HID Global names key 2017 trends in ID technology

January 12, 2017 - 

HID Global predicts the top 2017 trends in the use of identity technology that will lead to increased adoption of mobile devices and smart cards, a greater reliance on the cloud, and a new vision of trust in smart environments and Internet of Things (IoT).

These trends will impact the way trusted identities are used with smart cards, mobile devices, wearables, embedded chips and other “smart” objects, particularly in compliance-focused industries like government, finance and healthcare markets.

By moving away from legacy systems to NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy and advanced smart card technology, the new transition will meet the continually changing needs of enterprises and governments around the world.

HID Global also finds that these 2017 trends are based on the previous adoption of mobile identity technology in 2016, such as the customer deployments of broad mobility solutions.

“HID Global has forecasted top trends based on our broad view of the market in close collaboration with customers and partners who are assessing and deploying innovative solutions across markets worldwide,” said Stefan Widing, president and CEO of HID Global. “We have been at the forefront of major technology shifts over the years and HID Global believes 2017 will mark an important phase in the industry, as organizations seek to use the broadest range of smart devices ever.

“This will directly impact how customers view and use trusted identities on both mobile devices and smart cards for more activities in more connected environments in the years ahead.”

HID Global highlights four key trends in 2017 that will impact the way organizations create, manage and use trusted identities in a wide range of existing and new use cases.

First, the stronger adoption of mobile devices and advanced smart cards underscores the need for trusted identities.

This year will see the further consumerization of security, with greater demand from users looking to open doors, login to cloud-based resources, customize on-demand printing of documents, and deploy printed credentials remotely or perform other transactions and activities using trusted IDs on their phone, wearable or smart card.

The second trend is a greater focus on the cloud through the use of hybrid solutions combining on-premises and the cloud to develop common management platforms for digital IDs.

Organizations are recognizing the need for an interdependent relationship of technologies and platforms for business agility, cost management and providing a seamless user experience within a mobile workforce, or for digital commerce and relationship management that continues to require more reach, flexibility, security.

The third trend is the emerging IoT uses cases to connect more people, places and things, which increases the need to expand on an Internet of Trusted Things (IoTT) ecosystem.

Trusted identities will increasingly be used to help secure, customize and improve the user experience across a wide range of industry segments that are deploying IoT.

Finally, the fourth trend is embedding trusted identities more deeply in daily activities for businesses and consumers.

Trusted identities will become an embedded feature of more use cases instead of solely an add-on capability. This move towards “security by design” will create more convenient methods of using digital identities across a growing range of activities, services and industries.

These four key trends of 2017 will drive new user experiences that are customized to vertical market requirements in the areas of banking, government, and healthcare.

HID Global predicts the dramatic shift in the use of identity technology will drive industry trends in 2017, along with new solutions and capabilities that improve the overall user experience for years to come.

Previously reported, HID Global created an Optical Secure Media (OSM) Multitech card that it says is one of the most secure citizen ID cards on the market.

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