Why you will love having biometric sensors on your mobile

The use of biometrics in your smartphone or portable device will soon enough be ubiquitous and cherished. Not only because different sensors will help you access your data easily and securely but also because mobile and service providers are already working together to offer convenient banking, health monitoring, shopping, employment services and e-government solutions at your fingerprints, literally. Some researchers have predicted that, by 2020, mobile devices will regularly include biometric sensors, creating an attractive $33.3 billion per-year market for biometrics.

Biometric sensors

In order to have a better service, the experts advise to look for «two-factor authentication method”. The tools will be more reliable if they are based on two completely independent components out of the following: “something you know (knowledge – PIN/ password); something you have (possession – smart card); and something you are (biometrics).»

The identifying options already available in the market –or being currently developed- vary from fingerprints or iris scanners, vein authentication, facial or voice recognition, behaviour-based identification (looking at the gestures and speed with which users key in their password), ear shape identification, to biometric implants (RFID chips or decomposable tattoos). However, Smartphones during 2015 will probably see more fingerprint authentication (like those in the iPhone 5S with Touch ID, Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6), eye scanners (ZTE Grand S3 with Eyeprint ID for log-in through vein patterns) and voice recognition.

Expect to start using your biometric sensor –sooner or later- for:

  • Security and easy access to your data.
  • Mobile banking. (i.e. FIS will become the first provider to offer fingerprint access to its Cardless Cash ATM application this April; Barclays will bring out finger vein authentication for UK business customers this year; and Bancorp is offering biometric security in mobile for banking customers; among others.)
  • Better customer experience (customised services and payment solutions, including shopping, transport, libraries, etc.)
  • Time and attendance tracking for healthcare (see mobile medical lab), e-government or employment services and infrastructures.
  • Management of sensitive data and control access in the workplace (employees would be able to log in to systems and access information through mobile biometric sensors.)

Sources: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31968642; http://www.europapress.es/portaltic/gadgets/; http://www.information-age.com/technology/security/123459256/why-biometrics-will-go-hand-hand-wearables-revolution

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