Biometrics Institute releases results from 2017 industry survey

July 31, 2017 - 

The Biometrics Institute has released to its members the full report on the findings of the 2017 Biometrics Institute Industry Tracker, which is now in its eighth year.

This year’s survey was revamped and condensed to 20 key questions including a new question probing attitudes to major biometric issues.

The final report provides critical insights into various trends and important developments in the biometrics industry.

“Overall, over the next five years, there is expected to be a shift away from border control/security, mobile payments and, (especially) device access as development areas, towards online identity verification, government mobile applications, online payments/e-commerce and healthcare,” said Isabelle Moeller, CEO of the Biometrics Institute. “Other findings suggested that face dominates as the biometric thought most likely to be on the increase over the next few years, followed by multimodal and iris – all usurping fingerprint. Behavioural biometrics are also on the increase.”

The report found that Europeans had higher expectations for vein, gait, keystroke and signature than the other regions surveyed.

Respondents were asked to what extent they agreed or disagreed with multiple views expressed at Biometrics Institute meetings over the last year or so.

Survey respondents largely agreed with ‘getting the balance right between convenience, privacy & security is challenging’ and that ‘digital identity anchoring and the use of biometrics visa data sharing arrangements with government agencies would be a positive’.

The survey was distributed to all Biometrics Institute members, other key stakeholders and media contacts — approximately 6,000 people altogether — in May before it closed in early June. A total of over 230 individuals from around the globe responded to the survey.

The survey results will be discussed at the upcoming Biometrics Institute events including the Biometrics Congress 2017 in London on November 1-2 and the Showcase Australia in Canberra on November 15.

Earlier this month, Biometrics Institute named Ideco Biometric Security Solutions director Francois Vermeulen as the new head of the organization’s Technology Innovation Expert Group (TIEG).

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