Pay

News Roundup: Contactless Biometrics, Wearable PaymentsNew developments surfaced in the ongoing battle between Australian banks and Apple Pay, last week. Despite friction Downunder, the mobile wallet’s profile continues to rise. Last week we saw it gain debit support from Square, while Xero added Apple Pay as a payment option for its digital invoices.

Apple Pay Enjoys Rising Profile at Code Commerce Conference

Xero Adds Apple Pay to Online Invoicing Equation

Banks Can’t Form Cartel to Compete Against Apple Pay: ACCC

Behavioral Biometrics

News Roundup: Contactless Biometrics, Wearable PaymentsBioCatch had us talking behavioral biometrics last week, announcing that it now has over 40 granted and pending patents, and also offering its technology as a potential solution to the Gooligan malware threat.

BioCatch Now Has Over 40 Granted and Pending Patents

Behavioral Biometrics Can Address New Malware Threat

Contactless ID

News Roundup: Contactless Biometrics, Wearable PaymentsContactless biometrics were in the headlines last week, with VocalZoom announcing its newly patented VoiceMatch-In-Sensor technology. Korea Telecom added voice biometrics to its mobile platform, face biometrics were added to the Blippar augmented reality app, and an iris scanning smartphone was approved for Aadhaar, India’s national ID program.

VocalZoom Announces VoiceMatch-In-Sensor

Voice Recognition Added To Korea Telecom’s Mobile App

Augmented Reality App Can Identify Faces, Link to Social Media Profiles

Iris Scanning Smartphone Is Compatible With Aadhaar

Multimodal Mobile Biometrics

News Roundup: Contactless Biometrics, Wearable PaymentsGemalto announced that it is going to acquire 3M’s identity management business, which serves a number of vertical markets with fingerprint, face, and iris biometrics solutions. Meanwhile, the Citi mobile app got a multimodal biometric upgrade, we reported last week. Citi users can now authenticate on mobile using fingerprint, voice, or face biometrics.

Gemalto To Buy 3M’s Identity Management Business

Citi Mobile App Gets Enhanced Biometric Security


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