May 1, 2013 -
A new report on the global mobile security market is now available from Visiongain, and in it, the research firm suggests the value of the global mobile security market will reach US$3.49 billion this year.
According to the report, the mobile security market is set for substantial growth over the next five years as research shows that the increased proliferation of smart mobile devices is driving a market for complementary mobile services in management and security.
Over the last two years, many hardware providers have been looking to integrate biometrics as a part of their offerings, in particular, as an additional layer of security. Many devices today leverage facial recognition, using the user-facing cameras on tablets or smartphones and also voice recognition and identification. In addition, many smartphone manufacturers — including Apple – are looking to add fingerprint sensors to their newest phones.
A provider of fingerprint sensors, aimed particularly at smartphones and tablets, Fingerprint Cards, has seen significant growth serving this market.
Reported previously, Fingerprint Cards has been receiving a large amount of orders and design-wins as of late. As we’ve noted in BiometricUpdate.com, Fingerprint Cards has announced several design-wins in China and Japan, as well as a third Asian country in the last 6 months.
Last year, Apple bought Authentec, a manufacturer of fingerprint sensors for US$356 million and there has been wide speculation since that the company’s newest iPhone will include a fingerprint sensor.
Though the company remains notoriously tight-lipped about its business and upcoming product launches, the inclusion of this sensor is said to have delayed the delivery of the next iteration of iPhones.
As we reported in March, leaked photos purporting to show components from the new iPhone cast doubt on a fingerprint sensor embedded in the device’s home button.
We’ve written extensively about smartphone biometrics and mobile security, and as the Biometrics Research Group argues, it’s likely the next round of smartphones will incorporate biometrics to some degree, and it’s expected that this integration will be driven by major manufacturers.