This week all eyes were turned to Barcelona, Spain, for Mobile World Congress 2015, which featured more biometrics technology than ever before. With MWC throwing its weight behind digital identity there is no better time to take an indepth look at biometrics in mobile applications. That being the case, we kicked off Mobile Month at FindBiometrics while the industry news filled up with eye-based modalities and government application news.
Here are some of the top identity management news items from the past week:
Mobile World Congress
FindBiometrics, with our sister site Mobile ID World, was in Barcelona this week for the most biometrics-filled Mobile World Congress yet. Multiple smartphones were launched with embedded fingerprint sensors, we saw demonstrations of multi factor authentication and even biometric Internet of Things applications made an appearance. All of that and we heard a strong endorsement of wearable biometric payments from the Royal Bank of Canada.
To kick off Mobile Month we examined the history of consumer-facing biometrics at MWC and drew some conclusions about where the industry is headed based on this past week in Barcelona.
Governments, Schools, Correctional Facilities
As huge as Mobile World Congress was in this week’s news, there was still a lot of activity in the government sectors, law enforcement and education. A new contract between identiMetrics and Harris School Nutrition Solutions will see fingerprint biometrics speeding up lunch lines in many K-12 schools, The FIDO Alliance issued a post on its website praising the government for its support of strong authentications, and a biometric access control solution has been deployed in a Floyd County jail in Georgia.
Meanwhile, New Mexico politician Bill Payne continued to advocate for biometric voter registry and we learned about the technology from Morpho (Safran) that’s helping secure borders in Lithuania.
Here is how biometrics were at play in education, law enforcement, border control and the government this past week:
The human eye was the body part of the week here at FindBiometrics. At MWC EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID made a big splash, finding itself built into ZTE’s new smartphone and also fully integrated into AirWatch. Also impressive was Fujitsu’s demonstration of iris recognition on a smartphone at the Barcelona event.
A new report for Tech-Navio painted a positive looking future for iris recognition while CMITech partnered with Sensormatic, making it the exclusive distributor of CMITech’s iris biometrics in Turkey.
Finally, a new modality hit the scene this week with cornea recognition making headlines as a potentially spoof-proof authentication factor.
Take a look at all the different ways we talked about eyeballs this week:
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March 6, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter