International Biometrics

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Using biometrics to verify one’s identity is no longer a hypothesized scenario of the future, but today’s reality.

A survey by the Consumer Technology Association found that 90% of U.S. consumers are familiar with some form of biometric technology (thumbprints, facial and iris recognition), and 62% said they are comfortable with the use of it.

The use and implementation of biometric data to verify and authenticate identities is becoming a global trend.

UK: Consumers Demand Biometric Security Features for Banking

This past summer the U.K.-based bank HSBC introduced voice recognition and touch ID services to 15 million customers, in response to boost their security measures after a recent online cyber attack.

Over a third of British consumers will choose a bank based on the security measures, and 26% believe that banks could have higher security measures that protect customer’s data from hackers.

The “2016 Future Password Index”, release by the Intelligent Environment, shows that UK consumers are open to using biometric security features.

60% of UK consumers would use iris recognition and 54% said they would use fingerprint scanners.

In this day and age when bank data breaches are becoming a trend, 51% of UK banking customers expects banks to have more innovative security measures.

Banks and businesses that are interested in using biometrics to protect their customer’s data should consider using Gardevant™. With encryption and multimodal biometric security features, the Gardevant™ card authenticates, verifies and protects cardholders’ identities and prevents credit card and identity fraud.

Germany: Protecting Commuters at Train Stations

 Facial recognition video surveillance will be tested in several of Germany’s train stations according to a leaked parliamentary document. The use of facial recognition software is part of a draft law that will increase video surveillance in public spaces across the country and find terrorist suspects.

Some German citizens are in objection to video surveillance based off of the argument of the right to privacy, but the federal police already have access to 6,400 cameras and 1,730 cameras installed at Germany’s five largest airports. 

Turkey: Monitor Country Entry & Exit

Early in 2016 Turkey and the EU decided to use biometric passports to record the entry of Turkey migrants into Europe.

The card acts as a biometric passport that holds the user’s biometric data and fingerprint information and personal information such as the name, birthplace, and passport number.

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