Fingerprint Cards (FPC) detailed some of the domestic benefits of biometric technology in a new primer on the company blog. To that end, the post specifically highlights several ways in which biometric tech can improve the security and convenience of smart home applications.
With regards to the former, FPC placed a particular emphasis on biometric smart locks, noting that many of the current options require a Bluetooth or a Wi-Fi connection that makes them vulnerable to hackers. They also rely on PINs or passcodes that can be lost or stolen.
A fingerprint lock, on the other hand, can store the user’s biometric information on the sensor itself. That means that the user’s biometric information is never sent to the cloud, and is never exposed to the machinations of cybercriminals. As an added benefit, a fingerprint is carried with the user and can never be misplaced, while the sensor itself will continue to work in the event of a power outage.
According to FPC, those benefits will help spur the adoption of smart home technologies. A large portion (17 percent) of those without a smart home device cited data privacy as a significant barrier to entry, but FPC reports that one-third of consumers are interested in using some form of biometrics to secure their home. That suggests that there is a considerable market for smart home devices if manufacturers can manage to overcome those security hurdles.
FPC went on to note that biometric technology can enable a more personalized home experience. It can be used to limit screen time, prevent children from gaining access to cupboards with cleaning supplies, or set preferences in an entertainment system.
In the past few months alone, FPC has placed fingerprint sensors in smart door locks from Kadaas and Fueb Labs, and in a biometric padlock from Aran Tecnovation. The latter two devices both feature FPC’s BM-Lite fingerprint module.
September 17, 2020 – by Eric Weiss