IDEX Biometrics is taking a look at some of the emerging use cases for biometric technology. In the latest post on the company blog, Sales and Marketing SVP David Orme explains that traditional security measures like PINs and passwords are already being phased out in favor of more secure forms of biometric authentication.
Of course, biometric technology has applications in a number of different industries. Financial institutions are using it to safeguard individual transactions, while security companies are leveraging it for physical and digital access control in public and private spaces.
Orme also highlighted behavioral biometrics, which is able to identify people based on behavioral characteristics like gait and typing speed. He argues that organizations will likely try to combine behavioral biometrics with a stable biometric like a fingerprint to deliver a stronger level of two-factor authentication.
Orme went on to note that there will be a particularly high demand for contactless solutions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though fingerprints are considered to be the most stable biometric modality, COVID-19 can survive on hard surfaces like scanners and PIN pads, which could increase the risk of viral transmission if a device has multiple users.
As a result, many large organizations will turn to contactless modalities like facial recognition. However, fingerprint recognition could still feature prominently in biometric cards, which belong to a single user and therefore do not carry the same risk of transmission.
As a fingerprint recognition specialist, IDEX has turned its attention towards the latter. The company is currently embarking on a biometric card pilot in collaboration with Zwipe and IDEMIA, and has placed technology in cards that have been certified for multiple payment networks. IDEX is now preparing for mass production, and is hoping that the recent developments will lead to the mass adoption of biometric payment cards.
June 19, 2020 – by Eric Weiss