In 2017, global acceptance of biometric security technologies increased in many areas including banking, retail, healthcare, airports and the public sphere. The use of biometrics in consumer devices, such as the introduction of FaceID in Apple’s iPhone X, helps drive consumer awareness and acceptance.
The use of biometric technology will continue to expand rapidly in 2018. Here are four trends expected to show fast growth in the use and adoption of advanced new technology:
1) Awareness and acceptance of biometrics will continue to grow in the mainstream consumer mind
The use of biometric technologies in consumer products will continue to grow and drive acceptance in consumers. This will also advance accuracy and security. Facial recognition will become a mainstream method for mobile payments, retail shopping, and secure access and use in general.
2) Corporations will increase biometric adoption with greater integration and collaboration
2018 will see increased collaboration across industries, especially biometrics and security. Driving the integration is the standardization and proliferation of cloud-based solutions. This has enabled various solution providers such as smart cameras, access control systems and biometrics to operate in a unified interface. Consumers are demanding fully integrated solutions that are simply managed. We’ll continue to see companies working together to maximize the potential of new technologies.
3) The use of biometrics will continue to expand in the healthcare industry
Biometrics are commonly used to identify hospital personnel and patients, and control access to areas of hospitals and healthcare facilities. Biometrics will be used increasingly to authenticate and allow healthcare professionals access to patient records and medical history in real time. This will enable them to check that patients are getting accurate treatment and medication and help avoid mix-ups and errors in treatments and medications.
Non-invasive or “touch-free” biometrics such as facial recognition and gait recognition will become prevalent in healthcare facilities, health clubs and wellness facilities to identity employees, patients and members and help protect health and hygiene.
4) Biometric use in airports will expand beyond passport control
The number of biometric passports in circulation has reached 800 million. The use of biometric scanners at airport check-in is becoming more common. The next advance is “in-motion” biometrics that will identify passengers without them having to slow down or stop for ID. Rather than showing multiple tokens at check-in, boarding and customs, passengers will themselves be their own, single identity token.
2018 biometric predictions: advanced biometric technologies take off
By Arie Melamed, Jan. 23, 2018, for BiometricUpdate.com
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