Touch ID

Republic Bank Offers Touch ID, Eyeprint ID Security for Mobile App

Republic Bank Offers Touch ID, Eyeprint ID Security for Mobile App

Kentucky’s Republic Bank has enabled two different biometric login options for its mobile banking app. One of the new password replacement options is the fingerprint scanning Touch ID system found on all new iPhones and iPads. It’s an increasingly popular login system for a range of banks, offering an easy-to-use and relatively secure password alternative.…

Over 50 Card Issuers Add Support To Apple Pay

Over 50 Card Issuers Add Support To Apple Pay

More than 50 new card issuers have been added to Apple Pay’s roster of supporters. Once again, the mPayment service’s latest batch of supporters is mostly composed of smaller and more local financial institutions such as Houston Highway Credit Union and Sundance State Bank, since Apple has already garnered the support of most major national…

1.6 Billion Mobile Fingerprint Sensor Shipments in 2020: IHS

1.6 Billion Mobile Fingerprint Sensor Shipments in 2020: IHS

The mobile device fingerprint sensor market is currently in a phase of “explosive growth,” according to IHS. In a new report, the business and industry analysis firm asserts that fingerprint sensor shipments rose from 316 million to 499 million between 2014 and 2015, and will reach 1.6 billion in 2020. The report asserts that Apple,…

All US Bank Cards Now Apple Pay Compatible

All US Bank Cards Now Apple Pay Compatible

US Bank customers who use its FlexPerks American Express Cards can now sign them up for Apple Pay, the bank has announced. The move completes US Bank’s Apple Pay support, with all US Bank cards now compatible with the mPayment service. As with so many other banks that have offered Apple Pay support since its…

New Apple Patent Describes Bezel-Based Touch ID

New Apple Patent Describes Bezel-Based Touch ID

Apple has been granted close to 40 new patents this week. In addition to an innovative system for tracking a moving humanoid form through a 3D map, the roster of patents also includes systems related to haptic feedback and biometric scanning. One of these interesting systems enables multi-touch haptic feedback. Essentially, the system would allow a…

Nearly 1,000 US Card Issuers Support Apple Pay

Nearly 1,000 US Card Issuers Support Apple Pay

Apple could soon hit the 1,000 mark for US card issuers supporting its mPayment platform. The company updated its list of supporting institutions with 58 new banks and credit unions. As AppleInsider points out, most of these new supporters are local institutions and none are big names. But the sheer quantity in the batch has…

iPhone 6S Plus Touch ID Analyzed in New Report

iPhone 6S Plus Touch ID Analyzed in New Report

System Plus Consulting has reverse engineered the iPhone 6s Plus Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and details its findings in a new report. SPC finds some powerful technological sophistication behind the device. Its 12.5×10.9 mm sensor is encircled by stainless still ring on an aluminum base, with a sapphire window enclosing it. The sensor has a 500ppi pixel…

Use Touch ID To Login to VLC App

Use Touch ID To Login to VLC App

The VLC mobile app now offers Touch ID support, its eponymous maker has announced. VLC is a platform designed to let users watch media in formats that Apple’s iTunes doesn’t support. Its latest update offers a number of improvements including updated Apple Watch compatibility, split-screen viewing options on newer iPads, and, as aforementioned, biometric unlocking…

Avidia Bank Is Now Apple Pay Compatible

Avidia Bank Is Now Apple Pay Compatible

Another US bank has come into the Apple Pay fold. Massachusetts-based Avidia Bank has announced its debit and credit cards are now compatible with the mPayment service. In a press release, Avidia CEO Mark O’Connell highlighted the technological sophistication of the platform while also pointing to its convenience for customers. “We are proud to be able…

Apple Pay Still Finding Friction Down Under

Apple Pay Still Finding Friction Down Under

Apple is still locking horns with Australia’s major banks as the company negotiates to extend the presence of its mPayment platform in the country. Apple Pay recently launched in the country, but, as was in the case in its Canadian debut, it started with only American Express support. That’s because Amex issues its own cards…

Mountain America Credit Union Enables Touch ID, Eyeprint ID Mobile Login

Mountain America Credit Union Enables Touch ID, Eyeprint ID Mobile Login

Mountain America Credit Union has embraced biometric authentication for its mobile users, the company has announced. Its mobile app now lets users log in via Eyeprint ID and Touch ID. While banks and credit unions are increasingly embracing Apple’s fingerprint scanning system for user authentication, few have gone the extra step of incorporating an eye-based…

Rumors Of China Apple Pay Launch Surface

Rumors Of China Apple Pay Launch Surface

Apple is hoping to bring its mPayment service to China by February, according to new reports. It’s an ambitious aim, given that China’s is a closed market governed by strict state regulation. But anonymous sources are reporting that Apple has been successful in negotiations with China’s four major banks, and a Chinese developer has attested…

Canadians Get Apple Pay

Canadians Get Apple Pay

Apple Pay has launched in Canada, just as promised – with support from American Express. The move comes as support for the service continues to expand in the US, where it was first launched last fall, with over 100 new card issuers climbing aboard. Right now, Amex card users are the only ones in Canada…

Apple Pay Coming To Canada Tomorrow

Apple Pay Coming To Canada Tomorrow

Apple Pay is expected to make its Canadian debut tomorrow. The launch will be spearheaded by American Express, whose representatives have confirmed that at least some of their customers will be able to use the mPayment service starting November 17th. It’s the fruition of a promise on the part of American Express, which formally announced…

Hawaii Bankers Association, AG Oppose Pro-EMV Letter

Hawaii Bankers Association, AG Oppose Pro-EMV Letter

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin and the Hawaii Bankers Association have come out against EMV or “chip and PIN” technology for payment cards. Their opposition comes at a time of transition in the American payments industry, with new regulations on fraud liability offering compelling merchants across the country to embrace EMV technology at the POS.…

Encap Authentication Integrated into Mydesq Solution

Encap Authentication Integrated into Mydesq Solution

In a major new deal, Encap Security will provide secure authentication technology for a growing fintech startup. Mydesq, the provider of a digital workbench platform for wealth managers, will integrate Encap’s Smarter Authentication platform into its own solution. Essentially, Encap’s platform is designed to turn smartphones into security credentials. It uses contextual data like geolocation…

Financial Biometrics Month: The Benefits of Biometric Banking

Financial Biometrics Month: The Benefits of Biometric Banking

The Concept Biometrics exploded onto the consumer financial market in a big way with payment tech – in 2014 Apple Pay and fingerprint sensor authenticated PayPal transactions saw to that – but when it comes to everyday users scanning their body and handling money, buying things is only, at best, half of the story. Biometric…

iOS Update Causing Some Touch ID Issues

iOS Update Causing Some Touch ID Issues

Some iPhone users are having problems with Touch ID in the wake of the latest iOS update. It seems that while Apple had intended to improve the fingerprint scanning system with its iOS 9.1 update, its alterations have left users of older iPhones – meaning any devices older than the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus…

BBVA Compass Signs On for Touch ID App Login

BBVA Compass Signs On for Touch ID App Login

Financial services institution BBVA Compass has announced an upgrade to its mobile app. In addition to allowing customers to now check routing, account numbers and an up-to-date running balance, the app also now features Touch ID login. That means BBVA Compass mobile app users can now scan their fingers on mobile Apple devices to access…

British Banks To Customers: Don’t Share Fingerprints

British Banks To Customers: Don’t Share Fingerprints

British banks are warning their customers not to allow their fingerprint biometric data to be stored in others’ iPhones for use in Apple Pay purchases. It’s a matter of liability in fraud and disputed transactions, with the banks arguing that such activity will be treated as customer neglect with respect to security, along the lines of…

Scotiabank’s ‘Digital Factory’ to Explore Biometrics

Scotiabank’s ‘Digital Factory’ to Explore Biometrics

Canada’s Scotiabank is undergoing what it calls a “digital transformation,” and to that end has announced a new “Digital Factory” that will bring together about 350 tech-savvy employees to develop new and innovative solutions for the bank. It’s an expansion from the three innovation-focused “Rapid Labs” that the organization has already instituted. There are a…

Is Touch ID Coming to MacBook?

Is Touch ID Coming to MacBook?

Apple has been granted approval for a new US patent that appears to be aimed at bringing Touch ID to the MacBook. As described by Patently Apple, the patent appears to be an expansion of a previous patent approved this past summer. Touch ID is, of course, Apple’s pioneering fingerprint sensor system, which the company…

Touch ID Comes To People’s United Bank App

Touch ID Comes To People’s United Bank App

Another US bank has embraced Touch ID for user login. People’s United Bank users can now log in to their People’s United Bank Mobile App by scanning their fingerprints on their iPhones, the financial services company has announced. As with so many other financial services organizations that have adopted Touch ID for their mobile apps,…

Touch ID Login Introduced to PINACLE App

Touch ID Login Introduced to PINACLE App

Yet another American bank has introduced Touch ID login for its mobile app. PNC Bank, National Association, is promoting the move as an improvement to both the user experience and security of its PINACLE mobile app. Touch ID is, of course, the fingerprint scanning system built into all new mobile devices from Apple. Its implementation…

Lloyds Enables Apple Pay For Customers

Lloyds Enables Apple Pay For Customers

UK-based Lloyds Banking Group has finally enabled Apple Pay for its customers. That means Halifax, Lloyds Bank, and Bank of Scotland customers are now able to use Apple’s mPayment service via their iPhones and Apple Watches. It’s incremental progress for the mPayment service, which launched in the UK in mid-July and has since suffered from…

iPhone 6S Poised To Break Records

iPhone 6S Poised To Break Records

Apple says its newest iPhones are likely going to beat the first-weekend sales numbers of its previous devices. Company spokesperson Trudy Muller says that, given the interest the company has seen since its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus became available for preorder on Saturday, they are “on pace” to exceed the 10 million units…

News Roundup: A Closer Look At Aadhaar

News Roundup: A Closer Look At Aadhaar

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued National ID Month with a featured look at India’s ambitious Aadhaar program. In the industry news we got our first official look at Apple’s second generation Touch ID on the iPhone 6S, a slew of government biometrics headlines and the usual influx of mobile fingerprint integrations. Here’s a look…

Faster Biometrics For iPhone 6S

Faster Biometrics For iPhone 6S

Another September has descended upon us and so we mark another major Apple keynote event. Today at 10AM PDT, Tim Cook and his team took to the stage in Cupertino, California, to unveil the newest iterations of Apple TV, the iPad and the iPhone along with a brand new wearable operating system for Apple Watch.…

New Patent Teases Advanced Touch ID Biometrics

New Patent Teases Advanced Touch ID Biometrics

Apple has been granted a slew of new patents, including inventions related to NFC, the Apple Watch, and Touch ID. The 45 patents were recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. For its Apple Watch, the patents were largely design-related, while the NFC invention appears to extend the capabilities of Apple’s NFC technology…

Australia’s Suncorp Bank Embraces Touch ID

Australia’s Suncorp Bank Embraces Touch ID

Australian financial services organization Suncorp Bank has enabled Touch ID authentication on its mobile app. Customers can now access account balances and other mobile services via fingerprint scan on their compatible iPhone and iPad devices. The move was implemented to improve the user experience and customer satisfaction. Speaking to Computerworld, Suncorp Bank digital banking manager…

Microsoft Aiming to One-Up Touch ID

Microsoft Aiming to One-Up Touch ID

Microsoft is trying to patent a new mobile authentication system that combines fingerprint and gesture recognition. The patent, recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, could apply to future Windows smartphones, tablets, and other devices from Microsoft. The aim appears to be to one-up rival biometric authentication systems, most notably Apple’s Touch ID…

Touch ID Biometrics Implemented by Citizens Bank

Touch ID Biometrics Implemented by Citizens Bank

Another bank has signed on for Touch ID authentication for its mobile app. Citizens Bank, of Rhode Island, announced that the biometric authentication system has been implemented as part of its Bank Better program, an effort “to make banking simple, clear and personal.” Touch ID is pretty good means of reaching such objectives, given the simplicity…

Apple Patent Puts Biometrics in TV Remotes

Apple Patent Puts Biometrics in TV Remotes

Apple has filed three new patents relating to putting biometric user identification on a remote control. The biometric system depicted is very similar to the current Touch ID fingerprint scanning system on the company’s newest mobile devices. The patents essentially revolve around a process by which a remote control device determines a user’s identity via…

Apple Pay Launches in UK

Apple Pay Launches in UK

Apple Pay launched in Britain today, letting Brits use their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus to make in-store payments with over 250,000 merchants. At the moment, there’s a limit to the value of payments that can be made; they’re capped at £20. But that’s set to go up to £30 starting in September. Little else differentiates the…

Maybank Chooses Biometrics For Speed

Maybank Chooses Biometrics For Speed

Though much is made of the security of biometrics, convenience is the true selling point when it comes to the consumer market. Particularly when it comes to operating on the confined space of a mobile device, biometric authentication is easier than password or PIN logins by a staggering amount. And that is precisely the reason…

iPhone 6S Production Starts, Enhanced Biometrics Planned

iPhone 6S Production Starts, Enhanced Biometrics Planned

Industry sources are suggesting that Apple has already started manufacturing its next iPhone. It appears that the forthcoming mobile devices will be incremental upgrades of the latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, retaining their 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes. While few details are currently known, it seems that the most significant…

This Market Firm Predicted The Mobile Biometrics Revolution

This Market Firm Predicted The Mobile Biometrics Revolution

In the latest report from Acuity Market Intelligence, titled The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy, Maxine Most – Acuity’s principal – dedicates the preface to a notable accomplishment that she shared with FindBiometrics. In February 2011, Most and FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill participated in an NDA conference panel, “Future…

Finger Biometric Sensing Pixels: The Next Apple Innovation?

Finger Biometric Sensing Pixels: The Next Apple Innovation?

Apple has filed a patent application that more or less confirms the rumors that have been swirling about its development of a touchscreen fingerprint scanner. The patent is for a system that acquires fingerprint data from “finger biometric sensing pixels” embedded within a screen. It’s a bit abstract but the most obvious application of the…

Could Touchscreen Touch ID Be On Its Way?

Could Touchscreen Touch ID Be On Its Way?

Rumors are swirling that Apple is working on new touch and display driver microprocessors that could allow on-screen fingerprint scanning. Bringing the Touch ID system onto the touchscreen itself would effectively eliminate the need for a home button. The latest rumbling came out of a DigiTimes report, and while that outlet is said to have…

Settlement Reached Over AuthenTec Insider Trading

Settlement Reached Over AuthenTec Insider Trading

A Swiss man has settled up with America’s Securities and Exchange Commission over alleged insider trading of stocks for AuthenTec, a fingerprint biometrics company purchased by Apple back in 2012. The allegation is that Helmut Anscheringer got a tip from a friend related to an executive at AuthenTec that the company was about to be…

Touch ID on a Macbook? New Patent Suggests So

Touch ID on a Macbook? New Patent Suggests So

Apple has received approval for a US patent for a fingerprint sensor system embedded on a laptop or PC. Originally filed back in 2007, the patent essentially paves the way for Apple’s Touch ID system to come to its Mac PCs and Macbook laptops. Touch ID is, of course, the user authentication system now standard…

WWDC: Apple Talks mCommerce and Wearables

WWDC: Apple Talks mCommerce and Wearables

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week with a number of major announcements, including a new music streaming service and new operating systems for mobile and desktop. One of the major revelations liable to go overlooked, though, concerned third party app development for the newly released Apple Watch. Previously, third party apps…

PayPal Announces Touch ID Support

PayPal Announces Touch ID Support

PayPal is now offering Touch ID support for its mobile app, the company has announced. Users of Apple’s mobile devices can now log in using the embedded fingerprint sensor system. In a statement, the company positioned the move as a customer service improvement, emphasizing the password-less system’s ease-of-use and asserting, “we want to make sure…

AnchorID and Partners Bringing Biometric BYOD

AnchorID and Partners Bringing Biometric BYOD

AnchorID, developer of an enterprise-level authentication platform, is aiming to expand its market reach with three new partnerships. Its new partners are Evolving Media Network, Shore Software, and Core Value Systems. AnchorID’s platform is designed to leverage the security capabilities of common mobile devices to boost the authentication security built into its patent-pending system; those…

Touch ID Chosen For Another Banking App

Touch ID Chosen For Another Banking App

Malauzai Software, an Austin-based company specializing in apps that enable mobile and online banking, has announced that it is integrating Touch ID security into its mobile offerings. That will allow Malauzai’s client companies to enable biometric sign-in for their customers. It’s likely a very welcome development for Malauzai’s clients, and indeed some are already singing…

More Advanced Biometrics Tech Coming With iPhone 6S

More Advanced Biometrics Tech Coming With iPhone 6S

Some new details on the next iPhone have leaked, according to an AppleInsider article by Neil Hughes. As with the most recent iterations of the device, the new ‘iPhone 6S’ offers relatively minor upgrades, as opposed to any kind of overhaul or design rethink. Among the bigger changes planned: The new device will have 2…

Touch ID Security Coming to More Financial Services Apps

Touch ID Security Coming to More Financial Services Apps

Digital Insight, a digital solutions provider for the financial services sector, has taken another step into the world of biometric security. The company has announced that it’s going to start integrating Touch ID security into its clients’ mobile banking apps. Touch ID is, of course, the fingerprint-scanning system now embedded on all new mobile Apple…

Guardian Panel Debates Biometrics as Password Killers

Guardian Panel Debates Biometrics as Password Killers

The Guardian has assembled an expert panel to debate the looming demise of the password at the hands of biometrics technology. And while the panel doesn’t reach complete consensus, there seems to be general agreement that biometric technology is the way forward, and that the role of passwords in authentication will increasingly be relegated. For…

Apple Pay Adds Ten New Merchants

Apple Pay Adds Ten New Merchants

Apple has added 10 new merchants to its list of Apple Pay supporters, according to an AppleInsider article. Among the new additions are such high-profile companies as Gamestop and T-Mobile. That brings the official merchant partner count on Apple the Apple Pay website to 68, but, as the article notes, there are many others that…

FIS to Use Touch ID for Cardless ATM Banking

FIS to Use Touch ID for Cardless ATM Banking

Financial services technology developer FIS has announced that it’s going to be embracing biometric security for its FIS Mobile services. Starting next month, users of FIS’ Mobile Banking app will be able to access account services by scanning their fingers using the iPhone’s Touch ID system. The company decided to embrace the biometric system in…

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