Last week at Mobile ID World we reported on new biometrics news from Samsung, two major Apple Pay launches, the next generation of voice and speech recognition and much more.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity.
Samsung’s Multimodal Week
While the iris scanning feature rumored to ship on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note7 is all but officially confirmed, last week we learned new details of what the sensor will be capable of via leaked information. Samsung was in the news all week, with the launch of its Olympic edition Galaxy S7 edge, the debut of Samsung Pay on the Gear S2 smartwatch, and more biometrics news—the company selected Egis to supply the fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Galaxy C7, and it licensed Valencell’s ear-based vital biometrics technology.
Check out Samsung’s big news from last week:
Apple made the news last week too, with Apple Pay launching in France and Hong Kong. The Cupertino company also began offering a small promo to encourage signups, offering iTunes credit to users who activate the biometrically secured mobile wallet.
The Next Generation of Voice
Thanks to innovations in connectivity, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, voice biometrics technology is changing. On that note, last week we published an interview with Opus Research founder and lead analyst Dan Miller, detailing developments in voice and speech technology, and providing insight into the upcoming Intelligent Authentication Conference in San Francisco. Meanwhile, we saw an example of recreational Amazon Alexa use and reported on the growing popularity of Sensory’s Low Power Sound Detector technology which allows for always-on voice command.
In mobile payments news last week we saw both Visa Europe and ISACA highlighting the benefits of biometrics in FinTech. Android Pay launched in Australia too, and Republic Bank announced that is now supports Samsung Pay in addition to Apple Pay.
Last week we received confirmation that Precise Biometrics’ software is featured on the recently launched 360 N4S handset. Meanwhile, RunMyProcess announced it is bringing ImageWare’s GoVerifyID to its cloud-based development platform for enterprise apps. In other biometric software news, we saw Snapchat face an Illinois lawsuit over its alleged use of facial recognition tech, though the company itself asserts it does not use said tech for identification purposes.
Finally, in fingerprint news last week, we saw ForgeRock upgrade its identity platform to support Touch ID, while a new partnership between FIS and Payment Alliance International is expected to bring Touch ID ATM access to 70,000 terminals. We also saw fingerprint biometrics make it onto the extremely affordable ZMax Pro smartphone, which is only $99 after a rebate.
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