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.
Healthcare Biometrics in 2016
February 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.
Mobile Biometrics in 2016
We 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,
Voice Biometrics in 2016
Voice 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.
Physical Access Control in 2016
Multimodality 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.
Border Control and National ID in 2016
June 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.
Law Enforcement Biometrics in 2016
As 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.
Financial Biometrics in 2016
Returning 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.
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December 7, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter