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On the Pulse Conversation: What are the predictions for the future of biometrics and how do we ensure responsible use?

28 June 2023, 12:00-13:00

Online, and on demand

On the Pulse Conversation: What do you need to know about biometric authentication? is now available to Biometrics Institute members on-demand here.

60 minutes


The Biometrics Institute aims to deliver content to its members in a timely and concise format. Our online On the Pulse Conversations allow our members to connect globally and discuss important topics as and when the conversation is most needed.

This Conversation will be available on demand to all members. Members are invited to make a short submission to present a three-minute viewpoint on the theme at the start of the conversation. This is limited to a maximum of three viewpoints and requires a request to present.

What are the predictions for the future of biometrics and how do we ensure responsible use?

Adoption of biometrics moves at an unprecedented pace and new use cases are continuously evolving. The pandemic has accelerated the need for secure digital transactions. Biometrics have an important role to play in providing convenience through seamless transactions and stronger security while ensuring data and privacy are protected. This event will provide an opportunity for our community to brainstorm what our world will look like in five to ten years’ time and how we need to be prepared for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead to ensure the responsible, ethical and effective use of biometrics.

The conversation will discuss some of the current trends as outlined in the Institute’ State of Biometrics Report. It will test some ideas with the attendees and experts and leave you walk away inspired about what lies ahead and how we can shape the future. It will cover questions such as:

  • What do we see as key challenges and opportunities for the biometrics industry in the next 3, 5 and 10 years?
    • What geopolitical developments do we anticipate e.g. will the EU still exist? Will we see cross-border governance to achieve globally interoperable identity confirmation on-line and off?
    • How is technology going to evolve – what about quantum computing and AI? Will interoperable foundational identity be created separate from functional, remote on-boarding and authentication at high assurance levels, contactless identification?
    • Policy and legal – what laws will have passed and which ones may be needed? How will policy makers understand what ecosystems and guardrails must be in place that facilitate the provisioning of foundational identity and the functional use of same – across borders?
    • Public perception of biometrics – what will it look like? How will we establish and demonstrate trust, ease of use, and utility?
    • National and regional differences – will there be a divide between different countries/regions in the use of biometrics, when it comes to aspects like privacy, safe-guards etc?
  • Are there ways to make the opportunities a reality (and how) and mitigate the challenges?
  • What do you see as the role of the Biometrics Institute in shaping this future?