The first wave of consumer biometric technology adoption has seen billions of smart mobile devices (SMDs) shipped with embedded biometric sensors, empowering people to swiftly unlock their phones and securely access digital services.

As mainstream biometric adoption gathers pace, Alan Goode, CEO and Chief Analyst of biometric research and consulting company Goode Intelligence, examines what's coming next.

The Second Wave of Consumer Biometrics – Wearables, Things and Cars

The second wave of adoption has already begun with biometric technology being integrated into a wide range of other smart devices.

Wearable devices including rings, bands, clothes, smart watches and glasses are starting to appear with embedded biometric technology, and gaining in popularity.

What's really transformative is the progress we are witnessing with biometric sensors being integrated into the Internet of Things (IoT) devices - particularly the car.

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Smart Cars Need Smart Biometric Sensors

As cars get smarter and more autonomous biometric technology is increasingly being embedded into them, the ability for a connected car to accurately identify who you are has become a crucial function.

Biometrics not only provides a convenient way to identity a person but also enables automotive manufacturers (OEMs) to accurately detect the health and wellbeing of both drivers and passengers alike.

This is important with the development of autonomous vehicles supported by ride-sharing applications that need to know who is in the vehicle and how they are feeling.

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ECG Biometrics – The Definitive Biometric Technology for Auto

The ability to support a range of connected car applications means that some biometric modalities are better suited for in-car integration and Goode Intelligence’s research has identified heartbeat (ECG) as a strong contender for being integrated by auto OEMs inside the car.

As biometric technology moves beyond authentication, biometric modalities that can support multiple use cases and applications, such as heartbeat, will become more attractive than a single use modality such as fingerprint.

ECG biometric technology is an ideal modality for auto as it supports multiple use cases and applications.

The heart rate biometric also offers flexibility for auto OEMs in terms of how it is deployed, ranging from being used on a wearable device for car access control to being embedded into a car’s steering wheel to support identification and health, wellness and wellbeing (HWW) applications including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Heart rate
  • Stress
  • Cardiac insights

ECG Biometrics - the Next Generation for Driving Innovation

IoT and auto OEMs are turning to heartbeat biometric technology to support a range of applications including secure vehicle access control, in-car identification to start the vehicle and access personalised services, enabling in-car payments and providing medical feedback to prevent accidents.

Supporting all of these use cases cannot be singularly achieved through non-heartbeat biometric modalities, paving the way for ECG biometrics to enhance our future driving experience.

Goode Intelligence is an independent analyst and consultancy company that provides quality advice to global decision makers in business and technology.  Alan has been a judge for the GSMA global mobile awards since 2012, and has over 20 years' experience with leading brands including T-Mobile UK, De La Rue, Motorola, Citibank and Atos Origin.

Learn more https://www.goodeintelligence.com/

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