Your lens on the world of biometrically enabled identification solutions


Volume 4, Issue 2

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September 2009

Inside this Issue

Editor's Intro
Biometric Surveillance Achieves 61% CAGR Through 2017
India De-dupes 56 Million Iris Images and Adopts a UID
NFC - The Driver of Biometrics for Financial Services??
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Welcome to the September Biometrics Market Intelligence eUpdate. This edition offers further insights from The Future of Biometrics industry research report that Acuity published and presented to you last month. The topic is biometric surveillance and the headline - staggering 61% compound annual growth - will undoubtedly conjure up both Yikes and Yippees depending on whether you are a privacy advocate or a struggling provider of distance based biometrics.

We also take a quick look at some of the new biometric efforts in India as this one billion strong country aggressively pursues biometrically enabled ID programs, as well as provide perspective on how Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled phones/PDAs might actually drive significant biometric adoption for financial services.


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C. Maxine Most

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Acuity Market Intelligence    


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Biometric Surveillance Forecast to Reach 61% CAGR Through 2017 Representing $872 Million in Annual Revenue

According to Acuity's latest forecasts (published in the August 2009 edition of The Future of Biometrics report), the market for Biometric Surveillance is expected to grow at an astounding compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60.99% from 2009 through 2017. Surveillance is projected to post the strongest market share gain of all biometric applications from less than 1% to nearly 8% of total market value representing growth from $19 million to $872 million in annual revenue.

Biometric Surveillance is the ultimate dream application of intelligence and defense communities and the waking nightmare of privacy and civil liberty advocates. Until now the conflict and debate have been largely academic. However, today, there are biometric technologies providing distance-based, real-time, non-cooperative image capture i.e. surveillance. Both Face and Iris recognition are commercially available in the two-meter range and are on the verge of operating in the ten-meter range. Another emerging biometric of interest in the surveillance arena is gait recognition. This is particularly useful when trying to identify an individual whose face and/or iris are not visible.


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India De-dupes 56 Million Iris Images and Adopts a UID


Massive Iris Database De-duping
4G Identity Solutions (4G ID) has been awarded a $6 million+ US contract for the world's largest biometric de-duplication project; the consolidation and de-duping of a civil database of 82 million citizen demographic details with iris codes for 56 million.

Due to the limitations of the original enrollment solution - separate regional databases with enrollments over four years - the databases could not be consolidated or checked for duplicate/fraudulent enrollments. So, 4G will embark on an unprecedented de-duping exercise performing over 6.26 quadrillion (6,262,668,889,152,840) iris matches.

4G will also be searching biographic data for duplicate enrollments in records where no irises are available. 4G ambitious plans call for the project to be completed in 60 days. I am not convinced, but it certainly would be a significant milestone for the biometrics industry.


India's Groundbreaking UID
India is once again taking the lead in implementing biometric identification solutions by creating the world's largest biometric ID database. A planned Unique Identification (UID) number for more than a billion Indian citizens will be backed by biometric authentication via fingerprints and facial images. The application will be deployed to enable real time enrollment and fraud screening. The biometric evidence will be stored online in what will be the biggest such national database in the world.

This effort is intended to provide a single ID system that encompasses 80 million income tax payers with a Permanent Account Number (PAN), 200 million public and private bank account holders, 500 million mobile phone users, and more than 600 million Indians with election cards. Other relevant databases include Indian passport holders, public distribution system cards for food for the poor, and the list of cooking gas consumers in the country.

According to Indian officials, this project is intended to be "pro-poor and inclusive" by providing proof of identity to "people on the margins" that today is primarily available to the middle class and the rich in multiple forms.

The unique number will not be an identity card per se but rather a number that will be included in documents like election identity cards, PAN cards and bank account numbers The government expects to issue the first UID numbers within 12-18 months and provide a unique identification number to every Indian citizen within five years. Again, extremely ambitious and likely to take far longer, but significant in the breadth and scope of the endeavor.

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NFC - The Driver of Biometrics for Financial Services??


The evolution of the Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled mobile phones (and PDAs) could very well be the engine that ultimately drives the adoption of biometrics for Financial Services. There have been dozens of successful pilots and tests of this technology across the US, Europe, Asia, India, and Australia. Almost without exception, when the programs are completes, participants complain about giving up their phones. This infatuation with NFC will likely lead to fairly rapid development of integrated NFS transaction infrastructures that continue to enable more and more advanced information and financial transaction capability.

This will be a problem crying out for biometrics. Not only to lock the devices, which will become increasingly more valuable as they hold more and more personal and financial information, but also to authenticate high-risk or high-value transactions. Tens of millions of mobile devices are already shipping with embedded biometrics with these numbers likely to rapidly increase over the next few years. It may very well be that as NFC proliferates and mobile phones and PDA’s become personal authentication devices—holding everything from credit card information and boarding passes to healthcare records and ePassports—biometric authentication’s essential role in this transaction infrastructure will then force more mainstream integration of biometrics in traditional information and transaction environments. It is very possible that this level of consumer uptake and demand may very well end up driving Financial Service enterprise adoption of biometrics.

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Recommended Events



Acuity Principal C. Maxine Most, will be presenting a workshop on Identifying Biometrics Niches




Following on from a highly successful event in 2009, SDW 2010 will once again bring together the full industry spectrum in an exciting two-day conference and exhibition. Designed for all those involved in document anti-counterfeiting, the issuing of ePassports, visas, e-ID, and driving licences, as well as immigration officials, customs, police, civil aviation, and other border control and security authorities - SDW 2010 comprehensively covers the field.

Contact: Mark Lockie, +44 (0)29 20 560458



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