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Fingerprint to remain king for consumer devices, but standardization is needed: Frost & Sullivan


New analysis from Frost & Sullivan has found that fingerprint recognition will remain the leading biometric technology in consumer electronics for at least the next few years.

Specifically, the report, Innovations in Biometrics for Consumer Electronics, says that fingerprint will remain king for consumer devices due to its “convenience, cost and quick ROI.” In addition, Frost & Sullivan has found that iris recognition and multimodal biometrics will rapidly grow in the next three years due to their accuracy, although the cost and size of these systems could hinder uptake. As for voice and face recognition, the firm notes growth in adoption is also anticipated.

“The acquisition of Authentec by Apple has kick-started the biometrics trend in consumer electronics and Samsung has also filed for biometric patents, indicating the company’s interest in incorporating biometric scanning into its devices,” Technical Insights Research Analyst Mousumi Dasgupta said. “With the world’s two most popular smartphone manufacturers employing biometric sensors, all major mobile manufacturers are likely to soon follow suit.”

An issue that Frost & Sullivan has also pointed out is that a lack of standardization reduces the ability of biometric software to function across consumer devices. In short, the firm says that “establishing standards will be crucial to allow the use of biometric technologies with minimal integration.”

In addition to the need for standardization, this new report also argues that large-scale implementation could only occur once more established, cheaper biometric solutions are available, given that high costs deter end users.

“The capabilities of near field communication and cloud computing can be combined with biometrics to explore new market opportunities in mobile commerce applications,” Dasgupta said. “In fact, mobile network operators and cloud service providers are expected to enter the biometrics for consumer electronics market to fully utilize the security and convenience offered by biometrics.”

Frost & Sullivan has devoted significant resources as of late to look at the biometrics space and industry. This summer, Frost & Sullivan published a statement in favor of mobile biometric payment systems, arguing the industry must focus on payment security and that biometrics represents the best solution for achieving this. 


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16 Replies to “Fingerprint to remain king for consumer devices, but standardization is needed: Frost & Sullivan”

  1. Thanks Adam.

    I totally agree with you. There is an obvious need to standardize biometric technologies, especially in 2 main areas: implementation and evaluation of sensors.

    Current biometric standard are focused on identification. New needs, linked with the rise of authentication, are emerging. Current standards don’t fulfill requirements in terms of user experience, privacy and security.

    These standards shall set up the foundations of certification processes that can be used to guarantee a certain level of interoperability, consistency and compliance with technical and security regulations for any product that adheres to the standard. This type of certification, which shall be developed alongside other regulators and industry bodies, will build confidence in the use of biometrics at all levels of the value chain, encouraging widespread adoption from the top (vendors) to the bottom (end users).

    To move forward and standardize the authentication market and support widespread adoptions of biometric technology, specifications need to be shared with industry stakeholders, and development shall be continued based on their requirements and inputs. This implies that making the standard available to all vendors, so an ecosystem of hardware, services and solutions based on common foundations can be built.

    In line with these requirements, Natural Security develops an open standard based on specifications for a strong authentication solutions based on biometrics and secure element.

    Natural Security is also a founding member of the Biometrics Alliance Initiative which aim is to define a process for test, certification and approval. It will permit to guarantee levels of security and usability in coherence with needs and international standards, specifically those of the banking and payment processing industry. Further it will provide the necessary test procedures to enable this infrastructure.

    Biometrics Alliance Initiative is intended as a working group providing a forum for users to express their requirements, but also to establish concrete operational recommendations for the use and development of biometric standard with the support of the specialist suppliers. Thus, for biometric technology suppliers, Biometrics Alliance Initiative will offer documentation of user requirements and constraints, based on the direct input and work of the different users. Further it will develop a methodology for the evaluation of biometric solutions, respectful of the transparency and competition, based on objective criteria and developed in cooperation between users and suppliers.

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