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Biometrics research brief: privacy, biometrics-as-a-service, forensic technologies

Author: huifan   Time: 2018-04-11


According to a survey of 500 residents in the District of Columbia metropolitan area by Accenture Federal Services, only 25 percent of millennial respondents said they are willing to share retinal scans with government versus 41 percent of baby boomers. Further, despite the growing popularity of voice-activated assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, only 31 percent of respondents said they would be comfortable sharing their voice ID with government in exchange for better service. The survey also found that men are more receptive to futuristic methods of data-sharing: 12 percent said they would be open to receiving a government microchip implant if it meant they’d receive more personalized service from government, compared to only three percent of women. The survey did find that more citizens would share their fingerprints (51%) than their social security number (45%). In general, the survey found that the majority of citizens – 66 percent of women and 84 percent of men – are willing to share some form of information (e.g. driver’s license number, retinal scans, fingerprints and voice ID) in exchange for better government service.


According to research published by MarketInsightReports, the global biometrics-as-a-service market was valued at US$698 million in 2016 and is projected to reach US$6.9 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 29 percent from 2017 to 2025. Biometrics-as-a-service offers several advantages that include: quick integration and deployment; affordable biometrics-on-demand; time keeping; verification; high scalability; security; and easy implementation on any network endpoint. Key service offerings, according to report, include: workforce management; law enforcement and border control; mobile banking, payments, and authentication; identity proofing and credentialing; and civil identity and elections.

Forensic technologies

According to Zion Market Research, the global forensic technologies market was valued at approximately US$24.17 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around US$46.74 billion by end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of 11.4 percent between 2017 and 2023. Forensic technology is used for identification, interpretation, and assessment of substantial evidence gathered from the site of a crime. Forensic technology have undergone tremendous developments, which in turn have increased the number of its applications, as well as market demand. The technologies provide effective and reliable results. The increasing importance of DNA testing contributes greatly to the development of the market. A major factor limiting the growth are regulatory constraints for these technologies. Growth opportunities however are increasing due to the increased backlog of cases requiring forensics and due to the outsourcing of case results by governments.