COVID-19

Samsung Releases Hand Washing App for Smart Watches

Samsung Releases Hand Washing App for Smart Watches

Samsung is trying to encourage better hygiene with a new Hand Wash application for its various wearable devices. The app is now available through the Galaxy Store, and is compatible with Gear S3, Gear Sports, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, and Galaxy Watch Active2 devices. The Hand Wash app is essentially a notification system that will…

Regula Document Verification Helps Portuguese Border Authorities Adapt to COVID-19

Regula Document Verification Helps Portuguese Border Authorities Adapt to COVID-19

Portuguese border authorities have managed to rapidly adapt their procedures to the COVID-19 age with help from document verification specialist Regula. The company worked with Portugal-based Present Technologies to develop a mobile app solution for the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (“SEF”). With the integration of the Regula Document Reader SDK, the SEF mobile app…

Vuzix and TensorMark Partner on AR COVID-19 Credential Detection Solution

Vuzix and TensorMark Partner on AR COVID-19 Credential Detection Solution

Smart glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology supplier Vuzix and computer vision specialist TensorMark have announced a partnership that will see the Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses as an option to help businesses and venues looking to safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. TensorMark recently announced it was moving forward with a strategic initiative that is…

ID2020 Advisor Questions Corporate Interests in Resignation Letter

ID2020 Advisor Questions Corporate Interests in Resignation Letter

Elizabeth Renieris has resigned from the ID2020 Alliance, and penned a scathing critique of the organization on her way out the door. She specifically argues that the Alliance’s original objectives have been compromised by corporate interests, and that the organization is now so fixated on digital identities that it is willing to sacrifice civil liberties…

This Biometric Wearable Can Detect Onset of COVID-19, Say Researchers

This Biometric Wearable Can Detect Onset of COVID-19, Say Researchers

A team of researchers announced recently that by analyzing biometric data from a wearable device, they believe they can detect the onset of the COVID-19 virus’ symptoms in seemingly healthy individuals as much as three days in advance. As TechCrunch reports, the study was conducted by researchers from the West Virginia University (WVU), Rockefeller Neuroscience…

Speech Interface Specialist to Open 1,000 Stores in China

Speech Interface Specialist to Open 1,000 Stores in China

The Chinese voice recognition specialist iFlyTek is going against the grain with its sales strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has announced that it plans to open 1,000 physical retail outlets before the end of the year. The dramatic expansion will bring the company’s footprint to a total of around 3,000 locations. iFlyTek currently…

Nuggets Leverages ID Verification Platform to Ensure Packages Reach Recipients

Nuggets Leverages ID Verification Platform to Ensure Packages Reach Recipients

Nuggets is leveraging its payment and identity verification platform to ensure that packages reach their intended recipients. The company notes that e-commerce has gone up dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced consumers to do their shopping online instead of in brick-and-mortar stores. The problem is that many purchases are not making it to…

Thales Forecasts Rise of Biometric Payment Cards

Thales Forecasts Rise of Biometric Payment Cards

Thales is the latest organization to suggest that COVID-19 could accelerate the adoption of contactless payment technologies. The company notes that the amount of cash in circulation has decreased during the pandemic, while online transactions have gone up in the same period. Now Thales is arguing that some of the changes could be permanent, and…

Virtual Gym App Uses Biometric Fitness Tracking

Virtual Gym App Uses Biometric Fitness Tracking

Biometric heart rate monitor manufacturer MyZone recently launched its new MZ-Remote app, a virtual gym training tool that aims to help people recreate the gym workout they are missing out on in their own home. MyZone manufactures the wearable biometric sensors and designs the software used by many gyms around the world for certain classes…

TensorMark, University Hospitals Work Toward Face-based Immunity Credentials

TensorMark, University Hospitals Work Toward Face-based Immunity Credentials

TensorMark and University Hospitals are moving forward with a strategic initiative to help reopen the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. TensorMark is a computer vision specialist, while University Hospitals is a health network that includes 18 hospitals and more than 50 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices. Together, the two organizations will try to…

Yubico Officially Launches YubiEnterprise Delivery Service

Yubico Officially Launches YubiEnterprise Delivery Service

Yubico has moved forward with the official launch of its YubiEnterprise Delivery service. The company first announced its new YubiEnterprise Services back in February, but indicated that YubiEnterprise Delivery would not be available until the second quarter of 2020. The second quarter has now arrived, and Yubico is sticking to its original schedule. The company…

Huami Study Shows How Wearables Can Track Spread of COVID-19

Huami Study Shows How Wearables Can Track Spread of COVID-19

Huami is calling attention to a new study that suggests that wearable devices could help predict, monitor, and slow the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. The study was sponsored by the Huami Corporation, which also provided the data for the research. To that end, Huami gave researchers access to de-identified sensor data from Huami…

HID Offers FARGO Solution to Help Organizations Meet Credentialing Requirements

HID Offers FARGO Solution to Help Organizations Meet Credentialing Requirements

HID Global is trying to help organizations that are struggling to keep up with their credentialing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the company is now offering an emergency badging solution that will allow healthcare providers, government agencies, and other essential organizations to issue and manage badges during the crisis. The package comes…

Mobile Identity Marches On in This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Mobile Identity Marches On in This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

It’s been another busy week in the world of digital and mobile identity. And while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made yet another appearance among the latest roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories, it now appears to be something of a driving factor in this industry. That’s thanks in part to government efforts to…

Voatz Enables Virtual Convention for Arizona Republicans

Voatz Enables Virtual Convention for Arizona Republicans

Voatz is celebrating the completion of another successful election after revealing that its mobile voting technology was used during the Arizona State Republican Party Convention on May 9. More than 1,100 delegates cast a vote during the Convention, using a combination of both iPhone and Android devices. The Arizona State Convention is not the first…

Greek e-Gov Strategy Aimed at Driving COVID-19 Recovery

Greek e-Gov Strategy Aimed at Driving COVID-19 Recovery

In a major effort to speed up a slow-moving bureaucracy and help with a smooth reopening of its economy in the post-COVID-19 era, the government of Greece has announced plans to rapidly expand its digital services in 2020. With the country barely out of a decades-long financial crisis, the Greek government launched more than 500…

ABI Predicts COVID-19 will Lead to More Contactless Payment Cards

ABI Predicts COVID-19 will Lead to More Contactless Payment Cards

ABI Research is predicting that COVID-19 will accelerate the adoption of contactless payment cards. The firm now believes the number of cards issued in 2020 will exceed initial estimates by more than 110 million cards, a figure that will bring the total number of contactless payment cards in circulation to more than 2 billion internationally. …

Mastercard Offers Free Security Assessments to Small Businesses in Canada

Mastercard Offers Free Security Assessments to Small Businesses in Canada

Mastercard is offering free security assessments to small businesses in Canada. The initiative is specifically intended to support establishments that are conducting more business online due to the social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19. In that regard, Mastercard notes that many smaller businesses are scrambling to introduce new online services, and may not be prepared…

Health Pass by CLEAR Brings Biometrics to the Immunity Passport

Health Pass by CLEAR Brings Biometrics to the Immunity Passport

Having begun to expand from biometric airport screening to sports venue access and even biometric payments in recent years, CLEAR is now poised to move into the public health space with a new biometric screening service tailored for the age of COVID-19. Called Health Pass by CLEAR, the service will arrive this week in the…

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