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    600m mobile devices to include biometrics by 2021

    December 2nd, 2016

    More than 600m mobile devices worldwide will include biometric authentication within the next five years, up from 190m in 2016, with demand for methods that involve less hardware raising the profile of solutions such as… More

    Korea gets BioCA facial recognition solution

    December 1st, 2016

    A facial biometric authentication service for money transfers has been launched by Korea International Trade Association subsidiary Korea Trade Network (KTNET), in collaboration with biometrics provider Daon and the Korea Smart Authentication Corporation. “This jointly developed facial recognition service can be applied to most smartphones equipped with a selfie camera,” The Korea Herald reports. In addition to mobile apps, BioCA can also be applied to immigration checkpoints at airports, keyless automobiles and property entrances. The service is built on Daon’s IdentityX solution and will also support fingerprint and voice recognition.

    Mastercard biometric service rolls out to Latin America

    December 1st, 2016

    Mastercard has launched its biometric Identity Check Mobile service in Brazil and Mexico, the payments giant has confirmed. The service allows cardholders to authenticate online payments by scanning their fingerprint or by taking a selfie. The Latin America rollout comes after “trials in the Netherlands, the US and Canada found consumers preferred biometrics to authenticate payments”, Mastercard adds. The service became available to US financial institutions in 2016, with a global expansion expected to increase in 2017.

    Biometrics in cars to ‘radically transform the driving experience’, report predicts

    November 23rd, 2016

    One in three new cars will feature some form of biometric feature by 2025, a report by Frost & Sullivan’s Intelligent Mobility team predicts, with partnerships between automotive OEMs and wearable providers resulting in faster… More

    Mobile bank offers hand recognition authentication

    November 23rd, 2016

    Dutch mobile-only bank bunq is to offer customers using its app 4 Fingers TouchlessID hand recognition software, developed by US biometrics authentication solutions provider Veridium. The system captures four fingerprints at once offering, the pair says, “a higher level of precision and reliability for authentication than other biometrics such as face, voice or a single fingerprint”.

    New Zealanders confidence in digital payments on increase

    November 21st, 2016

    Nearly three quarters of New Zealanders (72%) trust that payments made via digital and mobile methods are secure, compared to 51% when digital payment methods first emerged, Visa reveals. Those surveyed also believe scanning their fingerprint to confirm or validate payment is a good security measure to prevent fraud.

    Visa and BioConnect work to enable multiple biometrics on mobile apps

    November 14th, 2016

    Visa is working with biometric identity platform provider BioConnect to enable multiple methods of biometric authentication through a single mobile app. This means that if the consumer’s default biometric authentication method fails, they can use… More

    Students develop SMS biometric authentication app

    November 11th, 2016

    Four students from India’s Birla Institute of Technology and Science have developed an SMS-based biometric authentication system for use in rural areas with poor internet connection. The team has developed an Android app to allow fingerprint scans to be taken and then turned into an encrypted, numeric code which can be sent by a simple SMS message. The team’s idea won the grand prize in the Accenture Innovation Jockeys 5 competition earlier this month.

    French hotel and casino group to test biometric smart cards

    November 9th, 2016

    French casino and hotel group Groupe Partouche has partnered with MeReal Biometrics to test the use of biometric smart cards by employees to access secure areas. The initial test of fingerprint-based biometric cards will take place in two of the group’s 42 casino and hotel properties early in 2017. If successful it will pave the way towards a ‘closed loop’ system with all regular guests and 4,500 employees using biometric cards to perform a wide range of payment and access applications.

    European millennials demand higher standards for mobile payments services

    November 8th, 2016

    One fifth of German millennials (21%), more than a third of Dutch millennials (36%) and Italian millennials (37%) and a quarter of UK millennials (25%) are now making mobile payments in-store, online and in-app, research… More

    UK consumers spend £36 every month using mobile payments, study finds

    November 1st, 2016

    British consumers are spending an average of £36.76 (US$44.95) of their monthly disposable income through mobile payments, equating to £1.46bn (US$1.78bn) spent using mobile devices in the UK every month, research released by VoucherCodes reveals…. More

    Smartphone users rate security most important app attribute, survey finds

    October 28th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: More than two thirds of smartphone owners use mobile banking apps, while nearly 80% consider security and reliability the most important attributes of a paid app, says a survey by Gemalto which is… More

    Apple unveils new MacBook Pro with Touch ID integration for Apple Pay payments

    October 28th, 2016

    Apple has unveiled a new version of its MacBook Pro, including Touch ID to allow owners to make secure payments with Apple Pay from their laptop, as well as unlocking the machine and switching user… More

    UK consumers eye up iris scanning for banking biometrics

    October 27th, 2016

    Iris scanning technology has overtaken fingerprinting as the biometric security measure most UK consumers would consider using, with more than a third saying they would be more likely to use a bank that offers biometric… More

    New MacBook Pro to support Touch ID?

    October 27th, 2016

    Alleged leaked images of Apple’s new MacBook Pro show it will come with an OLED touch panel to support Touch ID, MacRumours reports. The touch panel appears to be contextual, changing based on what is on the screen. In the images, an Apple Pay dialogue is depicted, asking a customer to confirm a purchase with their fingerprint on the panel. Apple will unveil a range of new products later today.

    Mastercard to roll out biometric ID service in North America

    October 25th, 2016

    Mastercard will launch its biometric identity verification system across North America in the first half of 2017, with Canadian bank BMO Financial Group the first to offer the service to its corporate customers. Identity Check Mobile was soft launched earlier this year, and uses fingerprint and facial recognition to verify a cardholder’s identity. “Moving this technology beyond the pilot phase is a significant milestone in the evolution of payments,” says Ajay Bhalla from Mastercard. The service was rolled out in 12 European countries earlier this month.

    EMVCo and Fido to deliver biometric authentication standards for mobile payments

    October 24th, 2016

    Fido Alliance is working with EMVCo to provide a new authentication standard for mobile wallet and payments developers, allowing consumers to use certified, on-device biometric verification when making in-store or in-app purchases. The work will… More

    Eckoh and Worldpay conduct first telephone-based Apple Pay transaction

    October 20th, 2016

    Contact centre solutions provider Eckoh has performed the world’s first Apple Pay payment via a telephone call. The proof-of-concept solution, developed in collaboration with Worldpay, will enable telephone-based payments to be taken at call centres,… More

    FNB launches NFC mobile payments

    October 10th, 2016

    Customers of First National Bank (FNB) can now make NFC mobile payments using the latest version of the financial institution’s mobile banking app. “A first in Africa, FNB Pay enables customers to quickly and conveniently purchase goods below R200 (US$14.46) without entering their card PIN,” FNB says. Users can add “any of their FNB cards” to FNB App 5.0 for use with the new feature. The app includes support for fingerprint identification and a version has also been launched for smartwatch devices.

    Mastercard brings biometric authentication to 12 European countries

    October 4th, 2016

    European consumers can now validate online purchases with their fingerprint or face using Mastercard’s biometric authentication service. Identity Check Mobile is now being rolled out across 12 markets: the UK, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,… More

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