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Biometric methods comparison from Frost and Sullivan

Frost And Sullivan : 01 May, 2008  (New Product)
Report examines comparisons between different biometric technologies such as fingerprint and facial recognition software in view of the improved demand for such products in APAC.
Despite being in the embryonic stage, the biometrics market in Asia is expected to receive substantial boost from key government applications. Various countries have shown keen interest in the National ID projects for citizen identification and the e-Passport program, wherein fingerprint and facial biometrics are integrated with the smart card.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Assessment of Key Comparisons among the various Biometric Identification Methods in the Asia Pacific Markets, finds that there is immense opportunity for smart cards in the untapped markets of Asia. The early signs of acceptance of the new technology are quite encouraging for smart card participants. System integrators have realized the need for proper planning and coordination in order to increase the market revenues.

"National ID projects such as the Mykad of Malaysia already have biometrics implemented on the card," says Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Navin Rajendra. "Future projects including the Indian and Chinese national IDs and the Japanese card are also preparing for the deployment of biometric-enabled national ID cards."

While National ID and e-Passport are expected to be the mainstay applications of the biometrics market, fingerprint identification will continue to be the dominant mode of biometric identification in most markets. However, there will be more coverage and wider use of other biometric methods as well - even for individual applications.

"This is partly because certain biometric methods such as fingerprint identification are often associated with criminal detection," notes Rajendra. "As a result, markets such as Japan and South Korea are averse to the use of fingerprint biometrics and are increasingly adopting non-intrusive methods of user identification in spite of their higher costs."

The expansion and large-scale implementation of a number of biometric projects will compel manufacturers to focus on standardization. Once this technology becomes ubiquitous, users will become more comfortable with the biometrics system.

Biometrics scores over traditional technology due to its greater speed and accuracy of authentication. Moreover, it can offer several layers of security (iris scan, fingerprint scan) depending on the severity of the perceived threat. In fact, multi-modal biometric systems offer more than one level of user authentication for extremely sensitive applications.

Biometrics also eliminates the need to remember passwords and carry external keys. This reduces the chance of forgeries and thereby, lowers time and money losses.
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