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Fastlane Facilitation Will Drive Biometric Adoption at Airports in 2019 and Beyond

Posted: December 20th, 2018 | Author:

Acuity Market Intelligence considers 2019 to be a critical tipping-point for airport biometric facilitation. Acuity forecasts passenger acceptance and operator commitment will lead to global market acceleration in 2019 and beyond, generating $1.3 billion in revenue by 2022. As airports and airlines expand their biometric footprint beyond immigration eGates and kiosks, seamless “Fastlane Biometric” touchpoints at check-in, bag drop, security, and boarding gates will become mainstream.

Fastlane Biometrics is a nascent market with rapid growth potential. Today, about 5,600 biometric eGates and kiosks are deployed at more than 300 locations in 80 countries. This number is projected to triple by 2022 as dozens of prominent airports deploy Fastlane Biometrics over the next three to five years to streamline and enhance the customer journey.

Airports will set the standard for biometric facilitation, As the frequency of encountering “Fastlane Biometrics” increases, so too will consumer comfort and preference for the convenience of the experience. This will create opportunity – and significant demand – for similar solutions within, and well outside, the travel sector expediting and securing everything from cruise ships and car rental and ride-sharing services, to sports stadium and event center access.

Acuity analysis shows that the majority of Fastlane Biometrics units currently deployed are Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates and Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks with fewer than 300 of the remaining touchpoints at check-in, bag drop, security, and boarding.  This will shift over the next two to three years as airports embrace Fastlane Biometrics and additional touchpoints become mainstream within the airport passenger processing ecosystem.

Related Content

Biometric Facilitation Deployment List provides details for all known deployments of biometric check-in, bag drop, security checkpoints, and boarding gates including facility, location, units, owner, biometric modality, installation date, and vendors.

Acuity also offers Deployment Lists for ABC eGates  and APC Kiosks  as well as “The Airport Automated Biometric Facilitation Report: From Curb to Gate” which provides unit and revenue forecasts for all airport Fastlane Biometric touchpoints deployed from 2018 to 2022.


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Biometric Musings from @Money2020

Posted: October 24th, 2018 | Author:

Biometrics are Mainstream in the Exhibition Hall, But Attendees Have a Limited Understanding

While it was a given in the exhibition hall, that biometrics are an integral part of digital transaction security in the financial services realm, the solutions offered are still far ahead of the customers’ per

ceived needs and in many cases, basic understanding. In a world where digitally-based fraud is exploding, the lack of urgency around implementing truly “human” identity-centric solutions in the broader financial services community remains disaapointing and somewhat unsettling.

The level of questions posed to the two extremely well attended biometric panel sessions on Sunday afternoon clearly indicated that while biometric market interest is soaring, market education remains a key consideration for the industry. Even in the sophisticated world of fintech, where there seems to be a new conference every week, the overall understanding of what a biometric is, how it works, what the real and distorted data management and privacy issues are, and how to differentiate between on-device and cloud-based solutions remains elusive to far too many.

“Frictionless” Customer Experience is the Holy Grail! (NOT)
Biometrics were near universally heralded in the Exhibit Hall and many panel sessions as a key enabler of the “frictionless” customer experience – the apparent aim of nearly every vendor and financial services provider at Money2020.  However, upon reflection as part of a deeper and more complex conversation about risk-based models, desired levels of customer feedback, and differentiating between identification and verification and on-device and cloud, most players admit that eliminating ALL friction is not really the goal. In fact, the real gaol is to determine and apply “the appropriate level of friction” based on the type of transaction, the value, and the risk involved.

It was easy for me to question my way with vendors hawking their “frictionless” wares to arrive at a clear understanding of what they actually meant. The typical conference attendee, however, would likely not have been able to make these distinctions and would be left with, at best, a misguided understanding of the true role for, and power of, biometrics.  Again, even though it will make industry insider heads explode, I have just three things to say about this state of affairs: “Market Education, Market Education, and Market Education!”

Big Banks Are Slow Movers while Mid-level Banks are Not Convinced they have a Problem Biometrics Can Solve

Large banks and financial services organizations seem to clearly recognize they have a fraud and related identity problem that biometrics can help address. They appear committed to change, but incremental change that does not dramatically impact the overall market infrastructure, their position in it, or their existing physical and digital infrastrucure.

Meanwhile, mid-level banks that are structurally more flexible and therefore able to incorporate biometric-based identity solutions more easily and reap genuine rewards, remain skeptical. It is not clear if this is just typical financial services resistance to change, the inability to recognize the depth of the challenge they face, or just overwhelm in the face of technology that they are unfamiliar with.

It took forty years for ATMs to become mainstream – likely for similar sets of institutiaonl reasons. Unfortunately, established financial services organizations – large and small – don’t have the luxury of waiting forty years for the fintech revolution to take hold. Innovation is spreading across developing economies where urgency is high and barriers to adoption are either low or simply do not exist.  In many of these locations biometric-based solutions are enabling the secure delivery of financial services to those previously unable to access them – the worlds’ more than 2 billon unbanked.  These markets are living laboratories for biometric solutions that may very well radically reshape the global financial services market and potentially disrupt the existing major players out of their positions of dominance, or even existence.

Even as GDPR and PSD2 secure and reshape the European financial services ecosystem opening the door for digital innovation, the United States market, where many global leaders are based, seems ill prepared for the level of transformation and associated disruption that is happening now in the financial services realm.

Time for a New Name!

When this innovative event – the Granddaddy of fintech conferences – was launched in 2012, 2020 seemed a lifetime away. Given the pace of technology evolution, an eight year window for transformation seem appropriate. Now with four global events on three continents, the still nascent state of the burgeoning fintech market, and the end of the decade upon us, perhaps it is time for a rebranding? Money2030 here we come ….

#biometric #biometrics #payments #mobile #mobility #money #mobilebiometrics

Related Content

Acuity makes the case for Cloud biometrics in “Taming the Authentication Beast: Simplifying and Enhancing the Customer Journey with Biometrics in the Cloud.” Download the whitepaper at www.acuity-mi.com/CloudFS.php.

Biometric transaction forecasts and analysis of the mobile biometric market are available in Acuity’s “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report” at www.acuity-mi.com/GBMR_Report.php

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C. Maxine Most is the Principal and Founder of Acuity Market Intelligence (http://www.acuity-mi.com), an emerging technology strategy and research consultancy with a proven record of accurately anticipating biometric and digital identity market trends. Follow Maxine on twitter @cmaxmost.

Contact: Acuity Market Intelligence +1 303 449 1897, [email protected]


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Taming the Authentication Beast: Simplifying and Enhancing the Customer Journey with Biometrics in the Cloud

Posted: September 19th, 2017 | Author:

Financial service organizations that want to reap the benefits of the digital revolution to improve security, reduce friction, lower costs, and attract the most desirable customers, will adopt biometric authentication in the Cloud as the foundation for enhancing and securing the customer journey.

Biometrics are a global phenomenon that financial service players ignore at their peril. Acuity forecasts that by 2022, 5.6 billion biometric mobile devices will secure 1.37 trillion biometrically-enabled payment and non-payment transactions. On-device biometrics may improve the user authentication experience, but the big financial service payoff will come from Cloud-biometrics that also provide secure, reliable identity assurance.

Pushing biometrics to “the edge” of the financial service ecosystem, e.g. smartphones, simplifies authentication and reduces friction, but on-device biometrics can only link a user to a specific device,. Cloud-based, or server-side, biometrics simplify authentication and reduce friction while linking an individual to a Unique Verifiable Identity (UVI) that is device and platform independent, and provides a non-revocable user, not device-based, audit trail for each transaction.

 

Concerns about Cloud biometric data being vulnerable to theft and misuse have been sensationalized. Best practice approaches to deploy solutions purpose-built to secure biometrics, address data storage and management concerns. This includes anonymous storage, disaggregating biometrics from other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) – including templates from multiple biometric modalities – and installing anti-spoofing and presentation attack countermeasures.

Biometrics in the Cloud support continuous authentication via behavioral biometrics, and enable multifactor ’escalation,’ or step-up capabilities, that introduce biometric challenge and response protocols based on dynamic risk assessments. Cloud biometrics should therefore be viewed as more than just a means to enhance the customer journey, but as a path to creating an intelligent, identity-centric platform that addresses authentication risk across the entire financial service enterprise.

Acuity makes the case for Cloud biometrics in our latest whitepaper  Taming the Authentication Beast: Simplifying and Enhancing the Customer Journey with Biometrics in the Cloud.” Download the whitepaper at www.acuity-mi.com/CloudFS.php.


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Mobile Biometric Market Forecast to Exceed $50.6 Billion in Annual Revenue in 2022

Posted: September 14th, 2017 | Author:

Acuity Market Intelligence released our updated forecasts for the mobile biometrics market. The potential for consumer use of mobile biometrics dwarfs any previous application of biometrics.

  • Annual revenue from biometrics embedded in mobile devices, biometric app downloads, and biometric transactions authentication are projected to grow from $6.5 billion in 2016 to $50.6 billion in 2022 reflecting a CAGR of nearly 41% with total forecast period revenues exceeding $193 billion.
  • More than 1.9 billion biometrically enabled mobile devices will be in circulation by the end of 2017. This will grow to an unprecedented 5.5 billion devices by 2022 as this massive, globally available platform remains the driving force behind worldwide biometric adoption.
  • By 2020, biometrics will be standard on 100% of the nearly 2.4 billion mobile devices sold each year.
  • By 2022, 98% of all mobile devices will be biometrically enabled generating 16.7 billion biometric app downloads and more than 1.37 trillion payment and non-payment mobile devices transactions that require some level of biometric authentication.

As the Equifax debacle and fallout goes viral on social media, and Apple once again redefines the biometrics landscape with the introduction of 3D FaceID on the iPhone, the casualties of inadequate digital security mount and drive demand for better identity solutions.

Mobile biometrics are just beginning to address the digital identity challenge. To date, biometrics have been widely adopted as a convenient PIN alternative for unlocking smartphones. By 2018, the introduction of hardened mobile biometric security and the emergence of Biometrics Identity Service Providers (BISPs) will shift market focus from on-device authentication to Cloud-based, server-side solutions that will begin to replace traditional digital identity schemes altogether.

For detailed forecasts and analysis of the mobile biometric market, preview and purchase “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report” at www.acuity-mi.com/GBMR_Report.php


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Acuity Market Intelligence’s 2017 Crystal Ball

Posted: January 26th, 2017 | Author:


T
en Top Trends for Biometrics & Digital Identity

The following are Acuity’s prognostications for how the markets for Biometrics and Digital Identity will develop in 2017.  Over the next few weeks, I will elaborate on each one. Stay tuned …

 

 

#1: Behavioral biometrics on smartphones AND associated privacy issues and PII concerns will go mainstream.

#2: Iris biometrics breakout as smartphone availability drives consumer acceptance up and price points down.

#3: Security impact and liability implications of PII via Iot begin to sink in with Enterprise Executives.

#4: Cloud based biometrics are recognized as critical Infrastructure for global digital payments and commerce platforms.

#5: Link between digital identity, smartphones & mobile & stationary #smart devices begins to be monetized

#6: New monetization models for digital identity emerge, shifting power from commercial enterprises to consumers.

#7 Secure mobile smartphone credentials drive infrastructure development with migration from tests and pilots to deployments.

#8: Many fintech innovators are swallowed by large BFSIs thwarting their impact on industry transformation.

#9: A handful of fintech standouts committed to disruption emerge as potential threats to the status quo.

#10: Biometrics and digital identity begins to be understood as a force for social justice, equity, privacy, and accessibility.


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