Unisys is predicting that 2006 will be the year of biometric security following its successful application in electronic passports.
According to a report issued by the security company, Australia’s successful introduction of the world’s first biometrically enabled ePassports has driven the technology to the point of commercial application.
The US has already set a deadline date of October 2006 for the introduction of biometric passports for visitors without visas. While many Asian countries such as China and Japan are already evaluating, planning, piloting or deploying smart cards with biometric features for use as national identity verification.
Terry Hartmann, director of secure identification at Unisys, said the adoption of biometrics was just a matter of time. Now that the concept has been proven in a public context, this will pave the way for the adoption of biometrics by the commercial sector.
He went on to say, Other government departments that need to verify identity, such as drivers’ licenses and welfare, will also consider the technology initially, after which the private sector will be prompted to investigate how it can solve existing problems, such as building access control, via the use of biometrics.