Wearable technology has become ubiquitous in just a few short years. From smartwatches, smart-clothing to VR headsets, how we interact with technology has and will continue to evolve.
Every single day consumers across the globe rely on wearables to provide them with convenient access to data wherever they are, at any time of the day.
Most recently, Apple launched the Watch 5 alongside the iPhone 11. This is a clear indication that customers are becoming increasingly accustomed to the convenience and personalisation of connected services and devices – an empathic trend that will only upsurge in the future.
This ever-evolving digitisation presents a wealth of opportunities to revolutionise every single aspect of our lives.
From trusted authentication, interaction with IoT to most importantly, safeguarding our health and well-being. How we gather and interpret data to make vital decisions and protect individuals in our charge is changing.
We now have the capabilities to be more responsive than ever before – and even save lives.
Wearable technology offers so much more than merely being a fashionable accessory or entertainment device. When employed to its full potential, it could keep us safe and improve our well-being.
Such is the confidence in this technology that according to Smart Insights, the market for wearable technology will reach a yearly growth of 23% which will see the market worth over $100 billion by 2023 and $150 billion by 2026.
The ECG biometric is the next stage of this evolution and can provide us with personal insights that we previously thought to be impossible.
The physiological insights offering by ECG monitoring include assessments of:
- Heart rate and heart rate variation
- Stress levels
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Arrhythmia Detection
These insights could help consumers to:
- Determine levels of stress and fatigue
- Prevent overexertion
- Improve fitness and wellbeing
- Manage health; detect and monitor serious cardiac conditions
Quality ECG biometrics (B-Secur's HeartKey) have the ability to offer trusted user identification whilst providing accurate, medical grade vital signs monitoring - keeping us safe in an interconnected world.
This is intrinsic when monitoring health and well-being, verifying an individual's identity for securing personal data and access control.
Protecting First Responders
The impact that ECG biometric technology could have when deployed to identify and monitor the vital signs of those performing frontline or in high risk roles is sizeable.
To understand how this technology can help first responders, it’s important to understand the impact of stress on the body – more specifically the heart.
"When in the throes of an emergency, the nervous system will initiate the bodies evolutionary fight or flight response by increasing activity of the sympathetic branch.
"This results in an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and glucose for energy.
"While in this heightened state of sympathetic arousal, physical capability is often at a max. However, this same response can greatly affect critical thinking. Therefore, an individual's ability to make quick and correct decisions in this environment can be severely compromised.
Frequent and pro longed exposure to this kind of physiological response can increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias and myocardial infarctions."
- Adrian Deery, Algorithm Engineer
How ECG Biometrics Can Help
ECG biometrics can assist first responders. Those active can clearly be identified - their live health data profiled, trended and monitored accurately upon their unique profile.
Valuable insights into an individual’s stress levels, fatigue, respiration rate, and HRV, allowing crucial, tactical decisions to be made. Such vital insights help decision-makers to protect their workers safety and make astute data-driven decisions quickly.
According to the United States National Fire Protection Association, more than 60,000 firefighters are reported injured in North America alone every single year. What’s arguably more concerning is that 25% are caused by overexertion or strain.
ECG biometrics could be the answer, ensuring the real-time health and safety of not only one active individual, but a whole team. This could undoubtedly improve responder management, performance, training and ultimately aid successful outcomes - saving lives.
ECG for Enterprise
The modern digital working environment has offered a plethora of opportunities that enterprises the world over have taken advantage of.
From remote working anywhere in the world to platforms that significantly improve and streamline workflow processes, the possibilities for innovation are seemingly limitless.
However, in this multi-faceted digital ecosystem protecting our commercial data against intrusion is paramount.
Passwords can be stolen, entire networks hacked, and phishing scams can cause unparalleled degrees of commercial angst. It’s clear that we need more comprehensive security protocols.
"Just this year the UK's National Cyber Security centre revealed more than 23 million people use the password - 123456, a reminder of how vulnerable our personal data is."
ECG biometrics can help provide trusted security. Unlike usernames and passwords, biometric ECG signals cannot be cloned, nor guessed.
This presents an opportunity for businesses to have robust security protocols to protect their devices, data and documents.
Ingraining biometric technology into wearables and enterprise IoT provides powerful authentication which can offer enterprises the ability to:
- Authenticate payments for cyber-secure transactions.
- Logistical access to devices, including laptops and smartphones.
- Secure access control; buildings and vehicles.
Securing the Connected World with ECG Biometrics
The time for harnessing the power of ECG biometric technology is now.
By providing accurate, previously unattainable, insights on personal health and protecting data with accurate user identification in an evolving connected world, ECG biometrics are enabling individuals to take control of their health which ultimately save lives.
Connecting Your Heart
Keen to learn more about how ECG biometrics and its applications in the connected world?
- Could ECG authentication act as a catalyst to unlock deep, data-driven insights into health and wellness?
- What could that tell us about individuals? And how, or - more saliently - should, we use these insights?
- Crucially, if heartbeat data can go beyond telling us who individuals are to how they are at the same time, does this insight have the power to disrupt?