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What the Future Holds for Biometric ID Cards October 26th, 2022

What the Future Holds for Biometric ID Cards
The EU is transitioning to biometric identification. Could public sector businesses leveraging this technology be far behind?

The future of biometric ID cards is set to become the standard for identification across the European Union (EU) over the next four years. With the passing of Regulation (EU) 2019/1157 by the European Parliament and the Council, national identity cards must be machine-readable and contain biometric data to meet minimum security standards to protect and mobilize travelers across member states.

More than one billion people travel between EU borders annually, and an estimated 80 million European ID cards aren’t readable by machines; therefore, they’re easily forged. The new regulation mandates that all ID cards for people ages 12 years and older be machine-readable and contain two fingerprints and the facial image of the cardholder.  

The Benefits of Biometric ID Cards  

The consistent use of biometric ID cards across all EU countries will result in many problem-solving benefits. 

Fraud Detection 

The most critical goal for the switch to biometric ID cards is a decrease in fraud. Biometrics are non-transferable and extremely difficult to replicate. Requiring all national identity cards to meet biometric security standards mitigates the risk that terrorists or criminals will fraudulently cross borders with false identification.  

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Improved Traveler Experiences 

Checking thousands of passports for border access each day creates tedious and time-consuming tasks. Biometric ID cards provide a quick and convenient user experience that reduces wait times and increases traveler satisfaction. Additionally, with border crossing more convenient and secure with accurate and frictionless citizen validation, travel tourism could expand across the EU.  

Labor Optimization  

With Europe attracting half of the world’s international travelers, it can be challenging to maintain staffing for border patrol and airport operations – particularly during the current labor shortage. Using biometric ID cards will ease the burden on employees by streamlining processing at borders.  

Advanced Security and Compliance 

Implementing biometric ID cards complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) security requirements. It also allows entities to maintain compliance with other security standards and certifications, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  

Additionally, while some citizens may be wary of the transition to biometric data, the regulation provides stringent safeguards regarding data access. Therefore, consumer data is more protected than it has been using legacy ID systems.  

Cards Can Authenticate Identity in Other Applications  

In addition to bringing speed, security, and convenience to travelers, biometric identification can also benefit businesses and organizations that require accurate identification and validation. For example, biometric identification can secure: 

  • Access to public documents, such as birth and medical certificates 
  • Annual tax and governmental filings 
  • Applications to financial institutions such as bank accounts or loans 
  • Verifying prescription medications and other medical records 
  • Verifying personal information such as age 

Biometric ID Cards Build a Safe Global Community  

Biometric data brings heightened security and unified standards that contribute to safer global communities. Solutions providers with an eye on the future will readily see the opportunity to create systems that leverage biometric identification for use in the private and public sector use cases. The global biometric system market is forecasted to reach 68.6 billion dollars by 2025, and many industries will need technology for reading biometrics and complying with regulations.  

Help businesses in the travel, healthcare, and financial industries proactively plan and prepare for the transition to biometric identification. First, as a solutions provider, talk to your clients about biometrics and its impact on the future of data processing. Then, help them deploy solutions that comply with regulations and process biometric ID cards with security and convenience.

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