What is mobile biometric technology?
Mobile biometrics solutions live at the intersection of connectivity and identity. They incorporate either one or many biometric modalities for authentication or identification purposes, and take advantage of smartphones, tablets, other types of handhelds, wearable technology, and Internet of Things devices for versatile deployment capabilities. Thanks to the versatility brought to the table by modern mobile technology, as well as the proliferation of mobile paradigms in the consumer, public, and private worlds, mobile biometrics are increasingly important.
Whether software based or hardware enabled, whether they match on device or on a secure server, whether they protect smartphone lock screens or identify wanted persons in the field of duty, mobile biometrics solutions account for an increasingly essential aspect of the overall biometrics landscape. There is nary a biometric modality that can’t be integrated into a mobile form factor, and as we have explored in our FindBiometrics webinar series, mobile biometrics are likely to hold the key to how we view and interact with identity as a whole in the near future.
Where can I find mobile biometric technology?
The first answer is obvious: your smartphone likely supports at least one biometric modality, be it fingerprint or iris courtesy of an integrated sensor, or face, voice, or vascular via biometric software the leverages the device’s built-in microphone and camera. Indeed, recent research has predicted that within only a few more years, every single smartphone will ship with built-in biometric technology for authentication purposes.
But consumers aren’t the be-all-end-all of mobile biometrics. Mobile biometrics got their start in law enforcement, and they still play an important role in fighting crime, allowing for the identification of persons of interest in the field. In healthcare, mobile biometric kits can be used to bring electronic health records to makeshift vaccination clinics in remote areas, and in India, mobile finger and iris readers are used to enroll rural citizens in its ambitious Aadhaar national ID program.
How are mobile biometric solutions making a difference?
The leading mobile wallets, which allow users to pay for goods and services at point of sale with their smartphones, use fingerprint and iris biometrics to authenticate transactions.
The growing popularity of mobile biometrics for consumers stoked the demand for integrated biometric security on smartphones so much that, in 2015, a fingerprint sensor manufacturer was the best performing stock in Europe.
Mobile biometric readers were used in the wake of the AsiaAir flight QZ8501 crash to help identify victims, cross referencing biometric traits with national ID databases so that surviving families could be notified.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Mobile Biometrics solutions.
FaceFirst provides a fully automated, user friendly, turnkey mobile and live-video surveillance facial recognition system which generates automated alerts whenever a face match above a user defined probability is reached. FaceFirst has a completely open and scalable, system architecture. FaceFirst technology excels in low resolution environments enabling real-world performance. Products and services: Facial recognition, Justice & Law Enforcement, Physical Access, Mobile Biometrics and Financial Transactional.
Daon is a leading provider of identity assurance and identification and verification software and services worldwide. Our solutions are designed for both enterprise and government, and are currently used to enrol more than 1 million people per day. Mobile Authentication & Cyber Security Identity Management Software Suite Full-Service Identity Management Daon supports customers and system integrators in building enterprise solutions requiring the highest level of security, performance, scalability, reliability and privacy. Our open standards-based software has been selected for use in programs worldwide including Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. Products & Services: Border Control/Airports, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Middleware/Software
MorphoTrak provides the technology and performance trusted by FBI NGI for 10-print, latent, and RISC fast-ID matching and 50% of U.S. State Law Enforcement. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator of interoperable biometric identification systems as well as finger/palm/vein, facial and iris recognition. With 40 years’ experience, Morpho technology serves more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries and is consistently ranked #1 by NIST for enrollment and matching accuracy. For more information, visit www.morpho.com/USA
Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.
Suprema Inc. is a leading global provider of biometrics technology and identity management solutions. The company’s range of products includes fingerprint modules, biometric access control systems, e-passport readers and live-scanners. Suprema’s solutions are featured by integration of the excellent embedded system design capability and the strong backgrounds in theories and algorithms backed by a number of experts having the rich experience and extensive knowledge in the field of biometric solutions, embedded system design and signal processing. Suprema has worldwide sales network in over 120 countries and also a listed company in stock exchange in South Korea (KOSDAQ). For further information, visit www.supremainc.com. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics
Credence ID are executives and engineers with long successful histories in advanced biometric innovation. We were the first to develop commercially successful multi-modal biometric devices and deploy them on a large scale. Our team possesses extensive business and technical experience in Fingerprint, Iris, and Facial recognition technologies. We have a history of successful large-scale, international enrollment and ID programs including US Federal, State and Local Governments, AADHAAR (UID) of India, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Pakistan. Bring Credence to your next biometric project. Products & Services: Border Control/Airports, Financial, Justice/Law Enforcement, Mobile, Fingerprint, Multimodal
Coppernic offers a full range of professional mobile computing solutions dedicated to secure identification and access control and to e-ticketing. They are built for purpose around rugged, powerful and high-performance mobile products (PDA’s and tablets).
SECURE IDENTIFICATION: Authentication of electronic/biometric passports, ID cards, visas, driving licences, credentials, etc. – People identification – Secured access control – Biometric verification of voters during elections.
E-TICKETING SYSTEM: Inspection of any kind of transport titles in mass-transit, real-time information for travelers, sales of travel tickets. Products & Services: Border Control/Airports, Justice & Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control
Nok Nok Labs is the leading provider of strong, FIDO-based authentication to organizations with internet-scale mobile and web applications requiring improved user engagement and security. Nok Nok Labs’ S3 Suite software allows organizations to rapidly deliver multifactor authentication that improves user engagement while reducing fraud and deployment complexity. Products & Services: Financial, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Voice and Speech Recognition
Sensory, Inc. creates a safer and superior UX through vision and voice technologies. Sensory’s technology is widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT and various home electronics. With its TrulyHandsfree™ voice control, Sensory has set the standard for mobile handset platforms’ ultra-low power “always listening” touchless control. Sensory’s TrulySecure™ is changing the authentication landscape with highly accurate voice and facial biometric fusion. To date, Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over half a billion units of leading consumer products. Visit Sensory at www.sensory.com
ZKTeco is a leading global developer and manufacturer of security and time management solutions headquartered in Shenzhen. It is subdivided into 5 business segment/divisions–ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. Its products range from Multi-biometric and RFTD identification Time & Attendance solutions to Access Control solutions like IP-based standalone access control, networked access control panel, readers, and tripod turnstile, from IP Cameras and total surveillance solutions to consumer products, such as intelligent biometric lock, RFID hotel lock. ZKAFIS is engaging in providing economic and reliable AFIS solutions. Products and Services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Middleware / Software, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics , Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.
BIO-key International (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), provides biometric identification solutions that scale to any size application. Our superior matching technology is compatible with EVERY major fingerprint reader manufacturer. BIO-key application engineers are available to assist in identifying the most appropriate fingerprint reader(s) to meet you application needs. Partnering with vertical solution providers, OEMs, and integrators, BIO-key delivers convenient, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solutions to identify and authenticate individuals. BIO-key’s strong authentication is the ideal choice to satisfy industry regulations including HIPAA and FSTC, or to establish user identities as part of an audit trail. NIST ranks BIO-key in the top tier of MINEX and SDK performers. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Logical Access Control, HealthCare Biometrics, Border Control / Airports, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics.
SRI International is an industry-leader in indoor/outdoor iris enrollment and recognition at a distance and on the move since 1995. SRI’s Iris on the Move® family of products perform fast, accurate identity authentication in all lighting conditions. These systems deliver unprecedented security without compromising throughput or ease of use. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Biometrics Security, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance
SecuGen is a world-leading designer and developer of high quality, accurate, rugged, and affordable optical fingerprint recognition technology. We offer FBI- and STQC-certified fingerprint sensors, including the Hamster™ line of fingerprint readers, as well as MINEX-compliant biometric algorithms and developer kits for a wide range of applications. Products and Services: Border/Airport Control, Financial & Transactional, Logical Access, Physical Access, Mobile, Fingerprint Readers.
TOC is a company specialized in the development of identity verification technology and applications which uses biometrics, founded in 2010. Our company relies on a multidisciplinary team comprised of Systems Engineers, Electronic Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Lawyers, Developers, Advertising Agents and Designers, all dedicated to the development and integration of biometric technology systems.
Enabled by its patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, NEXT Biometrics (www.nextbiometrics.com) offers high quality area fingerprint sensors at a fraction of the prices of comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats including Smartphones, Tablets, PC’s, Doors, Time registration systems, Wearables, Payment terminals, Flashdrives, USB-tokens, Key fobs and many more are targeted. Products & Services: Financial, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Biometric Sensors & Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Smart Cards
At AGNITIO we are committed and passionate to working closely with our partners and customers worldwide to help them protect citizens in the fight against identity fraud, terrorism and criminal activity. We aim at providing the most unique and advanced voice biometrics technology that allows identification, surveillance and precise ID verification using the voice. Products & services: Voice / Speech Recognition, Justice / Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics
NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control
Crossmatch Technologies is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. Offerings include biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services. Products & Services: Border Control, Facial Recognition, Financial/Transactional, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Healthcare, Iris Scanners, Justice/Law Enforcement, Middleware Software, Mobile Biometrics, Other.
FotoNation is backed by a decade of experience in detecting and tracking faces and eyes. Now, we’re taking it to the next level. What comes after detection and tracking? Recognition, enabled by biometrics, will help machines recognize what they see. MIRLIN technology makes Iris Recognition Biometrics and Identity Management widely available, highly scalable and more economic for developers and end-users alike. Applications & Solutions: Iris, Border Control/Airports, Financial, Mobile, Physical Access.