Consumer-facing biometric technologies dominate this week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ most popular stories, with payment cards, IoT devices, and an Apple peripheral in the mix.
One of the biggest stories of the week came from IDEMIA and IDEX Biometrics, which announced a joint biometric payment card solution featuring IDEX’s TrustedBio fingerprint sensor. With the first large-scale deployments of fingerprint-scanning payment cards expected to arrive this year, it’s an important new development in this fast-emerging segment of payments market:
From there, we pivot to facial recognition and the Internet of Things. FindBiometrics readers showed a lot of interest in this week’s news that Canaan and Cathay Tri-Tech had joined forces to develop IoT devices featuring Canaan’s facial recognition module. The collaboration could lead to the development of face-scanning vending machines, smart door locks, and other connected devices:
There was also some biometrics news from Apple this week, care of our sister site, Mobile ID World. The tech giant has brought its iconic Touch ID fingerprint authentication system to its first peripheral devices – the Magic Keyboard. The device was announced along with the new iMac as part of Apple’s Spring Loaded launch event last week:
Readers also showed sustained interest in a recent report on consumer survey data. A FICO study has found that 41 percent of all North American consumers are more likely to open a bank account online. Among other findings, it also discovered that roughly three-quarters of respondents were willing to use biometric authentication in online banking:
And finally, readers also showed a lot of interest in the latest facial recognition controversy. New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has cancelled a trial of Suzhou Huaqi Intelligent Technology surveillance cameras after discovering that the company was acquired by a facial recognition firm with ties to the Chinese government:
Stay posted to FindBiometrics next week as we continue to bring you the latest news and interviews from the exciting world of biometrics. To see the hottest stories of the week in mobile digital identity, visit our sibling site Mobile ID World.
May 1, 2021