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Microsoft to support Fido biometrics

February 18th, 2015

Windows 10 will support the next version of the Fast Identification Online (Fido) Alliance technical specifications, Microsoft has announced, allowing users to unlock their devices using biometric authentication instead of passwords. “Transitioning away from passwords and to a stronger form of identity is one of the great challenges that we face in online computing, and we believe Fido authentication is the pathway to success,” says Microsoft’s Dustin Ingalls.

India moves to mobile payments

February 11th, 2015

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has published the first draft of a specification that will be used to introduce an electronic payments system that leverages both mobile payments and Aadhaar, India’s biometrics-based ID system. “This Unified Payment Interface document provides a payments architecture that is directly linked to achieving the goals of universal electronic payments, a less cash society and financial inclusion using the latest technology trends,” NPCI says.

Generation Z prefers biometrics to passwords

February 9th, 2015

Three quarters (76%) of the UK’s “Generation Z” consumers — aged between 16 and 24 — say they would feel comfortable making a payment using biometric security, a survey conducted by Opinion Matters for Visa Europe has revealed, and 69% believe it would make their lives faster and easier. Overall, Generation Z rated biometrics as a 7 out of 10 compared with non-biometrics at 6 out of 10.

NXP CEO: China will be next major NFC payments market

February 6th, 2015

Chip maker NXP will focus on the “significant” Chinese market for mobile wallets, the firm’s CEO has said, as the company revealed a 40% increase in sales for its emerging ID business in a fourth… More

Mobile biometrics market to be worth US$33.3bn a year

February 4th, 2015

By 2020, smart mobile devices will include embedded biometric sensors as standard, according to research conducted by Acuity Market Intelligence, creating a US$33.3bn a year market for biometric products and services. Authentication fees from 825bn… More

Spanish airline lets customers tap to add contactless card to app

January 29th, 2015

Passengers can now add a payment card to Spanish low-cost airline Vueling’s app and use it to pay for flights, just by tapping a contactless credit card to their NFC phone. Those without an NFC… More

Cachet adds prepaid cards to Apple Pay

January 28th, 2015

Prepaid card issuers using Cachet Financial Solutions’ Select Mobile Money white label platform can now offer their customers a way to charge Apple Pay transactions to their prepaid account balance, the company has announced. “iPhone… More

Descartes offers ear verification for mobile devices

January 23rd, 2015

Descartes Biometrics has unveiled Helix, an ear detection and recognition technology that uses a smartphone owner’s unique ear features to lock and unlock their mobile device. “Helix does not require any additional hardware and is capable of processing any qualifying image containing an ear,” the company says. “Possible applications include banking, travel, medical and personnel attendance solutions, as well as application, device and building security.”

Android devices get multifactor biometrics

January 23rd, 2015

Voice control specialist Sensory has released AppLock, a mobile app that can secure other apps on any Android device with multifactor biometric authentication. “This authentication can use the camera to see the user’s face or the microphone to hear their password or both simultaneously for maximum security needs,” Sensory explains. “In just a few seconds, the user can enroll his/her face and voice by simply looking at the phone while speaking the passphrase at the prompts.”

Juniper forecasts biometric authentication market

January 22nd, 2015

More than 770m mobile apps that make use of biometric authentication will be downloaded annually by 2019, up from 6m this year, Juniper Research predicts. “Fingerprint authentication would account for the overwhelming majority of such apps in the medium term, driven by increasing deployment of fingerprint scanners within mid-range smartphones,” the researchers say.

ViewSonic gives glimpse of smartphone with iris scanner

January 15th, 2015

Projector and display manufacturer ViewSonic has released a teaser video for a smartphone equipped with iris recognition that would enable users to unlock their phone, files and folders as well as authenticating mobile payments. The… More

Spain pilots contactless ID cards

January 15th, 2015

The Government of Spain is piloting a contactless ID card in Lleida that can be read using an NFC device. The card will be used initially for authorisation services such as collecting packages by mail or courier, for schools to authorise child excursions or to collect medication from pharmacies. The DNIe 3.0 card is expected to be progressively rolled out across the country.

HyprKey unveils biometric mobile wallet add-on

January 9th, 2015

A US startup is taking pre-orders for a biometrically secured mobile wallet, consisting of a payment app and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-based “bio-sticker” attached to the back of the user’s phone. The system, shown at… More

BMW offers contactless credit card that can unlock and start hire cars

January 7th, 2015

BMW has partnered with MasterCard to offer an NFC-enabled contactless credit card that makes it possible to hire, unlock and operate a BMW or Mini from a car rental fleet that has more than 2,800 vehicles… More

Mobile payments platform Sixdots goes live with multiple banks in Belgium

December 8th, 2014

Customers of nine banks representing 80% of the Belgian market can now make use of Sixdots, a mobile wallet service that uses a combination of QR codes and a six-digit PIN to make payments in… More

LoyaltyGrid uses NFC tags to let luxury brands reward their customers at the point of sale

November 6th, 2014

Dutch startup LoyaltyGrid has unveiled a solution that lets luxury brands use NFC tags embedded in product packaging to guarantee the authenticity of their products — and deliver rewards, discounts, exclusive content, invitations to special events… More

Canadian banks pilot biometric wristband payments

November 3rd, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), MasterCard and other Canadian issuing banks have begun pilot testing an NFC version of Nymi, a biometrically authenticated wristband that uses the wearer’s unique cardiac rhythm to verify their identity. More

Bill Gates talks Apple Pay, NFC, Bitcoin and mobile money

October 7th, 2014

“Apple Pay is a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates… More

Panasonic takes NFC to the air

September 18th, 2014

Panasonic Avionics is to add NFC to the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems it supplies to airlines, providing a way for passengers and crew to make contactless payments and for passengers to access a range of… More

Verizon aims to replace usernames and passwords with QR codes

August 28th, 2014

Verizon Enterprise has introduced Universal ID, a service designed to replace usernames and passwords with a QR code that consumers can scan with their mobile phone to gain access to a website or app. “Users… More

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