Global Market Insights estimated that the biometrics market will be worth $31 billion by 2023, with future growth driven by consumer-facing applications like mobile authentication. Consumer electronics, healthcare, banking, and even the home safety industry are integrating advanced biometrics capabilities into their products, services, and operations. This is in part because biometric technology is performing [...]
Biometrics have continued the inevitable migration from the desktop device to the mobile device. Both the mobile industry and the biometric industry have continued to strive for smaller and more capable devices. The past few years have seen the accelerated adoption of biometrics on mobile devices. Most recently, iris biometrics have been added to Samsung [...]
We often hear about the benefits and applications of “multimodal” biometrics; the use of different biometric modalities together (e.g. fingerprint and face) to increase the performance and enrollment flexibility of biometric search and match solutions. There are cases where going multimodal is an ideal solution, but others where it’s not an attractive option. The benefits [...]
The proliferation of digital cameras and facial images has made facial biometrics extremely useful for criminal investigations, and increasingly so for identity applications beyond law enforcement. As with fingerprints, the use of facial biometrics needs to meet certain criteria to make them admissible in court or for whatever legal basis might be required. In these [...]
Millions of people in many parts of the world buy prepaid SIM cards to purchase mobile telephony and data services on a pay-as-you-go basis, as opposed to a subscription and contract. The vast majority of users are attracted to this model of service for its low cost, flexibility, and convenience. But the potential anonymity afforded [...]
Biometrics have been primarily the business of governments for many years, which—for applications like law enforcement, defense, and border control—applied biometric search to “identify” people, essentially verifying their claimed identity.
Today, biometric sensors are ubiquitous, and millions of people are using biometrics many times each day for authentication. It’s now hard to remember a time when the association of biometrics with criminality was reflexive; a notion that collection of my fingerprints—let alone a mugshot— represents accusation and inherent mistrust. This is a powerful paradigm shift for the industry not only in terms of market potential but for the change in how consumers view biometrics [...]
Some form of identity theft is at the heart of most financially-motivated fraud. A proliferation of personally identifiable information (PII) available through social media and other public sources is easily accessible to aspiring fraudsters, while the anonymity of Internet commerce and communication gives them plenty of cover. Illicit call centers troll for private identity data [...]