MasterCard research shows New Zealanders embracing digital payments, biometrics

New research from MasterCard shows New Zealanders are embracing digital payments with 49% expecting mobile devices, biometrics and wearables to replace cash in ten years’ time, according to a report in NetGuide. In fact, 36% of consumers surveyed said they could live without cash and only use emerging payment technologies in just a few years’ time and 41% of people say they would already consider using contactless technology on their smartphone. When asked about new payment technologies, 44% think mobile

Biometric smartphones are officially mainstream: Acuity Market Intelligence

According to research firm Acuity Market Intelligence, biometric smartphones are officially mainstream. More than 200 smartphones incorporating fingerprint, iris, and eye-vein biometrics been introduced since Q1 2013 under 70 brand names including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, TCL, Oppo, Vivo, and ZTE. Acuity projects that 600 million biometric smartphones are currently in use representing 28% of the global installed base. According to Maxine Most, Acuity Market Intelligence Principal, “This explosion of biometric smartphones is just the beginning. The number of models

IDEX receives production order for its Cardinal touch fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint technology firm IDEX ASA announced this week that it has received an initial commercial volume production order for its Cardinal touch fingerprint sensor for a tier-one mobile handset. IDEX expects to commence shipments to fulfill the order during the second quarter of 2016. The Cardinal sensor offers customers an affordable compact, silicon fingerprint touch sensor solution with very low power consumption. This production order follows the IDEX’s design win announced last December with the OEM smartphone manufacturer for a

Police in Norway to force suspect to unlock smartphone with his fingerprint

Nordhordland District Court in Norway is allowing Norwegian police to force a man under police investigation to unlock his smartphone with his fingerprint, according to a report by MacRumors. Police in Norway recently went to court to force a 27-year-old drug suspect to unlock his smartphone using the mobile device`s embedded fingerprint reader in order to secure evidence for their case. According to local media reports, police believe the phone contains evidence about where he obtained the drugs that he

Two Chinese smartphone brands order fingerprint technology from Q Tech

Two unnamed Chinese smartphone manufactures have ordered approximately five hundred thousand units of fingerprint recognition modules from Q Technology Company Limited. Q Technology expects that its fingerprint recognition business will diversify its businesses and will help broaden its revenue base. The company says it is one of four fingerprint recognition module suppliers worldwide verified by Fingerprint Cards AB and has also has established strong relationships with other major fingerprint sensor providers. In a statement, Q Technology says the two new

Google, Movidius aims to make smartphones see on their own

Google is working with Movidius to incorporate powerful image recognition technology into smartphones. The two companies entered into an agreement whereby Google will source Movidius processors along with the entire Movidius software development environment for its mobile devices. In turn, Google will contribute to Movidius’ neural network technology roadmap. The agreement enables Google to accelerate adoption of machine learning applications in its mobile devices. Reportedly, the technology will “allow the next generation of smartphones see on their own” and provide

FPC and Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology in Lenovo K5 Note

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) and Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology has been integrated into the latest Lenovo K5 Note smartphones. The Lenovo device uses Precise Biometrics’ product for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile and the FPC1035 touch fingerprint sensor. Just last week, Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics announced that its fingerprint technology has been integrated into the latest Meizu Meilan Metal “Telecom version” and Coolpad Note 3 Lite smartphones. Previously reported, Fingerprint Cards will issue its 2015 year-end report

Synaptics shows off new under glass fingerprint sensor solution

Synaptics, a leading developer of human interface solutions, recently demonstrated its Natural ID fingerprint authentication technology under greater than 200μm cover glass, illustrating the potential of button-free industrial designs for smartphones. The versatile new fingerprint sensor solution is designed to operate through glass buttons as well as thicker cover glass. Synaptics’ under glass fingerprint solution is deemed a significant advancement and a critical next step to putting capacitive fingerprint sensors under the smartphone cover glass. In a statement, Ritu Favre,

Two new smartphone integrations for FPC and Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology

Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) and Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology has been integrated into the latest Meizu Meilan Metal “Telecom version” and Coolpad Note 3 Lite smartphones. The devices both use Precise Biometrics’ product for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile. The Meizu device uses the FPC1155 touch fingerprint sensor, while the Coolpad device uses the FPC1025 touch fingerprint sensor. It has been a busy start to the year for the two companies. Just last week Fingerprint Cards (FPC)

FPC nominated for Telekompriset 2015, announces new integrations with Precise Biometrics

Fingerprint Cards AB announced today that it has been nominated for a Telekompriset 2015 industry award. Telekompriset or Telekom Prize acknowledges companies and individuals who have excelled in the telecommunications industry and is awarded by the independent Swedish newsletter Telecom News. The winners will be announced at the Telecom Gala in February. Fingerprint Cards (FPC) and Precise Biometrics also announced today that its fingerprint technology has been integrated into the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Quanwangtong and QiKu Flagship Ultimate smartphones.