More than 770 million biometric authentication applications will be downloaded per annum by 2019, up from just 6 million this year and dramatically reducing dependence on alphanumeric passwords in the mobile phone market.
A report from Juniper research titled Human Interface & Biometric Technologies: Emerging Ecosystems, Opportunities & Forecasts 2014-2019 – found that a number of high-profile deployments of biometric authentication techniques would drive wider adoption.
It highlighted Apple’s combination of Apple’s Touch ID authentication allied to tokenisation in NFC payments as a key case in this regard.
It argued that fingerprint authentication would account for the overwhelming majority of such apps in the medium term, driven by increasing deployment of fingerprint scanners within mid-range smartphones.
However, the report found that other forms of biometric identification that do not require embedded hardware are also emerging, such as Descartes Biometrics’ ERGO ear print biometric authentication app and Nuance’s voice authentication service.
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