Biometrics: A Rising Pulse in Technology Hardware
Voice and face recognition, fingerprinting, iris scanning, and, maybe soon, something that recognizes a phone user’s ear shape: All sorts of biometric-sensing elements are finding their way into mobile devices and tech hardware.
And, while the numbers vary depending on who’s counting what, the signs all point one way: The market is poised for growth, and the electronics and high-tech design and supply chains will have a role to play in its future development.
For example, Acuity Market Intelligence, in its recently published The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy Market Analysis and Forecasts 2014 to 2020, forecasts that annual revenue from biometrics embedded in smart mobile devices, biometric app downloads and biometric transaction authentication will increase from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $34.6 billion in 2020.
The firm breaks this down further, and says its projection includes 4.8 billion biometrically enabled smart mobile devices generating $6.2 billion in biometric sensor revenue, 5.4 billion biometric app downloads generating $21.7 billion in annual revenues from direct purchase and software development fees, and 807 billion biometrically secured payment and non-payment transactions generating $6.7 billion in authentication fees.
“The explosion in the use of smart devices over the past five years, along with anticipated growth over the next five — especially in developing economies where sub $100 smart phones have begun to alter the mobile landscape — will bring biometrics into the daily lives of half the global population. By 2020, 100 percent of smart mobile devices will include embedded biometric sensors as a standard feature,” said C. Maxine Most, principal and founder of Acuity, in a statement.