Military Demand for Iris and Facial Biometrics Growing: Report

The security applications of biometric technology have long been clear, and the next few years will see adoption of the technology continue, according to a new report from market research firm Technavio. Entitled “Global Military Biometrics Market 2016-2020”, the report predicts a CAGR of seven percent for this market for the forecast period.Military Demand for Iris and Facial Biometrics Growing: Report

The report highlights the prominence of fingerprint biometric technology, citing examples like the US military’s use of Crossmatch Secure Electronic Enrollment Kits to register the biometrics of citizens in Afghanistan. But facial recognition is going to play an increasing role, especially in surveillance and border security applications, due to increasing concerns about terrorism and mass migration. This particular modality is expected to see nine percent CAGR in the military market for the forecast period.

The rate of growth will also be seen in iris recognition. While this modality is starting to emerge as an important biometric technology in consumer electronics and particularly smartphones, Technavio defense research analyst Moutushi Saha asserts in a report summary that the “US military has been using iris scan technology for over a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan to authorize selected individual’s entry into the military facilities in the US bases.” Such access control applications will continue to be important, but iris scanning is also finding its way into other areas such as passport control and civil ID, as seen in India’s Aadhaar program.

Technavio’s full report can be ordered through the company’s website.

December 15, 2016 – by Alex Perala