Trends in Biometric Technology 2015

The world today moves ahead with technological advancements every day. In this digital age where dependence on online businesses and marketing is growing, the security threats are also not much behind. In this field, Biometric technology has played a massive role in enhancing security, which is a step-up from the previous password protection or Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) methods.

Biometrics is quite useful and better for a number of reasons. It uses technology that examines a human body’s characteristics like DNA, facial patterns, eye retina, and hand measurements for authentication processes. A person is identified by the blood vessel pattern beneath the skin – which is unique to each individual. Such a process is quite secure as cloning a human’s DNA or facial patterns is a much harder task than cracking passwords. This year saw various trends in Biometrics Technology, which is most likely to rise in the coming years.

Some of the trends are as follows:

1. Incorporating biometrics in money transaction businesses

Online shopping is a major source of income and a usual trend these days thereby holding many security threats as well such as credit card frauds. In this case, biometric plays a very important role as recently MasterCard is about to launch a facial recognition service wherein customers can complete transactions with just a selfie.

The various shopping portals will include a Biometric scanner in their shopping process with facial recognition system which will help in completing transactions with a single scan of the customer’s face.

2. Mobile Biometric System

Mobiles have been a major part of our lives. This year the number of mobile phone users has reached almost 6 billion. Therefore, government and private commerce are converging to mobile biometrics to speed up the identification process. This trend is rising because biometrics cannot always be carried out in a closed location. Sometimes, biometric identifications go places where people go like stadiums, markets or simply public places.

One great example of the Mobile Biometric System is the Iraqi automated border control system. There are at least 100 mobile biometric checkpoints with over a million registrations. This helps in keeping a check and protecting them from insurgents.

3. Cloud Based Biometric Security

This is in relation to the mobile biometric system. The details of the biometric are coupled with a cloud-based server, which in response helps in pacing the verification process. Cloud saved biometric data is more secured than locally saved biometric data.

4. Biometric Single Sign on (SSO)

Another rising trend seen is the use of a Biometric Single Sign on (SSO). With this system, the individual does not have to remember ID’s and passwords for every account. This helps in speeding up the work and additionally helps to swap the problem of remembering multiple passwords.

5. National Security Measures

Biometric system comes in very handy to the governments who are switching to it in order to enhance national security. The main reason for this is that there are a high number of digital interactions between countries, with a highly vulnerable security risk. Using Biometrics decreases the hack rate and opens a channel for safe information transfers.

6. Future Proof Technology

Biometrics seems to be a guaranteed improvement in terms of enhancing security and increasing work speed, two of the biggest traits required for development. Hence, investing in this technology seems to be the forte of many private firms and government agencies especially the secret services like CIA of USA or R&AW of India.

Apart from these rising trends, numerous more developments that are pursued which might be part of future trends include the voice printing and heartbeat authentication.

Institutions are using frequency estimations, neural networks and Gaussian mixture models to process and store voiceprints. This system focuses on the speaking aspect of the individual and therefore applicable in the fields of kidnapping, ransom demands and crank phone calls.

Companies illustrating exceeding innovations are using one-step verification using heartbeat authentication. This technique is applicable as wearable wristbands, which checks a person’s exclusive electrocardiograph, making false identification very hard.


Biometric technology presently represents the safest procedure as far as online security is concerned. The innovative method has a large scale following and with the way things are going this system seems just the right one to follow. However, the hackers are also showing innovations in their fields and a recent example of that is the hacking group called Chaos Computer Club who replicated the fingerprint of the German defense Minister. Therefore, how the security firms encounter such lapses is to be seen in the future.

Name Brand Computers and Laptops for Less

In the world we live in, we are downright spoiled with the choices we are provided. In the technology world it’s no different. From desktop computers to laptops to iPads we have so many options when it comes to computing. The user favorite appears to be a device which is mobile, lightweight and sleek (something that just looks cool)!

We are so accustomed to being given choices we wouldn’t have it any other way. When it comes to laptops and I-Pads some of the more popular choices on the market are high-quality name brand items such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Getting any one of these products is fairly easy enough either through their brick and mortar store or online.

It may take some searching but there are some lesser known websites with the same high quality products with less overhead that will sell the same or similar products cheaper! Products are sold brand new, new, refurbished or used. This gives the buyer many options to choose from when making a buying decision. It may not be necessary to purchase a particular product brand new. Saving money is everyone’s best friend… never met anyone who didn’t want to save a buck!

Tip# 1: When I shop whether it’s for food, clothing or items online for my family, I’m not necessarily brand loyal. I almost always go for the comparable item which is lower priced. How about you? Always read labels and take a quick look at online reviews at products; this can be done on your smartphone when you’re at the store prior to your purchase.

Tip# 2: In addition to shopping smart and finding the best price for the same product, I am always looking for an online company who offers Free Shipping on each of their products with no minimum purchase. You cannot always get all these advantages from one company. You just need to search for one that meets your needs.

Tip# 3: Coupons, coupons, coupons! Consumers think of coupons primarily when they shop at the supermarket. The fact is, most manufacturers (Apparel, Home and Garden, Electronics, Automotive, etc.) will send you coupons for their products by mail or have them posted on their website. Seek and ye shall find!

Tip# 4: Social media. Use the power of the internet to ask for opinions on a product, business establishment or proprietor. This will either confirm your first impression or have you running quickly in the opposite direction. Good luck!

Electronic Contract Manufacturing Today

Fifty years ago, all components of an electronic product were manufactured by the same company that produced the final product. This meant that the manufacturer had to purchase the raw materials, employ experts, carry inventory for each and every individual component that goes into the product. In addition, this made it extremely difficult for small companies with small runs to enter the market and compete.

The market was ready for ‘electronic contract manufacturers’ that specialized in the design and manufacture of specific components that would then be sold to the OEM to be placed in the final product. Narrowing the focusing of a company to just one product or component, allowed them to offer economies of scale in the acquisition of raw materials, talent and expertise in the design process, and equipment for production. This cuts costs for the original manufacturer and frees up their capital.

With this new structure, manufacturing companies were able to produce a better product, more efficiently, and easily scale up or down to customer demand. In the design development process, usually the most complex and difficult part of the process, a contract manufacturer is more likely to accumulate a team of experienced engineers that will focus their expertise on the specific component. In the production process, they are more likely to keep up with the latest, high tech equipment and state-of-the-art technology.

Suppose there is a problem with one of the components. If the manufacturer is producing all the components in-house, it may take a while before it is found – and maybe even after it has gone to the end-user. In addition, the problem has to be solved using in-house resources and capital. When working with a contract manufacturer, in many cases component flaws have already been caught long before they reach the OEM – often due to experiences with other manufacturers. Often a third-party view of the problem is what’s needed, and the resolution is solely on the shoulders of that third-party.

Since an ECM only purchases materials for the components they produce, they are able to purchase in bulk offering the OEM substantial cost savings. And since they are purchasing from their individual supplier in greater frequency, the manufacturer takes advantage of the strong relationships developed.

Finally, the contract company will thoroughly test the components they provide for quality. They will stay at the forefront of technology proposing improvements and upgrading their product so that it works better, lasts longer, and is more efficiently. This is a daunting task for the original manufacturer that has hundreds of components to keep up with.

An electronic contract manufacturer is an expert in the components they develop and provide. This expertise offers extreme value.

Considerations when choosing an Electronic Contract Manufacturing partner

For many companies, especially small to mid-sized companies, having a contract manufacturing partner is not only a good idea, it’s critical to the success of the business. Besides pricing structure and quality requirements, there are several other items that should be considered in evaluating potential partners:

How much and why do they want your business – Choose a partner with compatible objectives.

Some companies may only be interested in the amount of money at stake. While it is important that the numbers match up for the benefit of both parties, find out what their main driving force is. Larger contract companies may be interested in smaller manufacturing companies if they offer the opportunity to gain experience in an industry that is new to them. Or a product that has big growth forecasts.

Learning the answers to these questions is important before proceeding to the length process of submitting an RFP, and more critically, entering a partnership.

If the business principles do not match up, the OEM may not get the attention they need to make their product successful.

What will the ECM be looking for in a partner – Provide accurate forecasts

No one knows where an original manufacturer plans to go unless they see a well-developed forecast. If they want to make the most of the partnership, they need to inform the contract manufacturer about where they have been and where they plan to go in the future. This provides needed credibility.

The contract manufacturer will need to know what level of risk they are signing up for, while determining what level of resources will be needed to meet the requirements. Will they be able to purchase materials when needed, will they be able to handle the inventory?

What are the expectations regarding inventory

Determining up front what the policies and liability for inventory are between the two companies will minimize the possibility of conflict, and surprises. Understanding inventory issues and supply chain management, and actively making efforts to reduce exposure, is crucial when forecasts do not match up to sales, or a crisis occurs.

How will the ECM handle product changes

With electronics changing at lightning speed, changes are bound to occur fairly regularly. Find out the preferences for handling product changes, and the process they have taken in implementing them in the past with other customers is very important.

Defining the level of involvement expected by each party in the change proposal, analysis, and execution is important for the success of the partnership and the product itself.

Partnering with a company that has a large amount of experience in the multiple phases of a product lifecycle will provide valuable input in the various phases. Therefore, this experience as well as the documentation process should be discussed.

There are many aspects of electronic manufacturing that need to be considered when deciding on a manufacturing partner. These are some of the less obvious, but very important issues to make sure are not forgotten.