The mobile biometrics revolution of the last several years has put biometric technology into the pockets of mainstream consumers. After Apple blazed a trail with its introduction of the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system, a range of other smartphone makers followed suit; more recently, mobile-based facial recognition has been rising in prominence – again thanks largely to Apple – allowing consumers to biometrically confirm their identity with a selfie.
These trends have also prompted the emergence of biometric technology into other device areas, including laptops, PCs, and even connected cars. Meanwhile, the emergence of the Internet of Things and the smart home has opened further application areas for biometric technology, including things like smart doorbells equipped with facial recognition capabilities.
Biometrics are now a mainstream consumer technology, and are only becoming more prominent as security experts and everyday consumers alike increasingly recognize the vulnerabilities of password-based security, and opt instead for the security and convenience of biometric authentication.