Last week Samsung finally launched its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, making good on long-standing rumors that the device would feature multimodal biometric technology. Connected cars made headlines too, while fingerprint biometrics made up the bulk of the news, and FinTech rounded out our industry coverage along with contactless biometrics.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity:
Samsung Galaxy Goes Multimodal
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones were launched last week, sporting all of the rumored biometric features, fingerprint, face and iris recognition, the last of which was provided by Princeton Identity. Samsung is using the biometrics as a convenient and secure selling points, and the features launch with viable applications too, Mastercard having announced that the Galaxy S8’s iris scanning is compatible with its Identity Check service.
Connected cars made headlines last week with Microsoft licensing its automotive technology to Toyota. Meanwhile, Ford announced that it is opening smart car facilities in Michigan and Ontario. Follow the links below to learn the latest in connected car news:
Synaptics announced a new family of fingerprint sensors last week as the modality made up the bulk of our news coverage. Apple was granted a patent for ultrasonic Touch ID, further stoking rumors that it is going to be putting the fingerprint sensor in its next iPhone under glass. We reported on the completion of testing on NEXT Biometrics’ new A2 ASIC chip, and Precise Biometrics announced two new hardware partners. Here are last weeks’ top fingerprint stories:
Along with the unveiling of its newest smartphone, Samsung gave an update on its forthcoming voice-based AI assistant, Bixby, which the company is hoping to expand beyond standard handsets. Meanwhile, we got a look at Hitachi’s latest powerful video surveillance solution, which has the ability to track subjects based on over a hundred identifying factors including face, attire, sex, age, and more.
Apple Pay arrived in Taiwan last week just as Australia’s competition regulator seemingly put an end to the mobile wallet’s plight Downunder as it faced off against Aussie banks. Meanwhile, Union Bank of the Philippines deployed Daon’s IdentityX platform in its mobile app, Malauzai announced that it will be enabling fingerprint login on Android, and we reported on Wells Fargo’s launch of mobile ATM access.
Mobile ID At Large
New reports last week had us talking cybersecurity and national ID, with Gemalto publishing its Breach Level Index for 2016 and Acuity releasing its latest research on the global eID market. Safran Identity & Security won an award for “Outstanding Quality and Delivery” at this year’s Vodafone Supplier Awards, and quality assurance service provider iBeta underlined the importance of liveness detection following its latest testing. The following articles touch on the broader trends and topics we’ve been seeing in mobile ID this year.
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