Wearables to drive second wave of biometric adoption: Report
31 October 2014 10:11 GMT

Wearables such as the smartwatch developed by Samsung could be adapted for biometric authentication.

Research and consultancy firm Goode Intelligence has predicted that wearable technology will drive a “second wave” of adoption of biometric authentication following its more widespread use on smart devices.

There will be 604 million users of  wearable biometric technology globally by 2019, estimates the firm in the updated report “Mobile and Wearable Biometric Authentication: Market Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2019”.

“We believe that smartphones and tablets will be the first wave of consumer devices to be biometrically-enabled and this will quickly be followed by wearable technology” said Alan Goode, author of the report and founder of Goode Intelligence.

A first wave that’s seen biometric authentication integrated into the flagship mobiles of Apple, Samsung and Huawei is already being emulated by other device manufacturers, said Goode Intelligence.

The trend is driven by a number of factors including the need to conveniently protect  devices (replacing PINs for device unlock), mobile payment and mobile banking authentication and, will lead into it being integrated into enterprise multi-factor authentication (MFA) platforms.

“The next wave of consumer-led biometric adoption will be led by the integration into wearable technology – smartwatches, bands, ear-pods, jewellery and glasses. The wearable device, thanks to its biometric capability, will become the prime personal authentication device allowing authentication and identity verification for both the physical and logical worlds.”

The firm notes that due to “intense activity” from the world’s largest smart mobile device manufacturers, that there will be 393 million users of mobile biometric authentication by the end of 2014.

“This growth will continue throughout 2015, when we shall also see the emergence of biometric authentication for wearable devices for a wide range of use cases. This industry will continue to witness high growth and widespread adoption around the world for the foreseeable future.”