Will biometric authentication be the norm in access control?


Traditionally physical security systems rely on cards, PINs, or more recently, Bluetooth tokens. But is there a shift to Biometric authentication? We see in our everyday life that our unique biometric data is becoming a vital element in unlocking our devices such as mobile phones, tablets, cars, or personal and business laptops.  The popularity of biometric authentication, such as Apple’s TouchID, or the Android Dr.Fone application, is undoubtedly proof that consumers trust biometrics, but are there risks? While fingerprint or facial recognition for device authentication is now commonplace on smartphones, tablets, and PCs, there are still risks to individuals around fraud and identity theft.

Based on the growing acceptance of Biometric authentication, it’s safe to assume it is here to stay. But with its rising popularity also comes growing concerns around the technologies and levels of security imposed by manufacturers and the possible implications that can stem from it if compromised. As these concerns are addressed, we can expect to see the adoption of biometric technology increase significantly.

So will there be a shift to a more biometric authentication access control era? Undoubtedly, identification has now started to play a growing role in our everyday security. Biometrics will become an increasing player as an authentication option, but the shift will be gradual as biometric solutions still require technological advances and better approaches to securing data.