Since 9/11, the US government has become a biometrics proponent. The federal government has advocated using biometrics to make sure that only legitimate individuals enter and exit the US. In addition to requiring biometric passports for its citizens, the US government has also cajoled other governments into requiring that their citizens also rely on the technology. Because of these initiatives, market research firm ABI Research expects sales of passport biometics readers to rise from $300 million this year to about $1 billion in 2012.
The governmentï¿¼s requirement could create a ripple effect in the biometrics market. Its new stipulations will pump a lot of money into the biometrics market. As new markets expand, they often move away from proprietary products to standard components. This change is needed with biometrics because connecting these devices to existing applications has been a tedious task, one requiring custom engineering and design work. Another plus is more individuals will become familiar with this security option. After seeing how useful it is, they may support rather than fight groups promoting its use.
The US government has been at the forefront of many other technological innovations. The governmentï¿¼s interest in satellite communications led to developments, such as satellite television and radio. The federal government laid the foundation for the Internet. Ideally, its move into biometrics will help expand that market and provide the industry with a simple and efficient way to authenticate users.