The Role of Biometric Technology on the IoT

By Henrik Knudtzon, Chief Financial Officer at IDEX Biometrics

In the 2nd blog post in our series on the Internet of Things (IoT), Henrik Knudtzon, Chief Financial Officer at IDEX Biometrics discusses the role of biometric technology on the IoT.

Biometric technology has a place in our pockets and a place in protecting our data. With its ease of integration and the difficulty of duplicating the credentials utilized by biometric technology, it is one of the most common-sense security applications available today. With consumer acceptance on the rise, the role of biometric technology on the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing.

Biometric Technology and IoT

IoT is best served by a set of secure data points; it relies on the integrity of the data sent and received. Those data points share vital information and make important connections that establish relationships and recommendations. Those recommendations often contain sensitive user data–this is where the security of biometrics becomes most important and a key player in strong security for connected devices and retained data.

How Biometrics Work on the IoT

Biometric security measures exist at various points in the data pathway that makes up the IoT. From securing a device with a fingerprint sensor to utilizing a smartcard to verify your identity, these security points help create a seamless experience and allow data to flow freely and quickly between points. That data arriving untampered is important. This allows for quick and efficient connections to be made, and keeps the data used to make those connections as secure as possible during the transfer and delivery processes.

As the number of connected devices continues to grow, the need for failsafe security becomes more important and will continue to stay in the forefront of security expert and developers minds.

The Role of Biometrics

Biometrics provide a secure way to transfer data as well as identify data ports and devices and ensure that they remain secure and their data intact. Biometrics are an optimal security measure, and their continued development will be a key component to creating difficult to breach security protocols. Since the characteristics identified by biometric scanners do not change and are unique to each individual, they make a very secure means of communicating data and creating identifiers for sharing secured data.

Stronger than encryptions or password protections–both of which can be breached with practice and patience–biometric characteristics are extremely difficult to duplicate or fake. This feature alone makes them worthy of consideration in any security system.

The growth of the biometrics industry will continue at a fast pace, and biometrics will continue to penetrate all levels of technology. With a need to keep data secure and the ease of integration into a variety of systems, the technology will continue to expand and will help develop seamless data transfer that is as secure as possible. Making the connections that are important to the IoT and the recommendations that end users have come to rely on, the role of biometrics will grow and evolve as the IoT continues to grow and evolve. The unique nature of biometrics and the myriad of ways that they can be used is likely to play a pivotal role in the growth of the IoT.

The previous post in our series on IoT answered whether biometrics is the future of IoT security.

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