Welcome to Planet Biometrics’ In Focus page on mobile biometrics. While use of mobile biometric solutions has evolved in step with the larger biometrics market for some time, the growing ubiquity of smart phones and the rapid and dramatic improvements in their features and performance are accelerating the trend. As a result, mobility is becoming an increasingly important part of the biometrics landscape, and the time is right to take a closer look at mobile biometrics, and investigate in greater depth how they can be used to their potential.

The purpose of this article is to initiate a dialog that ultimately establishes a useful and up-to-date source of information about mobile biometrics that helps the market make the most of them. We’ll continue to add new content, with particular interest in learning about new technologies and products, and how they are faring in the field. Hopefully in the process, we as an industry can educate potential users about what’s possible and also learn about what users are looking for.

Getting us started on the topic, we’ll take a quick review of biometrics, and get squared away on our technology fundamentals and terminology. We’ll then discuss the current state of the mobile biometrics market: applications, form factors, workflows, and products. We’ll finish up with a look at what’s on the horizon in mobile biometrics and speculate on what might be headed our way. Please feel free to contact me with ideas and material that can help educate the market with fresh information.

Why go mobile?

Mobile biometrics are about achieving biometric functionality with portability. Achieving portability means trading one set of physical constraints for another; we trade the power of computer workstations, reliability of power outlets and Ethernet jacks, and predictability of an office-like environment for portable, miniaturized capture and computing hardware in potentially non-ideal, unpredictable environments.

Why is mobility important for biometrics? Biometric tasks can’t always be performed in a controlled environment. Biometrics need to go where people go… outside or in public spaces, for example, and they might be needed somewhere different each day….

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