Biometric suppliers offer insights into virus situation
20 May 2020 15:54 GMT

The Biometrics Institute asked nineteen of the world’s leading suppliers of biometric technology and services have come forward with effective and responsible biometric solutions, viewpoints and ideas to adapting to a world changed by COVID-19.

The Biometrics Institute asked its members to offer solutions and concepts in a time of a pandemic to help build a resilient, international response. The submissions include, but go beyond, how biometric technology can help reduce virus spread in offices, hospitals, airports, and secure locations which rely on fingerprint readers, card access or manual processes and address questions about contactless products and hygiene. Member organisations submitted papers outlining solutions from secure election e-voting, user verification in healthcare to contactless payments and remote onboarding. The document covers evaluating air traveller temperatures, retrofitting fingerprint readers with disinfecting technology and the implications of masks and gloves.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Biometrics Institute has launched several new initiatives to provide its members with timely and trusted information. These include a survey on contactless fingerprint scanners which was released to members last week.

“As the world faces new and unprecedented challenges, opportunities arise. Building a resilient community and providing a trusted source of information is extremely important. We focused the submissions for this report on addressing critical questions organisations are facing at this time and asked our members to explain how any available solution is effective in this crisis. As usual, our community has proved themselves to be agile and versatile in coming up with answers to the new questions the world is being asked.”

Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute