Mobile ID News Roundup: A New Entrant To The Mobile Wallet Wars

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:

Sensor Integrations

Mobile ID News Roundup: A New Entrant To The Mobile Wallet WarsFingerprint 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.

Redmi Note 4 Features Biometric Technology From FPC

Fingerprint Cards Tech Built into Rugged Smartphone From Japan

Precise Biometrics Technology Shipping on New Phones From 360

Three New Huawei Devices Sport FPC Sensors

Mobile Wallet Wars

Mobile ID News Roundup: A New Entrant To The Mobile Wallet WarsLast 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:

Xiaomi Announces mPayment Platform

Walmart Subsidiary Asda Trialling Apple Pay in Stores

Mastercard Returns to The Barclays Golf Tournament

PayPal Offers Details on FIS-PAI Contactless ATM Collaboration

Samsung Celebrates Growth of Samsung Pay at One-Year Anniversary

Walgreens Customers Can Now Link Rewards Accounts to Android Pay

Wearable Biometrics

Mobile ID News Roundup: A New Entrant To The Mobile Wallet WarsSpeaking 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.

Samsung Offers Details on Wireless, Biometric Earbuds

Samsung Patent Shows Iris Scanning Headset, Finger Scanning Wristband

Biometrics Professionals See Opportunities in Wearables for Law Enforcement: Unisys

Big Picture Security

Mobile ID News Roundup: A New Entrant To The Mobile Wallet WarsSurvey 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:

Survey Points to IoT Security Concerns

Oberthur Attains New Certifications for PEARL by OT

Airtel and Vodafone Let Users Register Accounts via Aadhaar Biometrics

Patent Describes How iPhone Could Scan Thieves’ Fingerprints

Thailand’s NBTC Bringing Mobile Biometric Login To Customers

Second Factor

Mobile ID News Roundup: A New Entrant To The Mobile Wallet WarsDespite 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.

Playstation to Help Gamers Authenticate With Secret Codes

IAM Software Provider Acquires 2FA, Inc.


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