Biometrics are creating the path for the future.
With many types available (Biological, Morphological or Behavioural), biometrics create a convenient user experience for many modern gadgets, making our day-to-day life easier.
Fingerprint recognition is by far becoming the most used biometric. It’s frequently used on smartphones to access online banking and is beginning to be introduced on laptops to ease accessibility. We are also beginning to see many schools across the UK implement fingerprint technology for their lunch payment system.
Fingerprint Tech History
Fingerprint technology has been around for longer than we may think. The idea of using the fingerprint as a form of identification was first thought of hundreds of years BC where it was commonly used as a signature throughout many communities in China and India.
Back in the 1900s, it was used for Criminal Investigations by the Metropolitan Police.
However, it wasn’t until 2011 when the first smartphone with integrated fingerprint technology was released – the Motorola Atrix.
With more phones than ever having the integrated fingerprint technology, the sensor has continually improved allowing a higher quality, contrasted image to be produced.
So, what are the positives that come along with using biometrics…
- Instantaneous in confirming an individual’s identity
- Convenient to know you’ll always have these biometrics with you (unless you want a new face or hand of course)
- Harder to steal than a password
- Easy to use, all you need is to place your finger on the sensor
- The software has high accuracy
With biometric identification growing, it’s no surprise many have their doubts about this upcoming technology too.
Here’s some of the common negative views:
- Fingerprint cloning is becoming more common
- Data breaches – these biometric databases can still be hacked
- Some users feel like they now have limited privacy due to the amount of tracking on their gadgets
- Those with physical disabilities may be excluded from using this technology
- Technology can crash
So where do we think biometrics will head in the future?
The biometric technology market is expected to grow to $55.42 billion by 2027 according to The Insight Partners, which suggests the ‘boom’ in the industry is yet to come.
As a society, we are now using software such as Apple Pay more than ever which eventually could lead to the fingerprint being the easiest way to pay for goods.
Social media networks across the internet are increasing user security by using fingerprint recognition as a two-authentication method.
Perhaps one day we’ll be starting our cars by fingerprint, oh wait…
The Mercedes-Benz C Class comes with a fingerprint sensor allowing 7 profiles to create personalisation within car settings and radio favourites for those car-pooling.
Maybe it’s not too crazy of an idea…
And in other news, Turkey is conducting a pilot production scheme for biometric passports. These contain a contactless chip which will have the individual’s identification requirements, such as DOB and biometric information such as fingerprints. If successful, they are aiming to achieve mass production by the end of the year.
We are becoming more reliant on this upcoming technology and there seems to be no boundary on what we can use it for.
Are you excited to see where this will take us, or anxious technology is ruling our lives?