Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Mobile Biometrics Month 2016 while the RSA Conference and HIMSS had us talking about enterprise and healthcare in the news. Fingerprint, face, iris and behavioral biometrics each made headlines while FinTech made up the bulk of our coverage.
Here’s a look back on the first week of March in global identity management:
Mobile Biometrics Month 2016
March is Mobile Biometrics Month 2016 at FindBiometrics in which we will be examining the ever evolving landscape of digital mobile identity. Last week we kicked things off with a primer on the topic and continued to prepare for our upcoming webinar, Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones & IoT.
The 2016 RSA Conference was held last week and as such we turned our attention to biometrics in the workplace. According to Level 3 Communications, malware, security costs, and cyber education were the top themes of the week. RSA itself announced the latest version of RSA Via at the conference, Egis Technology was showcasing its FIDO Certified solutions, and we saw Centrify warning against unsecured weables—the latest in BYOD vulnerabilities.
Shifting our gaze to Florida, where this week the Enterprise Connect event is taking place, we got a look at what kind of biometric solutions we can expect to see demonstrated by NEC Corporation of America at the conference.
In financial news last week we had a surprising update out of China showing massive success for the recently launched Apple Pay mobile wallet. Samsung Pay shared the spotlight, scoring support from Wells Fargo. Daon announced that its Identity X platform is powering the biometric capabilities on MasterCard’s Identity Check payment verification solution, we reported on a partnership between NXP Semiconductors and Nymi that’s enabling wearable payments, and we saw HYPR team up with BitGo to bring biometric tokenization to the latter company’s blockchain vault.
The Pakistan Post Office is readying biometric authentication to verify recipients of pension and welfare checks too, and we got a step closer to biometric payments at point of sale with the announcement of a new POS terminal featuring a built-in fingerprint scanner.
Behavioral analytics made headlines last week with the announcement that the new Windows Defender Advanced Threat Dectection features behavioral sensors to detect malware threats. Balabit added the modality to its Blindspotter platform, and NuData called for a shift in the way the industry thinks about fraud prevention at the RSA conference.
In fingerprint news last week we saw Microsoft expand the scope of its mobile biometric offerings for consumers with the worldwide launch of the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover which has an embedded sensor and backwards compatibility. Zwipe bolstered its ranks with a new appointment to its talent pool while Fingerprint Cards (FPC) increased its number of class B shares and also announced that its FPC1035 sensor is on the new Vivo Xplay 5 handset.
Face and Iris
Last week we got a look into the iris scanning technology in the Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G smartphone while Google and Microsoft were touting facial recognition. A new series of ads from Microsoft are holding Windows Hello’s face biometrics login over its non-biometric competitors. Meanwhile, Android Pay may go contactless if a new pilot project leveraging facial recognition for contactless retail payments is successful.
Law Enforcement and Government
Morpho (Safran)’s SecureIdentity platform went live in the UK last week— counting as a huge win in the government e-services arena. MorphoTrust, in the meantime, scored fingerprinting services contracts with West Virginia State Police and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, while the Arizona Department of Public Safety deployed a new Electronic Fingerprint Application System for background checks.
At HIMSS last week BIO-key International was, as usual, well represented, with ten of its healthcare clients showcasing the company’s biometric technology at the conference. Outside of the event, Accenture was awarded a two year consulting contract by the US Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that will see the company create best practices regarding patient-generated health data.
Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout the week as we continue to bring you the best in identity management news. Don’t forget to sign up for our upcoming webinar, Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones & IoT, and be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a thing.
March 7, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter