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Apple Pay Comes To Spain Via Banco Santander

Apple Pay Comes To Spain Via Banco Santander

Banco Santander has now enabled Apple Pay support in Spain. In so doing, it holds claim to being the first Spanish financial institution to offer Apple’s mPayment platform. It actually enabled Apple Pay in the UK last year, and offered support to rival mPayment platform Android Pay toward the end of this past summer. It…

US Customs and Border Protection Establishes E-Commerce and Small Business Branch

US Customs and Border Protection Establishes E-Commerce and Small Business Branch

The US Customs and Border Protection agency has established a new branch that will concern itself with online commerce. In a statement announcing the E-Commerce and Small Business Branch, the CBP asserted that e-commerce sales are anticipated to exceed a value of $4 trillion by 2020, and said that the new branch “will work to…

Biometric Banking Pioneer Climbs FinTech Rankings

Biometric Banking Pioneer Climbs FinTech Rankings

“The bank’s app uses facial and voice recognition for customer authentication, a move that is likely helping to raise the company’s profile as a FinTech pioneer.” Online-only financial institution Atom Bank has moved up the Fintech 100 rankings. It has now climbed from 8th to 6th on the ranking compiled by H2 Ventures and KPMG…

Israeli Bank to Introduce Passive Mobile Behavioral Authentication

Israeli Bank to Introduce Passive Mobile Behavioral Authentication

“The system continuously monitors behavioral metrics including a user’s finger size and the pressure of the user’s touch to enable passive authentication…” An Israel-based bank has become the first in the world to embrace behavioral biometrics as a password replacement on mobile devices. Leumi Card, a credit card subsidiary of Bank Leumi, has been trialing…

‘Sandbox’ Environment Fosters FinTech Innovation in Hong Kong

‘Sandbox’ Environment Fosters FinTech Innovation in Hong Kong

“…two banks have now applied to use it for the trialing of biometric authentication technologies for use in securities trading.” A new effort by Hong Kong authorities to help foster innovation in the territory’s banking sector is starting to pay off. Dubbed a ‘sandbox’ by regulators with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, it’s essentially a…

NEC Bringing Biometric Retail Analytics Solution To NRF Big Show

NEC Bringing Biometric Retail Analytics Solution To NRF Big Show

NEC Smart Enterprise is a solution designed to analyze shopper demographics while also analyzing shoppers’ flow through the retail environment and associated measures. NEC is going to pitch its biometric shopper analytics solutions at this year’s National Retail Federation Big Show. Some elements of its showing might feel a little familiar to some attendees. NEC…

FinTech Webinar to Continue Money20/20 Momentum

FinTech Webinar to Continue Money20/20 Momentum

With the recent Money20/20 expo in Las Vegas having further stoked the financial services industry’s excitement over biometric authentication and security, a new webinar is going to help clarify exactly what’s going on as these sectors intersect. Entitled ‘Biometrics Beyond Payments: Multi-Factor Security and the Fight Against Fraud‘, the event will take place on Wednesday,…

FirstBank Banking App Combines Touch ID, Digital Certificates

FirstBank Banking App Combines Touch ID, Digital Certificates

Coloradan financial services company FirstBank has launched its updated iOS app featuring fingerprint-based authentication. The system was developed in collaboration with mobile security specialist Entersekt and represents the culmination of a partnership first announced in February of this year. It allows FirstBank customers to log into their mobile apps by scanning their fingerprints on the…

FIDO Celebrates Money20/20 Success

FIDO Celebrates Money20/20 Success

The FIDO Alliance is celebrating what it calls “a busy (and productive!) four days” at last week’s Money20/20 conference in a new blog post. For the authentication standards consortium, the big news was its announcement that it would work with EMVCo to develop a new authentication specification specifically for mPayments and digital wallets, a collaborative…

Biometrics Panel Sells Out at Money20/20 – 1,000 FinTech Execs Attending

Biometrics Panel Sells Out at Money20/20 – 1,000 FinTech Execs Attending

Biometrics and Identity at Money 20/20 – Pt. 2 “The tremendous reception for FindBiometrics and Mobile ID World’s third annual biometrics panel at the world’s hottest FinTech show cements our position at the center of the financial biometrics and identity communities,” – Peter O’Neill, President, FindBiometrics and Mobile ID World On Monday at Money20/20 in Las…

Apple Pay Goes Live in Japan, with Some Transit Glitches

Apple Pay Goes Live in Japan, with Some Transit Glitches

Apple Pay has gone live in Japan, albeit with some hiccups. While the platform’s pioneering use of Touch ID fingerprint scanning to confirm transactions has helped to popularize the ease of use of mPayments for increasing numbers of customers around the world, compatibility issues with IT infrastructure from partner JR East has caused some difficulty…

Selfie Seller Verification Comes to Facebook Marketplace

Selfie Seller Verification Comes to Facebook Marketplace

“The system takes advantage of facial recognition technology to compare a registrant’s selfie against images from other social media, the user’s driver license, and other public records.” Facebook has only just launched its online trading Marketplace, and a third-party seller verification tool has already emerged. Called Trust Stamp, it’s designed to make sure that sellers are…

Desjardins Announces Apple Pay Support

Desjardins Announces Apple Pay Support

Canadian financial services institution Desjardins Group has announced its support for Apple Pay. In a statement announcing its support for Apple’s mobile payment platform, the bank placed a particular emphasis on its security, noting that customers’ “actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers,” but are instead encrypted into a…

Apple Pay Has Launched In Russia

Apple Pay Has Launched In Russia

Apple Pay has launched in Russia. The mobile payment service makes its debut in the country with the support of Mastercard and domestic bank Sberbank. Retailers onboard to accept Apple Pay include Media Markt, BP, and Atak supermarkets, with Burger King promising coming support. It’s a bit of a get for Apple in a country…

Deloitte Sees Rise of ‘Touch Commerce’

Deloitte Sees Rise of ‘Touch Commerce’

In a new market report, Deloitte is heralding the rise of ‘touch commerce’ – digital payment systems that let customers conduct transactions through their mobile devices’ fingerprint scanners. The financial consulting firm predicts that this year alone, the number of consumers regularly performing such transactions will reach 50 million, an increase of 150 percent. That’s because…

Apple Pay Finally Comes To The Web

Apple Pay Finally Comes To The Web

True to Apple’s promises, its mPayment platform is starting to emerge on the web. BigCommerce just recently announced its support, and, as AppleInsider reports, other online merchant networks—Shopify and Stripe—have also got on board. Website building platform Squarespace has also announced web support for its hosted merchants, and home decor site Wayfair is also accepting…

INTERVIEW: Princeton Identity CEO Mark Clifton

INTERVIEW: Princeton Identity CEO Mark Clifton

Princeton Identity is a biometrics company that has recently spun off as independent from SRI International. In its first weeks of existence, the company has made major headlines, most recently confirming that it is in fact the provider of the iris biometrics technology featured on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note7 handset. FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently had…

News Roundup: Civil ID Versus Organ Trafficking

News Roundup: Civil ID Versus Organ Trafficking

Last week at FindBiometrics we reported on the latest iris and fingerprint biometrics news coming out of the mobile sphere while civil ID and healthcare had us talking about the vertical markets. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management: Iris Recognition Samsung clarified details about the iris scanner…

Qatari Bank at Forefront of Biometric ATM Trend

Qatari Bank at Forefront of Biometric ATM Trend

“Biometric ATMs may soon become much more commonplace in the region and around the world.” The Commercial Bank of Qatar has launched its biometric ATM system, 01 Systems has announced. Together with NCR Corporation, 01 Systems was contracted to implement the system, which uses finger vein authentication to eliminate the need for PINs or even…

Biometric Payment Card Vendors ‘Well Positioned’ for Next Phase of Market: ABI

Biometric Payment Card Vendors ‘Well Positioned’ for Next Phase of Market: ABI

Chip card vendors need to embrace new technologies to beat the EMV market slump, according to a new report from ABI Research. While the global transition to contactless payment cards will continue to bring in revenues, ABI Research reports that “[v]endors are already reporting reductions in US orders” as market becomes more saturated, and that,…

FingoPay Links Payment Information Directly to Shoppers’ Fingers

FingoPay Links Payment Information Directly to Shoppers’ Fingers

London-based Sthaler is hoping to shake up the payments industry with a new biometric solution that does away with cards, smartphones, and any other equipment on the user end. Called FingoPay, the system directly connects a user’s biometric profile to her payment information. It’s based on finger vein scanning, using Hitachi-made infrared scanners to detect…

Ghana Bank, Ingenico Launch Biometric POS Solution

Ghana Bank, Ingenico Launch Biometric POS Solution

Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS), a Bank of Ghana subsidiary, is bringing biometric banking to the country’s underserved. Together with payments solutions provider Ingenico Group as well as Rural Financial Institutions and Agent Networks, the bank has launched a biometric POS terminal that links individuals’ fingerprints to their bank cards. The organizations…

Sneakerheads Get Biometric Checkout on Nike’s SNKRS App

Sneakerheads Get Biometric Checkout on Nike’s SNKRS App

“With the new feature, SNKRS becomes just the latest Android app to embrace the native fingerprint biometrics capabilities built into Android Marshmallow…” Sneakerheads are getting an easier way to pay for their shoes on Nike’s SNKRS app, reports Droid Life. The app is enabling fingerprint verification for mobile purchases. The biometric option arrives with other…

Chipotle’s Android App Supports Fingerprint Scanning

Chipotle’s Android App Supports Fingerprint Scanning

Chipotle’s Android app now supports fingerprint scanning, reports Android Police. It’s an ordering and payment app, and as such users need to upload their payment card information. With such sensitive data stored on the app, the integration of fingerprint-based security should help to assure users of the app’s security. It’s a move that takes advantage…

Android Users Can Login to Chase Bank App With Fingerprints

Android Users Can Login to Chase Bank App With Fingerprints

Chase Bank has enabled fingerprint login for its Android app. Customers using compatible devices running on the Marshmallow OS, which features native fingerprint scanning support, can now sign in to the app simply by scanning their fingers, though certain app features will still require password-based authentication as well. As AndroidCentral notes, Chase Bank is only the…

First Internet Bank Recognized for Embrace of Biometrics

First Internet Bank Recognized for Embrace of Biometrics

Indiana-based First Internet Bank has been named Tech-Enabled Company of the Year at the 17th annual Mira Awards, a gala honoring Indiana’s best tech companies and innovations. In a statement announcing the award, First Internet Bank said it was bestowed in recognition of the company’s “ability to use technology to provide convenience, access, and a…

Samsung Pay To Launch in Singapore

Samsung Pay To Launch in Singapore

Samsung has announced that its mPayment platform, Samsung Pay, will launch in Singapore this quarter. The announcement came only one day after Apple Pay launched in the country, with Samsung declining to offer a specific launch date. To a considerable extent, the announcement marks yet another instance of Samsung playing catch-up with its rival Apple. While…

New Details Emerge on Japan’s Biometric Tourism Plan

New Details Emerge on Japan’s Biometric Tourism Plan

New details are emerging about the Japanese government’s plan to substitute tourists’ fingerprints for their payment cards. The project was announced earlier this month, and entails connecting visitors’ biometric data to their financial information so that they can make easily make payments at tourist hotspots without having to fill out complicated tax exemption forms; it would…

Apple Pay Launches in Singapore

Apple Pay Launches in Singapore

Apple Pay has arrived in Singapore, making it the sixth country to support the mPayment platform, which is also available in Australia, Canada, China, the UK, and the US, where it initially launched. As in Canada and Australia, the platform is currently only compatible with American Express cards, which can be issued by that financial…

Ping An Announces Facial Recognition-Based Loan System

Ping An Announces Facial Recognition-Based Loan System

China-based insurance and financial services company Ping An has announced a new system designed to use facial recognition for digital loan applications. The technology was developed in-house through Ping An’s Science and Technology Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and the company claims its facial recognition capability is 99 percent accurate, and that moreover it can identify individuals…

News Roundup: Biometrics and The Enterprise of Tomorrow

News Roundup: Biometrics and The Enterprise of Tomorrow

Last week at FindBiometrics Physical Access & Enterprise Month continued with a look at the hidden benefits of biometrics in the workplace while we prepared for this week’s featured webinar presentation. Behavioral biometrics and financial applications each took the spotlight in the news while the headlines were filled out with national ID, border control, facial…

Samsung Pay To Support In-App Purchases

Samsung Pay To Support In-App Purchases

Samsung Pay is planning to implement in-app purchases to help fuel its growth. The news came by way of Samsung Pay Europe head Nathalie Oestmann, who spoke about the potential move to CNBC during last week’s Money20/20 Europe conference. In embracing such a concept, Samsung would be playing catch-up against its competitors, with such functionality already…

Are Australian Banks Finally Going To Support Apple Pay?

Are Australian Banks Finally Going To Support Apple Pay?

Apple may be making some headway in negotiations with Australian banks over its mobile payment platform. According to a new report from iPhone in Canada, some Australians who have recently tried to upload their payment cards to Apple Pay have received Apple Pay setup verification texts from their banks. No official statements of support have yet…

ProPay Has Announced Samsung Pay Support

ProPay Has Announced Samsung Pay Support

US-based ProPay has announced Samsung Pay support. The company offers payment solutions to a wide range of organizations, from home-based small businesses to major corporations. Now, with its newly announced support, those clients who are using its ProPay JAK card reader and compatible Android or iOS app will be able to start processing Samsung Pay…

News Roundup: Physical Access and FinTech Across The Globe

News Roundup: Physical Access and FinTech Across The Globe

Last week at FindBiometrics physical access control and FinTech were the biggest topics, as we brought you live reporting from Money20/20 Europe in Copenhagen and ISC West in Las Vegas. Physical Access & Enterprise month kicked off in the featured articles section with a primer on April’s featured topic too, while FIDO, national ID, and…

Morpho and Visa Announce Biometrics Roadshow

Morpho and Visa Announce Biometrics Roadshow

Morpho (Safran) is taking its MorphoWave technology on the road in Paris. Continuing its recently-announced partnership with Visa, the company will be promoting its technology in a traveling event called “Visa Explores the Future in Paris”. Like a traveling circus, the project will see a dome set up in various locations in the city, in which…

Money20/20 Europe: Morpho Showcases ‘Scan & Pay’ Concept

Money20/20 Europe: Morpho Showcases ‘Scan & Pay’ Concept

Morpho (Safran) is demonstrating a group of key technological offerings at Money20/20 Europe that together offer innovative payment solutions. With Know-Your-Customer solutions kicking off the process, Morpho’s authentication and transaction technologies then enable the user to actually make a purchase. That’s when truly innovative biometric technology comes into play, with Morpho’s MorphoWave tower enabling a ‘Scan…

Money20/20 Europe: TOC Approve App Offers Third-Party Biometric Authentication

Money20/20 Europe: TOC Approve App Offers Third-Party Biometric Authentication

TOC Biometrics is showcasing its Approve app at this year’s Money20/20 Europe conference. Available for iOS and Android, it’s a system that could have potentially broad applications. TOC Approve essentially acts as an independent verification mechanism for other businesses, apps, and so on. And it revolves around a simple concept: When a user needs to…

News Roundup: Prepare For ISC West and Money20/20 Europe

News Roundup: Prepare For ISC West and Money20/20 Europe

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought our month-long featured look at mobile biometrics to a close with a roundup on March’s featured topic. We prepared for Money20/20 Europe and ISC West, which  are both occurring this week in Copenhagen and Las Vegas Respectively, while law enforcement and border control rounded out the headlines. Here’s a…

What to Expect at Money20/20 Europe

What to Expect at Money20/20 Europe

This year’s Money20/20 Europe conference is shaping up to be an exciting one. While many important trends and issues will be covered, much of the event will revolve around disruption – of traditional markets, of business models, and of standard methods. That isn’t a bad thing. It’s a reflection of the dramatic technological changes that are…

US Bank Mobile App Now Features Touch ID Login

US Bank Mobile App Now Features Touch ID Login

An upgraded US Bank Mobile app now offers an improved check deposit capability and, perhaps more importantly, Touch ID login. Customers can now use compatible iPhones to access their accounts via fingerprint scan. In a statement announcing the bank’s Touch ID support, US Bank EVP Gareth Gaston explained that the bank’s management team had “been…

USAA Among First to Adopt Microsoft Edge Web Biometrics

USAA Among First to Adopt Microsoft Edge Web Biometrics

Microsoft Edge, the new browser that comes with the Windows 10 operating system, is further extending the reach of its Windows Hello biometric security platform. And USAA, the military-focused financial services organization, will be among the first to take advantage of it. The Edge upgrade was announced at Microsoft’s annual Build conference among a slew…

HSBC Joins Money20/20 Europe Biometrics Panel

HSBC Joins Money20/20 Europe Biometrics Panel

Biometric technology is expected to enjoy a bright spotlight at next week’s Money20/20 Europe conference, with growing enthusiasm from some big players in FinTech. Fittingly, a discussion panel on biometrics moderated by FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill has just announced another participant: Craig Ramsay, HSBC Payments and Cash Management’s Head of Innovation. The financial services company…

Samsung Pay Has Launched in China

Samsung Pay Has Launched in China

Samsung Pay has at last launched in China. The mobile payment service was launched this week in cooperation with China UnionPay, the country’s sole domestic bank card company. At its launch, Samsung Pay supports payment cards from numerous banks, including China CITIC Bank, China Everbright Bank, China Merchants Bank, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of…

Mobey Forum Findings Illustrate Mainstreaming of Biometrics in FinTech

Mobey Forum Findings Illustrate Mainstreaming of Biometrics in FinTech

Biometric technology is going mainstream in the world of banking and payments, says Morpho (Safran). In a statement on its website, the company highlighted the results of a Mobey Forum survey conducted last year. An industry association of which Morpho is a member, the Mobey Forum consulted 235 survey participants, 59 percent of whom worked in…

Is Apple Preparing Apple Pay for Mobile Websites?

Is Apple Preparing Apple Pay for Mobile Websites?

Rumor has it that Apple is preparing to bring its mPayment platform to mobile websites. While Apple Pay started as a mobile payment platform allowing contactless transactions in stores via users’ iPhones (and now through Apple Watches), it later enabled in-app purchases with partner merchants. Now, the idea is to bring it to mobile websites,…

MasterCard, BMO Begin Rollout of Identity Check

MasterCard, BMO Begin Rollout of Identity Check

MasterCard is starting to roll out its Identity Check – or ‘Selfie Pay’ – authentication platform in Canada and the US. The initial phase of the launch is taking place in collaboration with BMO Financial Group, which will begin to issue employees corporate cards compatible with the Identity Check mobile app. When these cardholders wish to make transactions…

Daon Tech Powers MasterCard ‘Selfie Pay’ Authentication

Daon Tech Powers MasterCard ‘Selfie Pay’ Authentication

Daon has teamed up with MasterCard to help work on the latter’s ‘Selfie Pay’ mobile payment app. Officially called MasterCard Identity Check, the app is designed to leverage smartphones’ mobile cameras to enable facial recognition-based authentication, and throws in an aspect of liveness detection for added security. The concept was showcased at this year’s Mobile…

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