Biometrics: Future Vision

Biometric technologies are already making our lives easier, more convenient and more secure. We’re using facial and voice recognition to log into our smart phones and control our smart homes. It’s helping us become a passwordless society, which is an enormously welcome thing for those of us who can’t remember the all those secret words and special characters, or those who use one password across all accounts and devices (that’s a no-no by the way).

In addition to replacing passwords, the applications of biometrics technology will also help us become a tagless society, thanks to the innovations at BagsID. The same principles of measuring body type, size, shape, color and unique characteristics are being implemented for tracking baggage – which will do away with hundreds of thousands of pounds in waste with current paper/ink and RFID solutions.

The future is exciting. In fact, according to MarketWatch, the global market revenue for biometrics is projected to rise by over 18% annually between now and 2030 (to a whopping $139.6 billion). Here’s what’s in store for in the next few years, driving that trend:

IN TRAVEL

Biometrics: In Travel

Biometrics: In Travel

  • Airports, train stations, bus stations, cruise lines, hotels, theme parks, and other travel and hospitality companies all have the same big concern – security. From identifying known criminals to catching suspected terrorists, preventing identity fraud to detecting unlawful objects such as weapons and illegal substances. They have a lot on their shoulders when it comes to protecting their customers, their bottom lines, and their reputations.
  • Soon, biometrics will be employed more deeply across the travel and hospitality industry, both to solve the above concerns and create a better, more streamlined customer experience. This will include self check-in kiosks, hazardous material detection, and baggage authentication and tracking (that’s where BagsID comes in, of course).
  • Electronic passports (E-passports) are one of the latest developments for individual authentication. They use biometric features of the holder and help reduce the instances of fakes and forgeries.
  • Screening systems will be able to scan both people and their luggage and may eventually include voice, face, retina, iris and fingerprints on people as well as x-ray and photo recognition for baggage.
  • But security isn’t their only concern, ancillary revenue and cargo/fuel consumption (via smarter weight distribution) will be too. BagsID can help with that when it comes to baggage and more efficient use of space below the wing, but passengers themselves may one day be charged for their extra packed-on (not packed-in) pounds. Some airlines have even tried weighing customers individually as did Finnair in 2017 and Transavia in 2019. Samoa Air became the first airline to charge passengers by the kilo rather than per person. It’s a more controversial take on where biometrics may impact ticket prices, and only time will tell if more airlines will have the audacity to try it.
  • When it comes to adventures in your own backyard, your car may soon be operated by voice control, eliminating the need for buttons and dials. This way, drivers can easily control a variety of vehicle functions without looking down and instead focus their attention where it belongs – on the road.

EVERYWHERE

Biometrics: Everywhere

Biometrics: Everywhere

  • Currently, we can be identified by our fingers, eyes and face, but that’s just scratching the surface (literally). Companies are experimenting with every trait you can imagine, from heart rate to gait (yes, how you walk), blood and eye vessels to the shape of your earlobes, keystroke speed and style to personal aroma – talk about invasive!
  • We’re even improving centuries-old fingerprint identification. By creating a 3D image of a fingerprint, you can better analyze and compare all of its minutiae. It’s so much more accurate than our 2D scans and ink prints – and it’ll be in use more and more in the next few years.
  • We’re also bounding into multimodal biometrics, surpassing single factor authentication. Instead of using one biometric marker, we’ll use multiple, which is harder to fake and will substantially reduce the possibility of fraud. This can include the incorporation of access tokens via personal devices (which already use facial, fingerprint and iris scanning capabilities).

IN BUSINESS

Biometrics: In Business

Biometrics: In Business

  • Besides the workplace security implications mentioned above, biometrics are going to be good for business too. HR departments can use biometrics to collect more accurate attendance, increase employee accountability (and therefore productivity), eliminate unnecessary payroll costs, and reduce labor costs.
  • Nixing ID cards and key fobs also eliminates expensive production photography, printing and lamination costs. And that means it is better for the environment, too.

IN FINANCE

  • Mobile payments are a more popular choice than card payments because they’re considered more secure. An Apple Pay user, for example, can confirm their identity by scanning their finger with their own iPhone. It’s not just cool and secure, it is also contactless – something we can all appreciate after experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Online banking currently relies on passwords and, in rare cases, fingerprints, facial recognition and retinal scans. Considered a vital area for increased protections for both customer and institution alike, the biometric technologies being used are going to be advanced considerably – most likely using two- or multi-factor verification.

IN HEALTHCARE

  • Health care providers have been historically poor at sharing patient data and medical histories with one another due to HIPAA (Health Information Privacy) laws and the patient data protection it requires. Because of this, there’s been no central repository for patient information which can lead to system abuse (especially in the case of prescription addiction). This isn’t just a one-country issue either, it is a global concern.
  • The health care industry will be working to fix this dilemma through the use of biometrics to establish irrefutable identity. It will optimize patient treatment and eliminate the possibility of errors.
  • An added bonus, the employment of this technology will help actual employment too – relieving staff from repetitive, wasteful, time-consuming work related to entering logins, passwords, requesting patient information from one clinic to another (which often requires mounds of paperwork), and more.

There is impressive potential for biometrics in our future, touching almost every facet of our lives and making almost all processes easier and more secure. Because the technology is inventing and innovating by the minute, it is hard to accurately predict what’s possible and how soon we’ll enjoy it in our daily lives. But it’s coming – and fast.

It’s an exciting time to witness. It’s even more thrilling to be a part of. We can’t wait to deploy our BagsID Baggage Biometrics in airports around the world. Why do we consider our technology “biometrics” when it isn’t actually involved with “biological” stuff? It’s easy to explain. Think about it this way:

  • Body type/shape = Baggage type/dimensions/shape
  • Body size/weight = Baggage size/weight/distribution
  • Skin, hair, eye tone/type = Baggage material/color
  • Personal characteristics (freckles, moles, scars, tattoos) = Baggage details (stickers, patches, ribbon, paint) and defects (scratches, dents, tears)

The impact BagsID Baggage Biometrics will have on the environment, on passenger experiences, and on the business of air travel itself is truly inspiring. Just like passwords will be a thing of the past, so will tags.

For more information on our innovative technology and all its uses, applications and benefits, visit: www.bagsID.com. Here’s to a no-tag bag future!

IN SECURITY

Biometrics: In Security

Biometrics: In Security

  • Too many systems depend on social security numbers for identification and authentication. Unfortunately, with so many highly publicized company hacks and information leaks, this is a very dangerous game. Once your social is in the wrong hands, it is very difficult to protect yourself. It’s time for us to move away from such antiquated systems, keeping our social a little less “social.” Biometrics is the answer.
  • Not only is reliance on social security numbers a thing of the past, drivers license numbers will be too. In fact, the physical license itself (and all plastic cards) will soon be extinct. They can get lost, stolen or forged; passwords can be compromised. If our purchases and identification were tied to our actual identity via biometrics, we won’t have to carry anything on us at all. Everything we need we were born with – and it is much more difficult to fake.
  • Speaking of physical cards, keycards and fobs will also be out the window. Employers will rely on fingerprint and hand scanners more and more. Eventually that level of security will evolve into even more innovative technologies like retinal scanning and facial recognition. Bye-bye clumsy ID lanyard.
  • Forensics is going to get more sophisticated too. Watch out future criminals, you’ll have less chance of getting away with it. So many ways to find, photo, scan, compare and contrast who you are and where you’ve been are coming soon to a police station near you.