Identification through biometrics has no longer become a normal habit only in science fiction movies, like unlocking mobile devices through iris scanners or facial recognition, or confirming identity when opening a bank account, among other everyday scenarios. However, with the outbreak of the coronavirus, the need for digital tools that facilitate remote identification and avoid human contact has become more important than ever.

According to Statista, the value of the biometrics market is expected to reach $55.42 billion by 2027. Furthermore, from the same organization, they predict that global spending in the identity verification market will grow exponentially in ten years, from 4,930 million in 2017 to more than 18,000 million in 2027.

Given these predictions, it is not surprising that many organizations are considering adopting biometric data-based digital identification solutions. In fact, the National Police recently announced that when a citizen renews their DNI, they will include information based on their facial information in addition to fingerprinting. In this way, the system gets the biometric information from the photo of the document to automatically identify the person based on their facial features.

At the enterprise level, companies such as insurance or finance companies are also beginning to implement these identification solutions. But which trends do they have to take into account when using them? Entelgy, the BusinessTechConsultancya digital transformation consultant, she explains:

The voice will come more to the fore

The increasing use of facial recognition is just one example of the rapid development of this technology. You can already see its use at the government level, e.g. For example, at airport customs or train stations, where facial recognition is used to manage passenger boarding or baggage drop-off. In addition, it is being examined how the security forces intend to use this technology for personal identification. Therefore, this technology will be more present in crowded spaces where identifying people is crucial.

As for voice biometrics, the main use that is growing is the application of this technology in vehicles. The goal is for the user to be able to fully control the vehicle via voice and unlock all functions, eliminating the need for buttons and switches and thus avoiding potential distractions at the wheel. In addition, the presence of our voice tool is gradually increasing in other areas such as banking. There are already companies that use the user’s voice to make transfers, authorize transactions and access mobile or online banking without passwords.

Rise of deepfakes

One of the risks associated with biometrics is the theft of this data, which can later be used for malicious actions over the Internet. deepfake, the recovery of video images of anonymous or known people from this biometric data or old multimedia content. In this way, speeches or statements that look genuine but with a totally or partially falsified message can be circulated, with the risks that this entails. For this reason, it is essential to protect biometric data well or to link it to other authentication systems, thus making theft more difficult.

New protections and technologies

Security is an essential factor in ensuring the correct use of biometric data and we will see an increase in the barriers to protect this personal data, such as: B. the use of combined authentication systems. One of the trends is to combine biometric information with a token system present in a device for personal use. The other trend is multimodal biometric authentication, i.e. the simultaneous use of several biometric technologies. In addition, there are already solutions on the market that combine machine learning with biometrics, enabling not only personal authentication but also documentation, which simplifies administrative procedures.

“Biometrics is here to stay, and with the outbreak of the coronavirus, that expansion has been accelerated by the growing need to perform procedures remotely, avoiding travel and direct human contact,” he says. Miguel Angel Barrio, Director of Entelgy Digital. “Companies and administrations have good opportunities to develop further here by opting for simple, quickly implementable solutions that simplify many processes and save a lot of time.”

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