Year in Review: Biometrics In Featured Focus

Now that December is here, it’s time to look back and reflect on the year in biometrics. The past 11 months have been fascinating in the realm of biometric identification and strong authentication, with developments across almost every vertical market spurring big change in the ID management arena.

Throughout the year, we dedicated our featured articles section to in depth examinations regarding the various applications and modalities of biometric technology. Looking back on the content produced in our month-long featured themes provides an interesting picture of how the conversation around biometrics developed as the industry evolved into a more mature landscape.


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Healthcare Biometrics in 2016

Year in Review: 2016 In Featured FocusFebruary was Healthcare Month at FindBiometrics, in which we focused on how strong authentication solutions are transforming clinics with patient ID and electronic health records. We also turned our attention to the increasingly fascinating space of home-care and remote monitoring, which is enabled by vital biometrics and connectivity, and which also presents opportunities for biometric authentication.

Healthcare Month 2016: The Primer

Healthcare Month 2016: Biometric Healthcare in the Home

Healthcare Month 2016: Biometrics in the Clinic

Mobile Biometrics in 2016

Year in Review: 2016 In Featured FocusWe were at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, and the major event coincided with our featured examination of mobile identity. March was Mobile Biometrics Month and, in addition to our continued post-MWC coverage, we discussed how biometrics are used to improve user experience on smartphones, and how the mobile biometrics landscape is rapidly evolving. The featured focus culminated in an expert webinar, “Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones, IoT,” which painted a picture of the future for mobile biometrics,

Mobile Biometrics Month 2016: The Primer

Mobile Biometrics Month 2016: 4 Ways Biometrics Are Making it To End Users

Mobile Biometrics Month 2016: Biometrics Versus Keyboards

WATCH: Industry Experts Discuss the Future of Mobile Biometrics

Mobile Biometrics Month 2016: The Roundup

Voice Biometrics in 2016

Year in Review: 2016 In Featured FocusVoice and speech recognition technology has become a prominent force in IoT, FinTech, mobility, and much more—with growing demand for software-based handsfree interface and contactless authentication stoking the fires of what used to be considered a niche biometric modality. In May, we turned the featured discussion to the unique applications of voice recognition, and weighed in on its status as the Internet of Things modality. Voice Biometrics Month culminated in an expert webinar on the topic of voice and speech recognition in an increasingly connected world.

Voice Biometrics Month 2016: The Primer

Voice Biometrics Month 2016: 4 Unique Applications of Voice Recognition

Voice Biometrics Month 2016: Voice and the IoT

WEBINAR: Voice Biometrics in a Hyper-Connected World

Voice Biometrics Month 2016: The Roundup

Physical Access Control in 2016

Year in Review: 2016 In Featured FocusMultimodality and workplace efficiency were major topics during Physical Access & Enterprise Month. The featured focus of April coincided with ISC West, where we brought from-the-exhibition floor reporting. Again, the festivities culminated in a webinar, “Biometrics, Access Control and the Enterprise of Tomorrow”—a lively discussion on the workplace-centric roles played by multimodality, mobility, Internet of Things and more.

Physical Access & Enterprise Month: The Primer

Physical Access & Enterprise Month: Truly Diverse Security

Physical Access & Enterprise Month: 3 Hidden Benefits to Biometrics in the Workplace

WEBINAR: Biometrics, Access Control and the Enterprise of Tomorrow

Physical Access & Enterprise Month: The Roundup

Border Control and National ID in 2016

Year in Review: 2016 In Featured FocusJune marked Border Control & National ID Month, in which we examined various national ID programs being implemented around the globe and took a look at how the trend toward biometric multimodality has been leaving its mark on airport security. The webinar of the month was a dynamic conversation, covering topics of best practices, multimodality, and information sharing.

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

Border Control & National ID Month: 4 National ID Programs And Their Benefits

Border Control & National ID Month: Multimodal Airports

WEBINAR: Experts Discuss Biometrics, Border Control, National Security

Border Control & National ID Month: The Roundup

Law Enforcement Biometrics in 2016

Year in Review: 2016 In Featured FocusAs we reached later into the year we arrived at Law Enforcement Biometrics Month. Our featured articles discussed the various unique ways we see biometrics deployed in  the justice related vertical market, and also broke down the ongoing conflict surrounding biometric background checks and rideshare companies. Meanwhile, the Law Enforcement Month Webinar, “Connected Justice: The Benefits and Challenges of Biometric Law Enforcement,” was an in depth conversation about mobility, multimodality, vendor-government relationships, and even how biometrics are helping address the refugee crisis in Europe.

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Primer

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Unique Deployments

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Big Deal With Background Checks

WEBINAR: Connected Justice: The Benefits and Challenges of Biometric Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Roundup

Financial Biometrics in 2016

Year in Review: 2016 In Featured FocusReturning from this year’s Money20/20 in Las Vegas, where biometrics were bigger than ever before, we launched into Financial Biometrics Month. In addition to our post-conference coverage, our featured articles examined emerging biometric FinTech solutions, and delved into the growing popularity of selfie-based commerce. Our webinar for the month looked beyond payments, with our experts discussing how biometrics are helping to prevent fraud.

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: The Primer

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: 3 Exciting FinTech Solutions of Tomorrow

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: The Rise of Selfie Finance

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: The Roundup

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December 7, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter