Thanks to the continued proliferation of smartphones and strong authentication technology, mobility and biometrics are becoming increasingly intertwined. Nothing quite hammers home efficiency like the security and assurance of strong authentication paired with the freedom and connectivity of mobile devices.
September is the perfect time to celebrate this perfect match. Mobility is a key topic of discussion at both the upcoming Biometrics UnPlugged event and the Global Identity Summit (formerly the Biometric Consortium Conference), while Apple’s annual iPhone announcements promise to bring smartphone biometrics to the forefront of conversation.
As a starting point for the month’s festivities here are just some of the things we talk about when we talk about mobility and biometrics.
Payment and Banking
Quite possibly the hottest topic in mobile biometrics right now is finance. The convenience of using a mobile phone for shopping and banking is being enabled by innovations in biometric hardware, biometric software and strong authentication standards. The following links will provide you with a good idea of what’s happening in the world of biometric mCommerce as well as the more nuanced conversations regarding the topic.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
In businesses of all sizes, mobility equates to efficiency. Instead of leaving everything important at your desk, smartphones, tablets and cloud technology allow you to take the office wherever you go. In order to take work to the outside world enterprises need the assurance that mobilized information can’t be easily compromised. That’s where biometrics come in.
Biometrics As a Service
Thanks to innovations in cloud technology new, more flexible options are available to enterprises and agencies that would like to give themselves the biometric upgrade. Biometric software is available through the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, allowing for the transformation of regular old smartphones into connected biometric devices.
Now that the smartphone is quickly reaching ubiquity, the next step is starting to emerge, bringing with it a great number of biometric opportunities. Heart rate measuring headphones are on their way from multiple manufacturers, biometric shirts are being funded by space agencies, a smartwatch with built-in iris recognition is being crowdfunded and a wristband is using heart measurements to offer persistent authentication. Mobility is more than a smartphone and the following articles help illustrate that fact.
Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout September as we continue to delve into the topic of mobile biometrics. Want to join in the discussion? Share your favorite example of mobile biometrics with us on Twitter and use the hashtag #BUP2014.
September 3, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter