World Biometrics Market
Deliverable Type: Market Research
Date Published: 30 Sep 2010
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Research Overview

This Frost & Sullivan research service titled World Biometrics Market provides an in-depth analysis of technology, competition, pricing and distribution trends for various biometrics technologies in the world market. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: criminal and civil biometrics as well as government, financial and healthcare verticals. The following technologies are covered in the research: fingerprint, face, iris, hand, signature, voice and other biometrics.

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Market Overview

Successful Adoptions within Government Applications to Trigger Adoption of Biometrics in Other Applications

Although biometrics face numerous privacy issues, successful large-scale government adoptions have helped the technology emerge as among the most viable means to counter identity-related issues. Its reliability, coupled with further decline in prices, is poised to open up rewarding market opportunities for biometrics vendors. “Performance improvements and growing integration with other sensor technologies set to increase awareness and position biometrics as reliable systems,” notes the analyst of this research. “Biometrics vendors have made great strides towards minimizing false acceptance and rejection rates, thereby eliminating costly mistakes resulting from false identification.” To further increase reliability, vendors have integrated multiple biometric technologies in their systems, thereby offering a layered approach to security.

Governments worldwide are clear forerunners in regulating, implementing and benefitting from the adoption of biometrics to tackle the growing identity and immigration issues. Following the successes of such large-scale installations, biometrics is making its way into more regulated industries such as healthcare, finance and transport applications.

Educating End Users about Benefits and Overcoming Privacy Issues to Encourage Wider Adoption

Although more resilient, a weak economic climate in 2009, combined with budget freeze and longer sales cycle, resulted in end users postponing investment decisions. Moreover, end users have been sceptical about making investment commitments due to high associated costs and the perceived intrusive nature of biometrics.

The potential dangers of a compromised biometrics, strong cultural and political influences and low awareness about its benefits have made end users adopt a wait-and-watch approach towards biometrics. “Educating end users on the benefits outweighing the costs and overcoming the perception of the technology being intrusive is crucial for success in this market,” concludes the analyst. “Further technological advancements enabling people to retain their biometric template could prove effective in addressing privacy issues.”

Market Sectors

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

  • Civil biometrics
  • Fingerprint
  • Face
  • Voice
  • Iris
  • Hand
  • Signature
  • Others
  • Criminal biometrics
  • Fingerprint (Criminal AFIS)

By Vertical

  • Government/Law Enforcement
  • Financial
  • Healthcare
  • Others

By Applications

  • Physical access control
  • Logical access control
  • Government/law enforcement
  • Transactional authentication
  • Consumer electronics

By Geography

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe, Middle East and Africa

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