How Biometric Technology is Penetrating the IoT Market

In the 3rd blog post in our series on the Internet of Things (IoT), Henrik Knudtzon, Chief Financial Officer at IDEX Biometrics reviews how biometric technology is penetrating the IoT market. The previous post in our series on the Internet of Things (IoT) looked at the role of biometric technology on the IoT.

Biometrics are widely believed to be the future of the security industry. Since the characteristics used by a biometric scanner are unique to each individual, do not change with time or age, and are extremely difficult to fake or duplicate, these characteristics make for great security measures to be used to protect data and devices. The connected nature of the Internet of Things (IoT) makes seamless security an important piece of the picture to keep data flowing smoothly from point to point. The continued evolution and consumer acceptance of biometric technology is a solution to that need.

Biometrics and Technology

Biometrics have already started to reach the consumer market. Fingerprint scanners are now common on smartphones, and visual identification is also making its way onto the market. These technologies will continue to become more sophisticated as they are more widely adopted and are likely to become a mainstream form of security for personal devices of all kinds. From phones to personal medical devices, the use of biometrics just makes sense. The potential for growth in the biometrics industry and the formulation of new and impressive security techniques is endless.

Biometrics and the IoT

The use of biometrics in the IoT to establish connections and make recommendations is not far in the future. In fact, it is already happening on a daily basis, and as the number of connected devices continues to rise, more connections will continue to be made and biometrics can be utilized to make those connections seamless and secure. The ease of these connections can be facilitated by the credentials that the use of biometrics creates. The technology is continually being furthered, with the creation of smart cards, facial recognition, and even optical scanning on the horizon and preparing for mainstream integration. Much as fingerprint technology has already become commonplace on personal devices, other forms of biometric security will begin to be seen throughout the connected world.

The Superiority of Biometrics

Biometrics are superior to standard password protection and encryptions for a variety of reasons. One is the difficulty of duplicating an individual’s characteristics used for identification, such as a fingerprint. These characteristics also do not change over time, which reduces the risk of an inability to access a device or needing to reset access because of a forgotten password or login information. Biometrics simply rely on existing physiology to operate, integrating with software seamlessly and efficiently. This superiority has already earned them a place in the IoT.

Biometrics create a seamless authentication experience. The ease of integration, the unique credentials that they create, and the continued evolution of devices that can utilize biometric technology make this the security measure of the future. The IoT is growing exceptionally quickly, and the demand for tighter security comes along with that growth. Biometrics being integrated into that security makes sense and provides a nearly impenetrable layer of security that appeals to many. It is a workable solution that will continue to progress through all levels of connectivity, penetrating the IoT and beyond.

The previous post in our series on the Internet of Things (IoT) looked at the role of biometric technology on the IoT.