Deloitte study places biometrics as top technology trend for 2018

Friday 8 December 2017 08:54 CET | News

Biometrics is going to be one of the big trends of 2018 as we start to forget our passwords, new research from Deloitte reveals.

The company estimates that 15 million UK consumers now have a smartphone that incorporates a fingerprint scanner, roughly 36% of the user base, with 79% of this group actually using it. The most common biometric application, at 96%, was to unlock the phone.

However, while the fingerprint has been accepted as a means to unlock features alterative biometric technologies, such as voice, facial and iris recognition, are less used. The research showed only 3% of the UK population are making use of these features.

Nevertheless, as more phones get launched across 2018, fingerprint scanners and facial recognition software will become a standard feature, therefore by just being available they will be used more. Currently, this is a very basic use of the technology, mostly limited to accessing devices. There are a few companies out there who are trying to integrate biometrics into everyday activities, Vodafone is using voice recognition software as a means to identify and authenticate customers when they contact call centres, but this is still very much early days.

In conclusion, Deloitte says biometrics will play a strong role in finance in the near future, but there will have to be a bit more work done to convince the consumer before mass market penetration.

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