Biometric technologies are finding increased use in many parts of daily life. The most used method is biometric access to mobile phones. Trends indicate we will see increased use in the medical field, banking, and other industry sectors. Any service which requires the use of personal identification will see the implementation and use of biometric technology. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many governments are planning to institute contactless payments and other measures. What can we expect in a post-pandemic world?
The future of biometrics has arrived. Though many technologies are in the development and testing phase, we already see a lot of applications in use. Applying for a passport? Fingerprints and iris scans are stored along with an applicant’s information. With security problems on the rise, facial recognition software is used to track the movements of specific people. Liveness detection technology will make it difficult to use forged or cloned passports.
Business applications like mobile-based payments and online banking use retinal scans and facial recognition to authorize large transactions. Companies are also implementing biometrics to ensure accurate attendance and lower labor costs. In the future, there will be no need for ID cards to log in and out of work and to use equipment either. All operations will be managed with technology. Healthcare will also be revolutionized with the use of biometrics. Patient information will be stored safely and hospital staff doesn’t heed to enter passwords multiple times a day.
Biometric authentication using fingerprints and iris scans is becoming increasingly common, especially in mobile phones. Companies have instituted biometrics for a single sign-in at work. This is useful for IT security systems and multiple applications. Voice recognition technology is being deployed in automobiles too. Voice technology is used in cars to call up many functionalities. While we are not yet out of the “pandemic woods”, we can expect biometrics to take on a bigger role in the post-pandemic world.
The “new normal” is expected to be very different. Access control and thermal imaging are being implemented to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Contactless biometrics will be the modality for the future. While storing employee and personal data is not acceptable in Europe, advancement in technologies will likely make this a reality in the future. Safety is foremost on everyone’s minds and COVID-19 is changing life the way we know it.