Last week at Mobile ID World we saw the introduction of a new player in the ongoing mobile wallet wars while wearable biometrics, sensor integrations, and second factor authentication rounded out the industry news headlines.
Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity:
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) made the news with multiple sensor integration announcements, its technology having been built into handsets from 360, Huawei, and Xiaomi. The company’s technology, along with that of long time software partner Precise Biometrics, was also built into a new rugged smartphone available in Japan.
Mobile Wallet Wars
Last week we reported on the latest entrant to the mobile wallet wars: Mi Pay from Xiaomi. PayPal, meanwhile, provided details on a partnership that is enabling contactless ATM service, and Mastercard once again brought its mobile financial tech to The Barclays golf tournament. Walgreens linked its rewards program to Android Pay, Asda began trialing Apple Pay, and Samsung celebrated the one year anniversary of its mPayment platform by offering up usage numbers.
Check out at all the activity in the ongoing battle to be your prefered payment method:
Speaking of Samsung, the Korean company had us talking biometric wearables last week in two different ways: it offered new details on its wireless earbuds that track vital sign biometrics and a new Samsung patent shed light on how fingerprint and iris biometrics might make it onto headsets and smartwatches. Unisys weighed in on biometric wearables last week too, having polled professionals in the industry and found that the law enforcement vertical holds many opportunities for face scanning body cams and more.
Big Picture Security
Survey data from Tripwire, Inc. painted a picture of a world unprepared for the security challenges of IoT in the workplace while new mobile identity innovations filled the headlines. Oberthur scored new certifications for PEARL by OT, optimizing it for financial and urban transport markets. Meanwhile, a new patent showed how Apple might soon leverage Touch ID for anti-theft security, Thailand’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission announced it’s working on offering biometric login for customers, and news surfaced out of India that Vodafone and Airtel are registering mobile accounts with Aadhaar biometrics.
Here are the major mobile ID news items that, together, illustrate the state of the industry:
Despite its status as a devalued authenticator, SMS two-factor login was enabled by Sony for online Playstation accounts. In other second factor news, digital security provider 2FA, Inc.—whose solutions support nine different methods of authentication, including RFID, OTP, fingerprint biometric, and SMS—was acquired by Identity Automation.
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