In 2014 ‘Internet of Things’ advances in merging with biometric devices and services


For years, the ‘Internet of Things’ has evolved as a game-changer movement. The Swedish Telecom giant Ericsson envisions 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Many sources, including a few I gathered below, predict it as a main trend for 2014: The Rise of ‘Internet of Things’, IoT.

‘Internet of Things’ impact biometric-based applications? It already has: just look at the growing market for networked biometric capture devices for e.g. Physical Access Control applications; and PAC is the beginning.

International standards:
For core biometric Web services, OASIS and its members have been leading the way with published standards and reference implementations. For a general IoT introduction, see TED/OASIS videos.

Next development:
More than a decade ago we laid the foundation for our company, Optimum Biometric Labs, with our Web services-based operational monitoring and reporting tool, BioUptime. Today, we are moving forward our pioneering function by partnering with biometric vendors and system owners who want to offer and maintain maximum quality to users while minimizing operational costs.

In the era of ‘Internet of Biometric Devices and Services’ it becomes increasingly important to keep an eye on their vital operational aspects. I’m privileged that our contribution and advocacy are gaining more momentum.

Happy New Year!
Babak Goudarzipour, CEO, Optimum Biometric Labs

Ericsson LabsWired Magazine, The GuardianVentureBeat, CNBC, CIO Magazine, QuartzThe Atlantic, IDG ComputerWorld, Forbes, InformationWeek

Update: In fact, Ericsson ConsumerLab identifies both Biometrics and Internet of things (see ‘Sensors in daily places’) as 10 hot consumer trends for 2014 and beyond. See the infograph report.