Border tech and mobile ID emerge as biometric industry trends
04 August 2016 15:11 GMT

Mobile ID and biometric border security have emerged as the top industry trends over the past year, according to an annual survey of Biometrics Institute members conducted by the body.

The body’s survey found that while those two trends dominated overall, that geographic and role-based differences also came into play in assessing important trends.

For instance, while border security and mobile eID emerged as the most significant trends for respondents in Australasia, in Europe the dominant developments were mobile ID, mobile payments and mCommerce.

In terms of a role-based splits, in a sample of 100 suppliers the majority chose mobile ID, mobile payments and mCommerce, while 77 users stated that border control was the most important area seeing changes.

This year, the sample of members comprised 50% suppliers, 40% users and 10% academic or other members.

In terms of most significant developments anticipated in the next five years, a majority of the BI survey respondents said mobile ID, mobile payments, online customer authentication and border security.

The main business areas in which the most significant future implementations/uses of biometrics were expected to be were Financial Services (32%) and Border control/Immigration (22%).

Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute, said on the findings: "Whilst developments in the Border Control space are continuing to be relevant, the use of biometrics for Mobile ID was seen as the other most significant development in the biometrics world over the last 12 months. This is expected to develop further over the next few years, specifically in the use of biometrics to make mobile payments and online customer authentication.”

“As in previous years, the survey again confirms that issues around Privacy and Data protection and building consumer trust in biometrics are areas constraining the biometrics industry hence will remain key areas of focus for the Biometrics Institute in the next year. We continue to work on the development of a Privacy Trust Mark which aims to give consumers confidence in the responsible use of an identity product or service. Creating consumer trust in why their biometric information is being collected and how it is handled, stored and potentially deleted is essential for the success of this industry”, she added.

The report noted that face usurped fingerprint as the biometric modality most expected to feature and only multimodal and iris gained any significant mention in addition to these.

When asked which other modalities may be in contention, Voice also featured highly alongside the four modalities mentioned above.

“Interestingly when asked which area would most benefit from the introduction of biometrics even if it wasn’t already doing so, Healthcare (alongside Financial Services) was very highly mentioned”, notes the report.

The survey was circulated to all Biometrics Institute members, other key stakeholders and media contacts (around 6000 individuals altogether) in May 2016 and closed in early June 2016. Over 200 individuals from around the world responded to the survey.

The full report is now available to Biometrics Institute members at no charge from the website resource library.