Last week at Mobile ID World mobile iris recognition hogged the spotlight with the launch announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note7. Meanwhile, the industry news was filled with fingerprint sensors, user interface tech, Windows 10 Anniversary Update news, and much more.
Introducing The Galaxy Note7
Last Tuesday, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note7 handset—its first consumer-facing smartphone to feature iris recognition for access control, enabled in part by Qualcomm. The new biometric feature is already a hit, with two Korean banks making moves to leverage the modality for mobile app sign on, and iris scanning now supported for Samsung Pay transactions. The launch is in keeping with recent statements from Delta ID, which is heralding the rise of mobile iris biometrics.
Despite all the iris hubbub, fingerprint biometrics remained a fixture of the industry news last week, with Fingerprint Cards’ new CEO taking charge. The major sensor manufacturer also had its share of integration announcements, with its technology featured on newly launched smartphones from ZUK, OPPO,and Huawei.
Apple Pay and Samsung Pay
The big mobile wallets made headlines last week. Apple Pay scored support from Canada’s PC Financial while we learned that Samsung Pay is slated for a South African launch early next year.
Two Factor Authentication
According to Yubico, non-FIDO Alliance members are turning to the consortium’s U2F standard for password replacement. iovation, in the meantime, was declared a Gold winner at The Golden Bridge Awards, in the category of Authentication (Two-Factor) – Innovations, thanks to its passwordless Customer Authentication service.
Windows 10 Anniversary
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update launched last week, and with it Microsoft Edge received a biometric upgrade. Microsoft biometrics partner BIO-key was ready for the update, having worked with Microsoft to ensure compatibility with its biometric solutions, and now thanks to a new distribution partner, its fingerprint readers and software are more accessible than ever before. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions provider SOTI is also ready for the update, announcing last week that it is offering same-day support.
The Mobile ID Powered Future
New research from Acuity Market Intelligence is predicting the peak of ePassports and the advent of virtual mobile credentials powered by biometrics—a welcome forecast for those of us eager to see the convenient and secure mobile-powered future. Speaking of which, Zipcar is embracing biometrics in the name of convenient identity assurance, announcing last week that it will allow users to sign up for its car sharing service remotely by using selfie-based face recognition.
Much has been made out of the relationship between human accents and voice command technologies, with some modes of speaking proving ineffective and others finding themselves affected by the stilted speech used for prime AI response rates. Last week we saw Google addressing an aspect of this phenomenon, making a call for Scottish people to teach its AI how to understand their accent.
Meanwhile, eyeCam launched a crowdfunding campaign for its eyeHand interface solution. Here is how user interface made headlines last week:
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