August 7, 2018

From Airports to Baseball, The Future of Biometrics

by tpcoto in Xesol Biometrics

Biometrics is an evolving technology that is being integrated more and more each day into our lives in various forms (see post 5 Types of Biometric Identification Methods). What used to just be for law enforcement or official use, is now being implemented in various services and environments to unlock efficiency and safety within our societies.

So how exactly will biometrics effect your day to day life? Here are just a few examples of biometric applications that are finding their way into society.

1. Mobile Biometrics

Forgot your mobile password? Pretty soon it won’t just be the top of the line mobile phones that allow for biometric access and it won’t just be restricted to a fingerprint scanner. Manual phone passwords are phasing out and biometric identification for mobile phones is phasing in. Integrated biometric verification applications and technologies such as iris scans and voice recognition on mobile phones will also open the doors for biometric verification for purchases and bank transactions via smart phone.

The Biometrics Research Group, Inc. predicts that the consumer adoption period will come to an end in 2020, giving way to complete acceptance of biometric authentication in mobiles.

2. Biometrics in Hospitals

In an environment where security and precision are extremely important, biometric identification could play a very important role in patient treatment. Patient misidentification can cause serious medical treatment mix-ups, extra administrative costs and time, and prove to be frustrating for both employees and patients. With biometric identification, administrative processes can be streamlined, and patient confidence could be increased.

3. Biometrics in Schools and Universities

Not only can biometrics help speed up book check outs and eliminate lengthy roll calls, governments such as the U.S. are considering it to increase safety in school. Through face recognition technology, the cameras could pick up on individuals that are banned from the school (sex offenders, expelled students, criminals, etc.). The cameras could also be trained to identify certain weapons to help prevent possible shootings in school.

4. Biometrics at Work

If you are chronically late for work and always slip in without the boss noticing, you may be in for some bad news. Just as biometrics can be used for school attendance, it can also be used for attendance at work. In addition to this, biometrics can be used to log in to company computers and phones and to access data. According to Spiceworks, by 2020, 90% of business will be using biometric authentication.

5. Biometrics for Travel

Waiting in long security checkpoint lines as you, and everyone else, fumble to get documentation and boarding passes out is time consuming and stressful. With facial and iris identification registered at check-in, you could breeze through security check points and board your plane with a quick and hassle-free iris or face scan, cutting down on wait times.

Facial recognition is also starting to be experimented with in train stations for security. German officials have been testing facial recognition capabilities in train stations in Berlin.

6. Biometrics in Sports

Biometric information such as heart rate has been used to track athletes in order to optimize performance; however, it can also be used for safety measures like biometric gloves for F1 racing.

Also, long wait times to enter stadiums may be a thing of the past for Major League Baseball fans. Select baseball stadiums will be experimenting with biometric ticketing to provide a seamless experience for their fans.

Yes, some may argue that it is intrusive and unnecessary but shaving off extra time and mix ups at hospitals, ensuring that your child is at school or that your company is taking the necessary measures to keep data safe, may just be worth the change.