September 28, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter
On the heels of last week’s gathering of the biometrics community in Tampa for the Biometric Consortium Conference 2013, Biometrics UnPlugged: Mobility Rules and the IBIA reception, there was still some buzz around the need for biometrics in healthcare. With many vendors talking about it on the BCC exhibition floor, there was a tangible atmosphere of eagerness to delve into this sector in full force. To that end, a new report from Transparency Market Research released this week is predicting that there will be massive growth in the global healthcare biometrics industry, expecting it to reach USD 5.8 billion before the end of the decade.
Of course, the expos aren’t limited to Tampa in September. In Chicago, vendors gathered for 2013 ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits where Morpho (Safran) officially launched MorphoAccess SIGMA. Designed specifically for access control and time and attendance purposes, the new solution is completely backwards compatible with existing Morpho infrastructure, and (thanks to MorphoTrustUSA) Bioscript systems.
Meanwhile in China, Lumidigm’s multispectral imaging technology is helping people have fun faster, the company announcing that its fingerprint sensor technology is currently deployed throughout the country in entertainment complexes and amusement parks. It’s news that seems to be surrounding Lumidigm recently, who seems eager to impress on the world just how versatile its biometric solutions can be.
This week also brought with it a large amount of mobile news over at Mobile ID World. Guest contributor Darrell Geusz out his foot down on the iPhone 5S spoofing controversy, making some very important distinctions between hacking a phone and fooling it to register a user as present. Add in quite a bit of talk continuing about turning smartphones into physical access credentials and new low latency mobile transaction authentication and you have quite a good case that this mobile identity revolution is just getting started.