Mobile biometrics is rapidly becoming a key identification platform. Both governments and private industry are turning to mobile biometrics to speed up identification of citizens in financial services, law enforcement, military, public transportation, border control, healthcare and commercial shipping.
Biometric functionality can be achieved on a mobile device through built-in sensors or by attaching portable biometric hardware, either via USB or through a Wi-Fi connection. Attaching separate biometric hardware allows the users to select whichever biometric modality they want to use (fingerprint, palm vein, iris or facial recognition). Also multi-modal biometric hardware provides the benefit of two biometric modalities in one mobile device.
Biometric human identification can be performed in controlled environments as well as public venues. For example, in law enforcement, field officers might need to operate in a different location each day where might need to identify suspects. In the coming years, mobile biometric technologies will be essential for law enforcement agencies and for passenger control at borders and airports.
Financial institutions are increasingly implementing mobile biometric technology for customer identification in order to open an account or conduct and authorize a transaction. Also, mobile biometric technology will provide access to healthcare information from remote locations to authorized users.