Last week at Mobile ID World finance and biometrics were the dominant topics in the industry news. We reported on major standards developments that stand to deal a serious blow to online passwords, a new smartphone from a soda company, and the winners of this year’s Sesames Awards.
Here is a look back on the top stories in mobile identity management from last week:
Finance dominated the news last week with the Canadian Apple Pay launch and murmurings of the upcoming release of Samsung Pay in the Chinese market. SayPay made it top the top three contenders in the UBS Future of Finance Challenge while MasterCard began to anticipate an increase in opportunities in China. The Hawaii Bankers Association took a stance against PIN technology, Visa has been trialing finger-vein based payments, and a new report forecasted increased mCommerce over the seasonal holidays.
One of the biggest news stories of the week came out of Japan, where the FIDO Alliance announced a major milestone. The consortium partnered with W3C in a move that will see its strong online authentication specifications become ubiquitous on Web browsing platforms. MasterCard, in the meantime, announced its own specification for loyalty rewards in mPayments, something of a hot topic as the slew of mobile wallets vie for the attention of consumers.
In mobile biometrics news last week the primary modality was once again fingerprint recognition. Lenovo launched new handsets with embedded Fingerprint Cards (FPC) and Precise Biometrics technology, we reported on a fingerprint-based gun control solution, and Synaptics boasted about the newest numbers related to its under-glass sensor. Egis was at Cartes with its fingerprint biometric technology, showing off its latest FIDO Certified dongle among other wares.
It wasn’t all fingerprints last week though. Sesnsory, Inc. launched TrulySecure 2.0—the latest upgrade to its flagship multimodal face and voice software—which can claim “virtually impenetrable security.”
Smartphones and Tablets
In device news last week, we learned of a new fingerprint sensor sporting smartphone from Pepsi (yes, that Pepsi). AMREL launched a customizable tablet too, while rumors had experts speculating on Samsung’s plans to bring biometrics to its budget priced handsets.
The 2015 Sesames awards were announced last week, and the winners illustrated some prominent trends in the digital payments world. Meanwhile, in the realm of vital biometrics, Sentrian was named a finalist in the Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition.
Research, Markets, Fiscal Reports
ImageWare Systems released its fiscal results last week while we published stories on two reports. According to new research, the signature verification market is being stoked by mobile innovation and the fitness wearables sector is on track to generate $10 billion in revenue by the end of the decade.
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