Biometrics Institute publishes 2013 industry survey findings

August 6, 2013 - 

The Biometrics Institute has just published the results of its annual biometrics industry survey and again expects that facial and fingerprint biometrics will remain prevalent modalities over the next year.

The annual survey, now in its fourth year, aims to provide insight into trends and developments in the biometrics industry on a year-to-year basis. This past year, the survey was sent to all members of the Biometrics Institute and a handful of other industry participants and a total of 276 responses were recorded.

Reported previously, the institute launched the 2013 survey in late May.

According to the institute, among this year’s survey findings is the fact that biometrics at the border and the adoption of biometrics in everyday activities are seen as the two most significant developments in the industry this past year; everyday life adoption is seen as the development expected to be the most significant over the next five years; and mobile implementations are widely expected to be a focus for coming years.

“The Adoption of Biometrics in everyday life is again seen as the most significant development in the next few years,” Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute said. “This confirms the discussions we have seen amongst our members at the various Biometrics Institute events including questions about the use of biometrics on mobile phones, for physical access to homes or payment of school lunches.”

Also from the survey results, the two main market restraints are thought to be data sharing and cost, especially considering the poor knowledge of biometrics amongst decision makers. 57% of respondents expected budgets to remain the same as this year, with 15% expecting it to be increased and less than a third saying budgets will be lowered.

The Institute says it expects facial and fingerprint biometrics to remain the main “purchases” during the next year, followed by iris and voice.

The Executive Summary of the survey has been published online, though full access requires a membership. More information is available on the Biometrics Institute website. 

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