Last week at Mobile ID World FinTech was in the news as we prepared to head to Copenhagen where we will be reporting live this week from Money20/20 Europe. Apple, Samsung and eBay were all also in the news with big headlines, as we reported on the latest biometrically enabled mobile devices and more.
Here’s a look back on all the top news stories from last week in mobile digital identity:
Talking about Mobile ID
Last week we featured two interviews on Mobile ID World. David Pollington, Head of Applications & Services at GSMA, spoke to Peter O’Neill about the most recent, highly successful Mobile World Congress and the nuances of Mobile Connect. O’Neill also spoke with Javier Mira, Executive Vice-President at FacePhi, about facial recognition and the company’s involvement in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program.
Read the full interviews below:
Finance and Money20/20
Money20/20 Europe starts today in Copenhagen, and Mobile ID World is there, reporting from the floor and hosting a panel on biometrics in FinTech. Financial services were well represented in the news last week with Morpho (Safran) subsidiary Syscom selected to produce EMV debit cards in India, and MasterCard weighing in on the progress that that same standard has made in Europe. UK bank MBNA announced that it will be supporting Android Pay when it inevitably launches this year, and stateside we learned that USAA will be one of the first companies to support the biometric features on Microsoft Edge. All of that and more made mobile commerce the topic to talk about last week:
Samsung Pay launched in China last week, following its rival Apple Pay into a region that experts have been dubbing oversaturated with mobile wallet solutions. Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones were in the news last week too, with reports of a new Active iteration on its way to consumers, and the announcement that the S7 and S7 Edge use Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree solution for speech recognition.
In Apple news, last week we saw some patent applications suggesting fun new innovations for the Apple Watch and Touch ID, while Apple Pay became a little more accepted in China thanks to support no being offered through PayEase. US Bank enabled Touch ID login for its mobile app and we heard rumor of new biometric modalities slated for future iPhones.
New Handsets and a Tablet
New mobile devices from Vivo, Xiaomi, and Gionee were launched last week, each one of them featuring a biometric sensor from Fingerprint Cards (FPC). Additionally, we saw the launch of a new tablet in India which features biometric scanning capabilities that, in concert with Aadhaar, will enable mobile government eServices.
eBay made huge news last week when it joined the FIDO Alliance and simultaneously announced its FIDO Certified authentication server. Meanwhile, we also reported on WordPress’ embrace of Google Authenticator for two factor account security.
AMREL announced that its rugged XP7-ID biometric handheld achieved FBI certification, making it well suited for border control and law enforcement deployments. Last week we also reported that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be equipping its agents with NeoScan mobile biometric technology from NEC Corporation of America. In healthcare, meanwhile, we saw Calgary Scientific putting the spotlight on medical imaging solutions in the wake of this year’s HIMSS conference.
Here are last week’s big stories in the vertical markets:
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