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600m mobile devices to include biometrics within next five years

December 2016

A new report has predicted that more than 600 million mobile devices across the world will comprise some form of biometric authentication over the course of the next five years, highlighting the growing reliance on this form of security. 

The Mobile Biometrics: Consumer Markets, Opportunities & Forecasts 2016-2021, which was compiled by Juniper Research, suggests that biometrics will become a part of the vast majority of customers' mobile experience over the coming years. The figure of 600 million stated by the report shows a marked increase from the 190 million mobile devices which featured some form of biometric authentication this year.

Ongoing demand for methods of authentication that require less hardware is continuing to boost biometric solutions including facial and voice recognition and new audiences are tipped to begin to rely on this form of security as the methods expand to include lower-tier smartphones. Fingerprinting may see a drop in usage levels due to the need to have certain hardware in place in order to allow this to take place - something which many businesses are increasingly starting to shy away from.

The report also suggested that the major use of biometrics will see a shift towards verification rather than the more traditional use of identification as the need to control the security of the actual biometric method itself rises.

Research author, James Moar, told NFC World: "While biometrics offer an increased amount of security and convenience, they need higher levels of protection. Establishing best practices for storage and transmission of newer biometrics will be key to ensuring consumer control over the security of these most personal data.”

In future, the biometric information that is kept on a device such as a smartphone will be sent onwards to the service that require authentication, rather than being transmitted and compared to a record of the biometric itself that is being remotely held.

It isn't just the smartphone market that is tipped to see a boom in the use of biometrics over the coming few years - a recent report from Frost & Sullivan suggested that the automotive industry was also starting to becoming heavily reliant on the security form too. Indeed, one in three new cars have been predicted to contain some sort of biometric feature by the year 2025, the report confirmed.

Another recent report, carried out in September of this year by Mastercard suggested that the vast majority of customers would far rather make use of biometric security methods than PIN codes in order to ensure their mobile payments were secure. They felt that methods including voice and facial recognition seemingly outdated passwords and pin codes would. The most popular form of biometric security was fingerprint recognition technology, the Mastercard report found.

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