Year in Review

The 2018 FindBiometrics Year in Review

The 2018 FindBiometrics Year in Review

Welcome to the 2018 FindBiometrics Year in Review. In December 2018 we polled nearly 200 biometrics industry experts on the biggest identity tech trends of the year, and throughout January we explored the results in our featured articles section. From the rise of facial recognition and the excitement of biometric FinTech, to the importance of…

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Respondents to FindBiometrics’ latest Year in Review survey tend to have shown a high level of comfort with – and enthusiasm for – biometric technologies, though that attitude took a notable dip when it came to the topic of how the government uses biometric technologies. Question 12 of the survey asked respondents to indicate how…

Year in Review: ‘Frictionless’ is the New F-word

Year in Review: ‘Frictionless’ is the New F-word

One of the clearest trends at last autumn’s Money20/20 event in Las Vegas was the emergence of a popular new buzzword: “Frictionless”. As one of the event’s participants quipped, friction is the new F-word, and while that may be especially true in the financial services sector, it’s a sentiment that is spreading rapidly across a…

Year in Review: Survey Results Portray a Very Friendly Industry

Year in Review: Survey Results Portray a Very Friendly Industry

Players in the biometrics industry are remarkably open to working with each other, suggest results from FindBiometrics’ latest Year in Review survey. Question 18 of the survey asked how much respondents agreed with the statement, “Industry cooperation through partnerships and alliances is crucial in meeting the market demands of biometrics.” The answers showed an overwhelming…

Year in Review: The Rise of the Machines

Year in Review: The Rise of the Machines

Looking back, the FindBiometrics Year in Review survey question about artificial intelligence was a bit of a no-brainer. Question 14 asked respondents to indicate how much they agreed with the following statement: “Artificial intelligence will make voice, speech, and face recognition biometrics integral to everyday life.” Eighty-three percent of respondents agreed, with 37 percent saying…

Year in Review: Strong Consensus On the Need for Standardized Testing

Year in Review: Strong Consensus On the Need for Standardized Testing

The latest FindBiometrics Year in Review survey saw some considerable consensus across a number of issues, with the question of standardized testing delivering some of the strongest. Question 20 of the survey asked participants to indicate how much they agreed with the statement, “Standardized biometric testing is crucial for the industry’s future.” Fully 89 percent…

Year in Review: We’re Ready for Biometric Proof of Age

Year in Review: We’re Ready for Biometric Proof of Age

One set of responses to FindBiometrics’ Year in Review survey offers a glimpse at the potential in a perhaps under-explored application of biometric authentication: Proof of age. Question 16 of the 2018 Year in Review asked respondents how much they agreed with this statement: “If given the option to use biometrics to pay for age-restricted…

Year in Review: Apple Has Helped Make the Case for Facial Recognition

Year in Review: Apple Has Helped Make the Case for Facial Recognition

The biometrics industry is, for the most part, grateful for Apple’s promotion of facial recognition technology, suggest the responses to one of the most timely questions in FindBiometrics’ latest Year in Review survey. Question Nine of the survey asked whether respondents agreed with the statement, “Apple’s continued commitment to facial recognition has helped demystify face…

Year in Review: The Top Applications for Biometrics in 2018

Year in Review: The Top Applications for Biometrics in 2018

People in the biometrics industry were really into FinTech last year, suggest the results to the second question of FindBiometrics’ Year in Review survey for 2018. The question asked, “Which of the following areas of application for biometrics has been the most interesting to you in 2018?” and listed answers such as “Healthcare”, “Border Control”,…

Year in Review: Industry Insiders Show Enthusiasm for Expedited Biometric Airport Screening

Year in Review: Industry Insiders Show Enthusiasm for Expedited Biometric Airport Screening

The vast majority of people in the biometrics industry and adjacent areas are interested in biometric expedited border screening programs, suggest results from FindBiometrics’ Year in Review survey. The data comes from Question Seven, which asked, “Are you part of a biometrics enabled expedited traveler screening program (ie. PreCheck, Nexus, etc.” This refers to programs…

Year in Review: The Biggest Biometric Modalities of 2018

Year in Review: The Biggest Biometric Modalities of 2018

The results are in for the latest FindBiometrics Year in Review Survey, with at least some of them confirming the biggest trends observed over the course of 2018. And this can be seen clearly in the responses to Question Three of the survey in particular, which asked, “From your perspective, which biometric modality has been…

Year in Review: A Critical Time for Standards Testing

Year in Review: A Critical Time for Standards Testing

Every year, FindBiometrics’ Year in Review survey takes the pulse of the industry, gauging perceptions and attitudes across a range of topics. And while this year’s survey is as varied as ever, the topic of biometric testing is more important than ever. Standardized testing has long been an important component of the biometrics industry, particularly…

Year in Review: Airport Biometrics Take Off

Year in Review: Airport Biometrics Take Off

Looking back on the year in biometrics, it’s impossible to ignore a trend that was already well underway at the end of 2017 – the ascent of airport biometrics. It’s an ascent that has been propelled by a number of actors and forces, with a key one being the US Customs and Border Protection agency.…

Year in Review: Facial Recognition Was in the Spotlight in 2018, Warts and All

Year in Review: Facial Recognition Was in the Spotlight in 2018, Warts and All

Facial recognition technology has had a big year, in good ways and bad. On the positive side, Apple signaled a more or less definitive switch to 3D facial recognition as the primary mechanism for user authentication on its flagship smartphones: Having made a big splash last year with its introduction of Face ID on the…

Year in Review: The Rise of In-Display Fingerprint Biometrics

Year in Review: The Rise of In-Display Fingerprint Biometrics

This week brought some important news in the world of mobile biometrics: At its Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm announced that it had developed a new, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. Called the 3D Sonic Sensor, it was unveiled alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, its flagship chip solution for the coming year. Together with the launch of…

It’s Been a Rollercoaster Year – Take Stock with Our Annual Biometrics Survey

It’s Been a Rollercoaster Year – Take Stock with Our Annual Biometrics Survey

It has been another remarkable year for the biometrics industry, with a lot of activity across a wide range of sectors. Apple, which spearheaded the mobile biometrics revolution with its launch of Touch ID five years ago, went ahead and confirmed its shift to 3D facial recognition with the launch of three new iPhones featuring…

Year in Review 2017: Smartmatic’s Samira Saba on the Rise of Biometric Elections

Year in Review 2017: Smartmatic’s Samira Saba on the Rise of Biometric Elections

Headquartered in London, Smartmatic is a specialist in digital elections technology with offices across the globe. True to form, 2017 saw the company bringing its biometric technology to a diverse range of clients across Sierra Leone, Armenia, Estonia, and Argentina. In her interview with FindBiometrics, Smartmatic Integrated Communications Director Samira Saba starts things off with…

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