This Week's Top Mobile ID Stories: Apple, Samsung, Facebook... and the Navy

Mobile biometrics and COVID-19 are the themes of the week in the latest roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories.

On the mobile biometrics front, the week saw a couple of intriguing patents come to light. One, from Apple, details how infrared vein scanning can be used to supplement the already strong biometric capabilities of Face ID, the 3D facial recognition system found in Apple’s most recent premium iPhones:

Apple Patent Would Add Vein Biometrics to Face ID

Readers also proved interested in some patent news from Samsung. A filing with the USPTO details how in-display fingerprint scanning technology could scan three fingers at once, in addition to using a personalized gesture or signature for added security:

Samsung Patent Details Three-Finger Biometric Authentication System

This week also saw Facebook enable biometric authentication for its Messenger platform on iOS. iPhone and iPad users can now secure their conversations with Face ID or the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system:

Facebook Enables Biometric Authentication for Messenger on iOS

As for COVID-19-related news, Mobile ID World readers were very interested in the news that the US Navy is exploring the idea of using wearables wristband devices to track adherence to its social distancing guidelines. The military agency has gone so far as to issue an RFI to reach potential partners in the project:

US Navy Wants Wearable Devices to Help Enforce Social Distancing

And in a much more quotidian example of adaptation to life during the pandemic, this week brought news of a remote notarization solution that takes advantage of mobile technology from Mitek:

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Mitek Provides Document Verification Tech for Remote Notary Platform


Stay posted to Mobile ID World next week as we continue to bring you the latest news and interviews from the exciting world of digital identity. To see the hottest stories of the week in biometrics, visit our sibling site FindBiometrics.



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