Friday, January 26, 2018

Biometric Trends for 2018: increased use, advanced technology

Image of Apple iPhone X

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

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Friday, January 19, 2018

PIN & signature free: New biometric fingerprint-based VISA card

Visa has announced trials of a new EMV* dual interface (on-card biometric chip and contactless enabled) payment card. The U.S. pilot program is with the Mountain American Credit Union which serves five central states. “The world is quickly moving toward a future that will be free of passwords, as consumers realize how biometric technologies can make their lives easier,” says Jack Forestell, Visa’s head of global merchant solutions.

For biometric authentication, a cardholder places a finger on the sensor. The fingerprint is checked against a fingerprint template that was created upon enrollment. The card has built-in green and red lights to indicate a successful or unsuccessful match. The fingerprint template is stored locally on the card for data security and cardholder privacy.

The card can also be used at contactless enabled terminals, allowing the cardholder to tap and pay quickly. Either way, fast convenient payment is made without having to sign a receipt or remember a PIN number. The biometric card is compatible with existing payment terminals that accept contactless- or chip-based payments.

Visa sponsored a recent survey of 1,000 Canadians. The results were favorable towards biometric technology.

* 59% of consumers were familiar with biometric technology
* 85% were interested in using biometrics to verify identity or make payments
* 65% found biometric technology easier to use than passwords
* 57% found biometric technology faster to use than passwords

*EMV (Europay/MasterCard/Visa) refers to a global standard of smart debit/credit payment cards, and the payment terminals and automatic teller machines that can accept them.

Press Here! Visa Begins Pilots of New Biometric Payment Card

Published by BusinessWire, Jan. 14, 2018

Canadians hate passwords, using them wrong, ready for biometrics instead: Visa

By Eric Emin Wood, Jan. 11, 2018 for

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Postal News – using biometrics and technology to improve security and service

Photo of a smart phone showing the USPS Informed Delivery app
Informed Delivery photo courtesy USPS

With 600,000 employees and over 150 billion pieces of mail to process and deliver in a year, improving technology is vital for the United States Post Office (USPS) to manage employees and meet customer needs. Last year, USPS introduced a new service, Informed Delivery, with a cell phone app that gives users digital previews of household mail and easy tracking of package deliveries.

Through new applications and new verification systems – from two-factor, to behavioral, to biometric – the post office has improved delivery accuracy and overall security. 

The USPS is well beyond the manual entry of identification information. For package delivery, postal carriers use bar code scanning/tracking devices with geo-location and frequency distribution analysis that makes sure that the device is in “the right hands at the right location in order to do the right transaction.” A warning message pops up on the device if package activity doesn’t match the delivery plan.

At postal headquarters and in retail stores, two-factor authentication to authorize computer users. Besides password protection, hard or soft digital tokens are used for authentication, such as a 6-digit code sent to a cell phone or other verification device.

The USPS is using fingerprint and facial biometrics in partnership with the State Department and other government agencies. The post office benefits by securely validated employee background checks. On its part, the USPS is working on an identity management strategy that it will offer to other government agencies, as well as expanding its biometric data collection. The post office is in a unique position to gather facial capture data from the 5 million passport applications it processes annually. 

USPS keeping identities safe one delivery at a time

By Steff Thomas, Jan. 9, 2018, for Federal News Radio

New USPS Service Gives You A Peek Into Your Mailbox Before You Get Home

By Cecilia Mazanec, Mar. 27, 2017, for

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Facial recognition speeds check-in, boarding at Australian airport

Photo of passengers using self-service kiosks at Brisbane Airport
Photo credit: Brisbane Airport

Air New Zealand began facial recognition trials last March at Brisbane Airport using Smart Path technology provided by SITA. Passengers checked in at self-service kiosks that used facial biometrics to create a “single secure token” linked to the passenger’s travel documents. Boarding passengers walked through an automatic gate using facial recognition technology to verify that the correct passenger was boarding. No printed pass, passport or other travel document was required. The result? A 70% reduction in processing times for check-in and boarding.

According to SITA Asia Pacific president Sumesh Patel, passengers surveyed want a fast, easy and secure airport travel experience. The challenge is reconciling passenger demand for an efficient, seamless journey with the need for increased airport security.

SITA's 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights report found airports projecting to spend $8.4 billion USD on their 2017 IT budgets, a 20% increase from the $7 billion spent in 2016. Airlines planned to spend $24.3 billion on IT technology in 2017, an increase of 11% from 2016.

SITA found 97% of airlines planned to offer self-service check-in, boarding, and mobile flight status options by 2020. The increase in automated or self-service comes at a time when the number of airline travelers is expected to reach 7 billion by 2035 – double the 3.5 billion current number of travelers. The bulk of that growth is expected to be in the Asia Pacific region.

Brisbane airport is looking ahead to using biometric technology for automated baggage check-in and border crossing. The self-service baggage drop system is already in place and begins testing this quarter. Planning on the use of biometric technology in border crossing is underway with immigration authorities. 

Facial recognition trial saving time at Brisbane Airport

By Jordan Chong, Jan. 4, 2018, for Australian Aviation

Air Transport IT Trends Insights 2017

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