Although there have been several applications for the technology in medical and law enforcement sectors, consumer payments are expected to be a primary driver of mobile biometric growth.
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Since implementing biometric fingerprint scanners, currency services firm SBV has been able to greatly reduce the prevalence of cash heists.
Three UK city councils have introduced smartcard payment services for social care recipients.
Following optimistic industry forecasts, innovations from smartcard technology providers are expected to be on full display at this year’s event.
The See Hong Kong Pass, a newly launched tourist smartcard, offers cash-free admission to 15 popular attractions and dozens of other experiences.
Pikitup, a waste management company in Johannesburg, South Africa, is introducing a new smartcard system that will replace cash payments and grant customers easier access to its four landfills.
The smartcard initiative is intended to provide lower income populations with a convenient and relatively painless way to change their habits and take control of their financial future.
Ramjas College, part of Delhi University’s northern campus, will manage student access by issuing digital smartcards.
In an effort to improve passenger security, a taxi company servicing Delhi International Airport is introducing biometric smartcards for authenticating driver identification.
The city hopes to have the new system in place by Spring 2012 so that commuters will be able to take advantage of the streamlined process.