Expansion, Acceleration, and Discussion: This Week’s Top Biometrics Stories

The latter is considered a tech unicorn of the UK, offering a growing food delivery platform that will now use Onfido’s selfie-based biometric …
Expansion, Acceleration, and Discussion: This Week's Top Biometrics StoriesExpansion, Acceleration, and Discussion: This Week's Top Biometrics Stories

There’s plenty of variety in this week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ top stories, but if there is a common theme, it might be expansion.

Onfido, for example, is extending its market reach through a new partnership with Deliveroo. The latter is considered a tech unicorn of the UK, offering a growing food delivery platform that will now use Onfido’s selfie-based biometric authentication technology to verify the identities of new drivers:

Deliveroo to Onboard Drivers with Onfido’s Biometric Tech

Meanwhile, NEC is expanding its reach into the digital finance sector through the acquisition of Avaloq, a Swiss multinational digital banking and wealth management company. The acquisition will “further enlarge [Avaloq’s] geographical footprint across the globe,” according to the latter firm’s CEO, and will help NEC’s biometric and AI technologies to reach new end users:

NEC Seeks Digital Finance Expansion with Avaloq Acquisition

A lot of readers also showed interest this week in the news that CLEAR is looking to extend the capabilities of its Health Pass immunity credential app through a partnership with LabCorp. End users are now able to link their Health Pass profile directly to the latter’s patient account platform, which means some will be able to share the results of their COVID-19 tests:

CLEAR Partners with LabCorp to Deliver COVID-19 Immunity Credentials

Then there was some IDEMIA news that isn’t so much about expansion as it is about acceleration. This week the company launched its new Global Fintech Accelerator Card Program, which is designed to help its partners speed up the development and deployment of their various card products, including biometric payment cards:

IDEMIA Helps FinTechs Ramp Up Card Production With New Accelerator Program

Finally, the latest episode of our ID Talk podcast also proved popular this week. This edition is part of our Fall Special Event on Digital Transformation in the Enterprise, in collaboration with ISC West, and features a panel discussion with BioConnect CTO and CISO Courtney Gibson, BIO-key CEO and Chairman Mike DePasquale, and Iris ID Business Development Manager Tom DeWinter:

ISC West Presents: Enabling Digital Transformation with Biometrics and Mobile ID

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

October 10, 2020 – by Alex Perala