Last week at Mobile ID World mobile access and identity solutions took the spotlight as headlines involving virtual reality, artificial intelligence, behavioral biometrics and more filled out the industry news.
Here is a look back on all of last week’s top stories in mobile and digital identity:
Mobile Access in the Spotlight
Mobile identity solutions were the topic of the week as we published an in-depth interview with Rob Haslam, VP and Managing Director of Government ID Solutions at HID Global, on the topic of HID’s goID product. Meanwhile, we reported on a deployment of HID Mobile Access at a US university, and the new phone-based sign in capabilities offered by Microsoft’s Windows Authenticator made the headlines.
Precise Biometrics announced a licensing agreement with its latest hardware partner, MELFAS. Fujitsu’s new lightweight laptop launched last week, sporting not only fingerprint biometrics but palm vein recognition too. Biometric smart cards also made the news, with new details surfacing in regards to the recently announced partnership between Zwipe and Iris Corp.
Voice and Speech
New developer tools are allowing Amazon’s voice-based Alexa AI to show a wider range of emotions. Third party access to Alexa was expanded, we reported last week, thanks to Amazon’s newly announced Amazon Lex program. Speaking of AI, Sensory announced the latest update to its TrulyHandsfree solution, which now boasts the ability to identify voices and respond to custom wake up words.
Behavioral biometrics continued to make headlines after a long month of bathing in the spotlight. BioCatch released an ROI calculator to demonstrate the tangible benefits of the modality as Appdome and BehavioSec partnered to add invisible authentication to mobile. Visa, in the meantime, is looking to a future of seamless security, based on behavioral factors, which it calls ‘ambient authentication’.
Samsung Pay entered Hong Kong and Switzerland in early access, we reported last week. The mobile wallet has been seeing a lot of expansion as of late, even in terms of biometric modalities used for authentication, but new reports have shed light on why the mPayment platform doesn’t currently support facial recognition. While it doesn’t look like you’ll be paying with your face using Samsung hardware any time soon, you might use it to control VR sooner rather than later—or at least that’s the goal with Samsung’s experimental FaceSense technology.
Mastercard’s Masterpass has expanded to Facebook’s Messenger app, we reported last week. Apple Pay, meanwhile, was added as an option for users of the PayByPhone parking app. Apple’s mobile wallet was also the subject of speculations last week, with a new report stoking rumors that Apple Pay will soon offer Venmo-style P2P money transfer capabilities.
Goode Intelligence painted an exciting picture of the next five years in mobile and wearable biometrics with its latest research. Jumio already seems to be reaping the benefits of this growing market, as evidenced by its impressive Q1 2017 numbers released last week.
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