Deloitte predicts one billion devices will have biometric security in 2017

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 17 January 2017
 Deloitte predicts one billion devices will have biometric security in 2017

More than a billion devices, predominantly smartphones, will incorporate fingerprint readers in 2017, predicts Deloitte.

Deloitte’s TMT Predictions 2017 report, which covers the technology, media and telecommunications sector, forecasts that the active base of fingerprint reader-equipped devices will top one billion for the first time in early 2017. Each sensor will be used an average of 30 times per day, resulting in more than 10 trillion aggregate uses globally.

The analyst firm expects that around 40% of all smartphones in developed countries will incorporate a fingerprint reader by December 2017, up from 30% in mid-2016. At least 80% of users with these smartphones will use the fingerprint sensor regularly, a rise from 69% of users who did so in mid-2016.

“Billions of smartphones and tablets are expected to be capable of processing and collecting multiple types of biometric inputs, including face recognition, voice pattern and iris scan in 2017, but usage of fingerprints will lead the way,” said Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Deloitte. “The rapid pace of adoption of this technology will likely be met with additional applications that could use fingerprint readers to provide fast and secure authentication.”

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