We are now living in a world that science fiction writers could only dream of. Biometric technologies that captured the imagination of audiences in popular television shows and films set in the future or a galaxy far, far away like Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner, and I, Robot are now part of our daily life. We unlock our iPhones using face recognition, sign into our computers using the built-in fingerprint scanner, and speed through the airport with the assistance of CLEAR’s iris scanner. Biometric technologies, commonly referred to as biometrics, are “automated methods of verifying or recognizing the identity of a living person based on a physiological or behavioral characteristic.” The earliest known examples of biometric technologies date back to the 14th century when Chinese merchants used ink to take children's fingerprints for identification. Throughout history, biometrics has expanded from its origin of fingerprint analysis to include the measurement of other human attributes such as voice, iris, retina, hand, face, handwriting, keystroke, and finger shape, gait, ear shape, head resonance, optical skin reflectance, and body odor. Today, biometrics are playing an increasingly critical role in securing the rapidly growing number of digital transactions worldwide.
As the next generation of biometric technology hits the market and revolutionizes digital authentication, watch out for the following four trends:
The next wave of biometric technology is already entering the marketplace and revolutionizing digital authentication by accelerating the retirement of legacy technologies, complementing existing security protocols, offering a seamless user experience for customers, and respecting consumer’s privacy. When it comes to biometric technology, the future is here, and our bodies are now our passwords.
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