News Roundup: Fingerprints Are All Over MWC 2017

Last week FindBiometrics was reporting live from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (MWC 2017), along with our sister site Mobile ID World. The conference was filled to the brim with big fingerprint biometrics news, while elsewhere in the industry we reported on national ID, enterprise applications, and contactless modalities.

Take a look back on the biggest stories from the most active week of 2017 in biometrics so far:

Healthcare Biometrics Month Ends, Mobile Biometrics Month Begins

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are all Over MWC 2017We wrapped up our featured coverage on healthcare biometrics last week, rounding up our featured content and event coverage from February. But with the closing of one featured focus comes the opening of another. March is Mobile Biometrics Month 2017, and to kick things off right we published a primer on the state of the mobility space. We also opened registration for our first webinar of 2017, From Revolution to Evolution: The New Mobile Biometrics Landscape. Register now at the link below!

Mobile Biometrics Month 2017: The Primer

Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017: The Roundup

Mobile World Congress

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are all Over MWC 2017Along with the launch of Mobile Biometrics Month, Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona last week and biometrics were once again a major part of the festivities. From the GLOMO Awards, to product launches and reports, and from the exhibition floor to Innovation City where we interviewed GSMA’s head of Applications & Services David Pollington—biometrics and digital identity were all over MWC. Take a look below at our joint coverage with Mobile ID World.

AUDIO: FindBiometrics Speaks With GSMA’s David Pollington About Biometrics and 5G

Mobile ID World at MWC, Day 1: 5G Visions and Fingerprint Sensor Innovation

Mobile ID World at MWC, Day 2: The Exhibition Gallery

GALLERY – Mobile ID World at MWC 2017: Identity is Integral to Connectivity

Samsung SDS Wins GLOMO Award With Biometrics

Mobile Fingerprint Biometrics

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill met with Fingerprint Cards CEO Christian Fredrikson. Stay tuned for the resulting interview.

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill met with Fingerprint Cards CEO Christian Fredrikson. Stay tuned for the resulting interview.

It is fair to say that, in spite of industry-wide trends toward multimodality, fingerprint biometrics hogged the spotlight at MWC 2017. Fingerprint Cards, Goodix, Egis Tech, and Suprema all launched new fingerprint solutions in Barcelona last week, while major OEMs like Xiaomi, Huawei, and even BlackBerry unveiled new devices featuring sensors that enable strong authentication with the touch of a finger.

Outside of the conference we were still talking fingerprints too, with a new Apple patent reviving rumors about the possibility of in-display Touch ID, and a rugged tablet having integrated Suprema’s fingerprint tech. Take a look at all of last week’s major mobile fingerprint biometrics headlines.

Precise BioMatch Mobile Used in Two New Xiaomi Devices

New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

BioWolf LE Integration Could See Suprema Biometrics Tech Supporting Range of Applications

MWC 2017: BlackBerry KEYone Sports First Ever Smartphone Keyboard Fingerprint Sensor

MWC 2017: FPC SenseTouch Brings Pressure Sensitivity to Biometric Sensors

Goodix Announces In-Display Fingerprint Sensor at MWC

MWC 2017: Egis Launches New Fingerprint Sensor Tech

MWC 2017: New Huawei Smartphone Features Under-Glass Sensor

Smart Cards

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are all Over MWC 2017

Biometric smart cards have been a topic of major interest the past few months. Here is Safran Identity & Security’s on-trend solution, complete with embedded fingerprint sensor.

Of course, fingerprints are expanding beyond the smartphone, and last week also had us talking about the new frontier for the modality: smart cards.

MWC 2017: OT’s F-Code Smart Card Replaces PINs With Biometrics

IDEX Receives New Order For Biometric Smart Card Fingerprint Tech

Enterprise ID

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are all Over MWC 2017ImageWare was awarded the 2017 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation, we reported last week, with the growth consultancy highlighting the biometrics company’s enterprise offerings in a statement announcing the award. Meanwhile, we looked back on the recent RSA conference, which served as an example of how and why FIDO Alliance standards are catching on in the enterprise.

FIDO Gets High-Profile Endorsements at RSA 2017

ImageWare Wins New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan

Face and Iris Recognition

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are all Over MWC 2017Face and iris biometrics shared increased attention at MWC last week thanks to the announcement that Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon processor supports both contactless modalities. IriTech and Egis Tech meanwhile, teamed up to attack the new markets emerging from increased connectivity, and we reported on new LEDs meant to enhanced mobile face and iris biometric scanning. Uni-ID embraced Safran’s facial recognition solution too, while new research from Michigan State University shed light on the effects of age on face biometrics.

Study: Facial Recognition Tech Accuracy Deteriorates with Age of Subjects

New Infrared LEDs Designed for Facial, Iris Scanning on Mobile

Uni-ID Technology Brings Safran Facial Recognition to Authentication Platform

MWC 2017: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Features EyeLock Biometrics

IriTech, Egis Tech Team Up to Target AR, VR, Automotive Markets

Business Operations and Corporate Updates

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are all Over MWC 2017Aware announced that its co-CEO, co-President, CFO, and Treasure Richard Moberg is preparing to step down from his many positions with the company. Meanwhile Green Bit Systems appointed a new vice president of sales in the US.

Turning to other business matters, NEXT Biometrics issued its year-end and Q4 2016 update last week, and Precise Biometrics announced the nomination committee proposals for its upcoming AGM. Take a look at the business operations and personnel changes that made the news last week:

Aware Inc. Goes From Dual Leadership to Sole CEO

Nomination Committee Proposals Hint at Precise Biometrics’ Approach to 2017

Strong Sales a Highlight in NEXT Biometrics Corporate Update

Green Bit Appoints New US Sales VP

National ID

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are all Over MWC 2017

National ID made the news last week, with legislation passing in Israel mandating biometric ID. In India, meanwhile, Aadhaar was linked to railway tickets as we considered Safran’s proposal that the ambitious national ID program could have important educational impact in the country.

Aadhaar Could Help Get Kids Back Into School: Safran

Indian Railways to Link Aadhaar to Online Ticketing

Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law


Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout March as we embark on Mobile Biometrics Month 2017. Be sure to register for our webinar, From Revolution to Evolution: The New Mobile Biometrics Landscape, and follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a beat.