21 January, 2015
Selva Selvaratnam, senior vice president and chief technology officer with HID Global, has predicted some identity and security trends for 2015, including moving campus IDs to mobile devices, centralizing identity management and better securing electronic prescriptions
Driving new capabilities across markets are six technology trends that Selvaratnam has identified, including:
- More applications for existing credentials that are used for physical access, for example secure print authentication, EV charging station access and others
- New credential form factors
- More ways to access facilities
- Advances in identity management
- Changing security from a barrier to a guardrail with biometrics
- How the Internet of Things — where Wi-Fi locks, RFID-enabled devices, online hotel locks, and mobile keys are all connected — will interact and capture data
Selvaratnam also highlighted some trends across the eight vertical markets:
- Banking and financial institutions: Physical and logical security will continue to converge into unified solutions
- Hospitals and health care: The latest identity solutions will play a pivotal role in securing the facility, narcotic prescriptions and personal health information and will also be used outside the hospital to verify “proof of presence” for home health service delivery.
- Education: As the transition from mag stripe and proximity to high-frequency contactless smart cards continues, universities will also move campus IDs onto smartphones and other mobile devices using systems that can manage multiple identity numbers for multiple uses on multiple platforms.
- Federal government: Government-wide upgrades to new, more secure access control technology will extend beyond the desktop to the door, using both cards and mobile phones and secure issuance requirements will drive the growing need for certified and approved printers.
- Government ID: Demand will grow for secure government-to-citizen ID solutions, along with small-footprint, industrial-strength printers that combine flexibility and security, reduce infrastructure investments and maximize throughput.
- Transportation: IP-based access control will grow in importance across the transportation segment, improving security by integrating a physical access control system with other solutions on the same network. Meanwhile, biometric systems will offer an opportunity to increase security and profits in both commercial and personal transportation applications.
- Enterprise: Organizations will increasingly need to improve security at the door, for their data, and in the cloud, and will move to converged solutions while accelerating the move beyond passwords to strong authentication across numerous physical and logical access control applications.
- Retail: The biggest focus will continue to be defending against threats such as those experienced by Target and other major retailers. Other growth areas include mobile identity, the Internet of Things, integrated biometric authentication, brand protection solutions that validate the authenticity of goods, trusted “proof of presence” applications for digital out-of-home media campaigns, and instant issuance solutions for branded credit and loyalty cards.