Last week at Mobile ID World we saw big developments from all three of the major competing mobile wallets while fingerprints and post-password ideas rounded out the headlines.
Here is a look back on the top stories in mobile identity management from the week that was:
In the fingerprint-centric news last week we saw Precise Biometrics and Fingerprint Cards (FPC) both finding their tech on the latest smartphone from ZTE: the Axon Max. Precise also saw its software included on a new, as yet unnamed device through its partnership with Silead. Goodix, for its contribution to the headlines, outlined its plans to grow in 2016, while we saw a new report on the booming fingerprint sensor market. All of that and more had us talking about fingerprints all through the second week of December:
Mobile Wallets and Financial Services
Mobile wallets have been a competitive space in mobile ID all year and they continue to be as we enter the last half of December. Apple Pay announced its China launch via UnionPay, Android entered Australia, and Samsung scored the support of 19 more US card issuers. Meanwhile, Apple continued to pick up supporting banks, with Avidia joining the fold.
Outside of the wallet wars, we reported on a new IdentityX powered authentication technology that’s coming to Atom Bank
Internet of Things and Wearables
Valencell announced BioPack last week, a pre-packaged system aimed at wearables developers which includes its PerformTek solution. Meanwhile, in Internet of Things news, we got our first look at a new UK consortium, composed of public and private parties, dedicated to IoT innovation.
Here’s how wearables and IoT made the news last week:
As the year approaches its end, we are seeing the vertical markets make more regular headlines. Last week we reported on the importance of the MorphoTablet in Egyptian elections, as well as Morpho’s new contract with mobile network operator Airtel to offer customer onboarding services and tech.
The Post-Password Future
Constellation Research has issued an update on the FIDO Alliance, singing the group’s praises as an authentication industry consortium. A new report from SecureAuth shows that businesses are on the post-password train, with cybersecurity spending on the upswing, and we saw Mitek offering its predictions for mobile authentication in 2016. Morpho (Safran) made the news here too, with the announcement that it is leading a cross-sector coalition that aims to improve mobile security in Norway.
Retina, Face, Vital
Rounding out the week we had posts about various biometric modalities. Tobii Tech announced its support of Windows Hello facial recognition while rumors sprung up about retina scanning on upcoming Samsung phones. Vital biometrics made headlines too with a new report on opportunities in remote care.
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