A bright future for biometrics

Interest in biometrics is so high in the region that companies like LogicaCMG are establishing full time knowledge resources around electronic identity at their Middle East offices.

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By  Sathya Mithra Ashok Published  May 9, 2007

Interest in biometrics is so high in the region that companies like LogicaCMG are establishing full time knowledge resources around electronic identity at their Middle East offices. The resources will include expertise on facial recognition technology, and “multi-modal” biometrics with its product Biofuse, which analyses a range of characteristics to identify an individual. According to the company, the move is a result of and reflects the growing demand among organisations and consumers in the region for biometric electronic identity solutions. LogicaCMG states that this interest is reflected across a broad range of industries, with an increase in the number of pilots and initial implementations in the Middle East and biometric processes being incorporated into national identity schemes, border controls and airport immigration gates. According to Tim Best, director of Global Identity Solutions for LogicaCMG, the number of potential applications for the new technology goes even further. “Biometric technology can play a key role in providing physical access to buildings and vehicles to legitimate users, offering remote identification for people shopping online and even protecting the users of automated teller machines. We’re encountering strong demand from organisations in the Middle East because of the potential for biometrics to reduce identity theft and ensure accurate verification,” he says. LogicaCMG also believes that companies which invest in the new generation of technology could even find that customers trust their brand and services more. Consumer research commissioned by LogicaCMG and conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne in 2006 revealed that the introduction of biometrics could lead to much greater consumer confidence when switching between different bank accounts and other financial products, for example. The research found that, on average, 57% of people would be more likely to change their current account provider if all it took was an identity card and fingerprint to establish and prove identity.

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