News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month Begins

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

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month BeginsMarch 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.

Mobile Biometrics Month 2016: The Primer

Industry Experts to Discuss Mobile Biometrics in Exclusive Webinar


News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month Begins

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.

Level 3 Communications Announces Top Themes of RSA 2016

NEC to Showcase Smart Enterprise Solutions at Enterprise Connect 2016

Wearables Going Unsecured in the Workplace

RSA Via Goes Beyond ‘One Size Fits All’ Authentication, Balances Security and Convenience

FIDO Certification Should Burnish Egis Showing at RSA 2016


News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month BeginsIn 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.

PayEase Announces Apple Pay Support

Wells Fargo Bank Now Supports Samsung Pay

Apple Pay Exceeds Expectations in China

NXP Tech Enables Access Control, mPayment Functionality for Nymi Band

Daon Tech Powers MasterCard ‘Selfie Pay’ Authentication

Pakistan Post Office Prepares Biometric Authentication for Pension, Welfare Recipients

New POS Terminal Features Fingerprint Biometrics Tech

HYPR Partners With Cryptocurrency Blockchain Vault


News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month BeginsBehavioral 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.

Balabit Brings Behavioral Biometrics to Blindspotter Security Platform

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Uses Behavioral Sensors

NuData Calls for Shift in Thinking on Fraud Prevention


News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month BeginsIn 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.

Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 4 Type Cover Worldwide

Vivo Xplay 5 Sports FPC Sensor

Aiming for Growth, Zwipe Continues to Build Talent Pool

FPC Class B Shares Increase

Face and Iris

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month BeginsLast 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.

Google Aims To Go Hands Free, Scan Faces With Android Pay

The Bug Chicks Promote Windows 10 Biometrics

New Report Breaks Down Arrows Iris Scanning Tech

Law Enforcement and Government

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month BeginsMorpho (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.

Arizona Introduces Digital Biometric Background Checks

MorphoTrust Wins Fingerprinting Contract With Two State Agencies

Morpho’s SecureIdentity Platform Now Live in the UK


News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month BeginsAt 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.

Accenture to Advise Gov’t on Patient-Generated Health Data

Multiple Clients to Highlight BIO-key Tech at HIMSS 2016


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