Last week at Mobile ID World, face biometrics took center stage as we continued to count down the days to the upcoming live webinar event, From Revolution to Evolution: The New Mobile Biometrics Landscape. Mobile wallets made their share of headlines too, while our industry coverage was rounded out by IoT, two-factor, and fingerprint news.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity:
Talking Evolution and Identity
This Wednesday at 11 AM EDT join our sister site FindBiometrics and a formidable lineup of guest experts including David Pollington, Head Of Applications & Services, GSMA, and Maxine Most, Principal, Acuity, for a one-of-a-kind webinar event concerning the new mobile biometrics market. Looking ahead in the event calendar, One World Identity announced its headlining keynote speaker which is sure to turn some heads: Edward Snowden will open the conference delivering his talk remotely from Russia.
Last week we published an interview with FaceTec CEO Kevin Alan Tussy about his company’s innovative ZoOm facial recognition solution. Face biometrics made industry headlines too, with Jumio announcing two Netverify integrations, reports that the facial modality might soon come to Samsung Pay, and Nok Nok Labs asserting that it is ready for Apple’s taek on facial recognition when it inevitably launches as a feature on a future iPhone.
Fingerprints and Smartphones
New leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy S8 were raising eyebrows last week, the photos showing a curious new placement of the device’s fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint Cards, meanwhile, announced that its technology is featured on a new handset from Oppo, and the company also issued a statement withdrawing its revenue guidance for 2017, citing short term market challenges.
Internet of Things, AI, and Wearable Tech
Alexa made headlines last week with Amazon announcing that the virtual assistant can take Amazon Prime Now orders via voice command. We also reported on how Amazon’s Siri competitor is making its way into iOS devices via its mobile app. In the world of wearables, Samsung announced that it has added LTE connectivity to the Gear S3 Classic smartwatch, and looking to the big connected picture, the buzz out of CeBIT 2017 in Hannover was the IoT driven Society 5.0 concept.
Here are last week’s top stories in hyper-connectivity:
A new survey shows that Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers are all ready to move beyond password authentication. Moving in step with this post-password wave, Instagram took the first step by offering two-factor security on its app.
Android Pay is now supported by Etsy, we reported last week. Apple Pay scored more support too, in the US, China, and Australia, while Samsung Pay received Amex support in India. Speaking of Samsung and FinTech, last week we reported on the company’s efforts with Ingenico and Smartlink to create a new contactless payment solution.
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