The use of fingerprint technology in South-east Asia has been prominent for many years and is still on the rise. It has so much taken off in the UK however.
About Fingerprint Cards
Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) markets, develops and produces biometric components and technologies that through the analysis and matching of an individual’s unique fingerprint verify the person’s identity. The technology consists of biometric sensors, processors, algorithms and modules that can be used separately or in combination with each other. The competitive advantages offered by the FPC’s technology include unique image quality, extreme robustness, low power consumption and complete biometric systems. With these advantages and the ability to achieve extremely low manufacturing costs, the technology can be implemented in volume products such as smart cards and mobile phones, where extremely rigorous demands are placed on such characteristics. The company’s technology can also be used in IT and Internet security, access control, etc.
A new era of electronics is happening; organic and other materials are being used to create electronic devices and circuits with shapes and forms that previously would not have been possible. Instead of traditional printed circuit boards, electronic circuits and chips can now be made by printing or embedding them on paper, plastic or even textiles – so they can be flexible, thinner, lighter, mass-produced, organically safe for disposal and cheaper. This opens the door to a future of incredible possibilities.
The first application of biometrics was for criminal investigation and law enforcement: to use “latent” fingerprints found in a crime scene to help identify who might have left them behind. Today this application remains an extremely important one, but with the help of modern digital computing we‟ve also learned to use biometrics for another very useful purpose: to establish trust in a person‟s identity. Modern biometrics, at their core, are about using an individual‟s physical characteristics or behaviour to generate a set of numbers that can be used (with the help of a computer) to uniquely identify them consistently over time. Establishing trust in identity—proving we are the person we say we are—is useful.
The ATRIX phones uses fingerprint technology to secure data stored on the phone.
London, United Kingdom – 13 September 2011 – Goode Intelligence
“There are an estimated 13 million mobile devices around the world that are already benefiting from embedded mobile biometrics in the form of fingerprint sensors” said Alan Goode, author of the report and founder of Goode Intelligence. “A significant number of these are being used in South-East Asia, particularly in Japan where consumers are benefiting from fingerprint-based biometric security to protect NFC payments at the physical point of sale (POS).”
Replicating the Japanese model in other regions in the world
Goode believes that this model could be replicated elsewhere: “2011 is seen as a pivotal year in the adoption of mobile payments using NFC in the rest of the world and there is a strong possibility that the Japanese model of using mobile phone-based biometric security will be duplicated. It may not necessarily replace existing authentication methods, such as chip and pin, as the primary authentication method but could undoubtedly augment it in certain circumstances.”
The key drivers behind market growth and the adoption of mobile phone biometric security include:
- Device security protection: Protecting the device against unauthorised access is the biggest driver for mobile phone biometric security. This includes protection both of apps and the data that resides on the device
- Mobile Commerce: The growth of mCommerce and the need to effectively secure the ecosystem on the mobile
- NFC: The contactless technology that is reaching tipping point could well be a major driver
- Convenient alternative to PINs and password: Swiping a finger on a phone or providing a verbal ‘voiceprint’ can be an easier and far more convenient way to provide authentication than conventional technologies
- As part of a multi-factor authentication solution: With the recent attack on RSA, leading to vulnerabilities being exposed in its SecureID token technology, there is a pressing need for strong and agile authentication solutions – mobile phone-based biometric security can be a viable part of this solution
- Military and law enforcement: A cost-effective method for capturing biometric data and verifying identity in the field