Biometrics Research Group releases border security special report

June 27, 2016 - 

Biometrics Research Group, Inc., publisher of BiometricUpdate.com, recently released an updated Special Report that provides an overview and synopsis on biometrics border security.

Biometric Update Special Reports provide analysis and competitive industry intelligence for the global biometrics industry including market size, multiple industry segments, venture capital and other business opportunities, along with in-depth profiles on the best emerging companies and solutions.

The research vendor’s Special Reports are sponsored by leading firms within the biometrics sector and this report was sponsored by Crossmatch.

According to the new BiometricUpdate.com Special Report, Biometrics Research Group, Inc. expects continued growth of biometrics usage for border security by the U.S. government. The ongoing effects of these requirements are that other countries will also require enhanced travel documents that encapsulate biometrics. The European refugee and migrant crisis will also increase biometric usage at international port-of-entries.

It is the research vendor’s contention that future spending for biometric technology by government will be extremely strategic. As the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States has noted, biometrics will be a key set of technologies will provide enhanced security features to protect U.S. borders in the immediate term.

Currently, the use of the fingerprint identifier is an important tool for U.S. national security, because fingerprints taken are compared with similarly collected fingerprints at U.S. ports-of-entry. This helps verify identity to reduce use of stolen and counterfeit visas, and protect against possible use by terrorists or others who might represent a security risk to the United States.

All areas of the U.S. government concerned with homeland security will want to expand the usage of fingerprint recognition for border verification. Historically, legislation and government implementation have been catalysts for the use of advanced technology. As a result, associated budget spending outlays for biometrics, designed to heighten homeland security will increase, but Biometrics Research Group believes that this increase will be at a measured pace due to U.S. budget constraints and sequestration.

If any potential for faster government spending on homeland security occurs within the next two years, Biometrics Research Group projects that it will come through immigration reform. Previously proposed bipartisan Senate frameworks would have potentially introduced biometrics to Social Security identification cards and would also have required the Department of Homeland Security to complete a system to collect biographic data.

Republican Senators in the past have also attempted to establish a biometric exit system which would collect the fingerprints of foreigners departing the United States. While initially rejected, such a system, if ever implemented, would cost several billion dollars. The outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election will be a major influence on the U.S. approach to homeland security and whether such security measures will be implemented and whether such spending will increase at a faster pace.

Biometrics Research Group Inc. projects that the global biometrics market will grow to US$35.5 billion by 2020 from its 2015 value of US$15 billion. Half of this value, the firm estimates, on a dollar adjusted for inflation basis will be spent by global governments on border security and law enforcement applications.

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Rawlson O’Neil King is a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com and is an experienced communications professional, management consultant, trade journalist and author who recently published a book about control and electronic networks and who has written numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals about smart home and building technologies. Follow him @rawlsonking2.