Last week at FindBiometrics we prepared for Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which at the time of this publishing is just getting underway. Healthcare Month continued with a look at how biometrics are enabling remote care and the industry news was filled with fingerprints, facial recognition and industry cooperation.
Here is a look back on last week’s top global identity management stories:
Healthcare Month 2016 turned to look at the application of vital sign biometrics last week as we examined the current state of telehealth and remote care. If you’re just joining the featured discussion this week, be sure to also check out our Healthcare Month 2016 Primer.
Talking Biometrics, Getting Ready for MWC 2016
Mobile World Congress is this week in Barcelona, and FindBiometrics is on the scene. Last week, in preparation for the festivities, we posted two interviews that offered a sneak peak into what the major event will hold for biometrics and identity. CEOs from both Delta ID and Sensory, Inc. spoke to FindBiometrics while we also got a sneak peek of Morpho (Safran)’s ambitious presence at the conference.
Here’s a look at how this are shaping up for this week’s major mobile industry gathering:
Two major news items dealt with liveness detection solutions last week. Synaptics added anti-spoofing capabilities to its SentryPoint platform and Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced its FPCLiveTouch technology, which will bring liveness detection to all of its sensor models.
In fingerprint news last week we saw quite a bit of activity in the form of new scanner announcements. FPC announced an under-glass fingerprint sensor solution, SecuGen announced its HamsterPro reader, Synaptics released the Natural ID FS4304 (ideal of side-mounted mobile applications), and Suprema launched BioSign—a mobile fingerprint solution that supports the world’s smallest sensor.
Smart cards were a part of the fingerprint headlines too, with the introduction of the Zwipe ID biometric access control card and the announcement of a new licensing deal between FPC and Precise Biometrics aimed at the smart card market. Speaking of Precise, the company released its year-end 2015 fiscal update, and had some very encouraging news to go with it.
It’s just not a news roundup without a look into the FinTech headlines. Last week we learned that the latest PayPal app update supports Android 6.0 fingerprint authentication, while HSBC began offering multimodal options to its customers. Qualcomm made the news too, with its Qualcomm Haven solution bringing biometric security to Tencent’s WeChat mPayment system.
Facial recognition was a big presence in last week’s industry news, with Morpho announcing that Samsung will be integrating its face biometrics tech into upcoming smartphones. The Safran company will also be bringing its facial recognition tech to the GSMA Mobile Connect platform.
In Jamaica facial recognition is set to play a bigger role in passport issuance while, stateside, the modality is keeping Texas transit lines and the Otay Mesa border crossing safe from human threats.
Last week the IBIA congratulated the progress made between the United States and Europe in terms of ongoing privacy and data flow negotiations. Meanwhile, Hoyos Labs teamed up with NIST to improve the testing initiatives underway regarding contactless fingerprint scanning, and W3C announced that it is developing FIDO-inspired web authentication guidelines. Finally, we saw an investor update from BIO-key in a CEOLIVE video addressing the company’s key partners and technologies that position it so well going forward into 2016.
Here’s a look at how partnerships and collaboration made the identity news last week:
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February 22, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter