Due to the markets served by secunet my view on biometrics in 2015 is somewhat biased, but last year biometrics and border control were almost inseparable.
In various regions of the world, Automated Border Control (ABC) solutions have been successfully deployed – either in the form of full-blown eGates or APC kiosks – and a number of EU member states piloted ABC solutions as part of the Smart Borders pilot initiated by the EU Commission and managed by eu-LISA.
With regards to mobile biometric border control, the European Union (EU) Mobile identification interoperability group (e-Mobidig) continues to play a vital role and held a number of very fruitful meetings.
Furthermore, the ongoing refugee crisis has further fuelled the demand for biometric enrolment and verification solutions at the border and for domestic usage. Bearing in mind that barely trained public servants from various public authorities have been deputised to enrol a seemingly endless influx of refugees usability of biometric (enrolment) solutions, this issue has become even more important.
Although biometrics in the non-governmental space is not within my focus, I am happy to acknowledge that the growing acceptance of biometrics by enterprises and the general public has a positive effect on biometric solutions in the governmental space.
Taking into account that smartphones for the consumer market nowadays support a variety of biometric modalities, we will certainly see progress in the area of mobile biometric solutions for border control and law enforcement purposes.
To sum it up, 2015 has been another exciting year for the biometrics industry and I am happy playing an active part in this industry.