Authentication by biometric devices is a trend nowadays. Since it’s a new and convenient technology, customers worldwide are still discovering its simple and secured features which are being deployed everywhere.

  • It’s already in our routine

How do you unlock your smartphone? How many times per day?  Pin codes have been replaced by biometric authentication, in which fingerprint and facial scan are taking the lead. The offered convenience impacts directly  the way we interact with devices. For instance a person unlocks her/his smartphone 52 times per day on average, a teenager or millennial, 152 times a day. Beyond the practical side, the action itself is secured and allows the adoption of biometrics in other fields as people are getting more and more used. Facial, fingerprint, voice or iris are the main forms of biometrics in a daily basis deployment.

78% of global consumers have tried some form of biometric authentication.

If it’s impressive that 78% of global consumers have already tried some sort of biometric authentication, most of these users, 74%,  see the technology as a positive game changing which facilitates everyday lives.

63% of them have tried fingerprints

25% of them have tried facial biometrics

20% have used iris recognition

  • Convenience is better: no more PIN

The fear of identity theft was number 1 answer of global customers, 37% said that it would turn them off from using biometric technology. But the technology convenience would step ahead this feeling of fear. Instead of using a PIN for credit card, customers said it’s safer and more comfortable to store biometric data directly on their cards.

You will never forget your fingerprint.

Three major interests of consumers are checked by biometric technology: Security, convenience and privacy.

61% of global consumers have an average of more than 10 transactions a month using payment cards at physical stores/ merchants. We can consider that most part of them surpass 30 transactions. For these consumers, forgetting their card PIN is similar to a nightmare. In the last 18 months, 54% of global consumers have forgotten  their PIN code, to avoid this headache, 82% said they would replace normal PIN by biometric authentication while using credit cards.

One of the big advantages of biometric authentication is the unlimited ceiling for contactless payments, beyond the security and convenience it can offer. 72% of customers would accept a biometric card offering the three major concerns.

IDEMIA is on top of this technology and has been developing the FCODE card, which has an integrated fingerprint sensor. This fingerprint sensor allows a rapid verification of the biometric data stored in the card and the fingerprint presented when a contactless transaction happens. IDEMIA doesn’t store the biometric data or any information, it’s all stored in the credit card. Each consumer can handle his data with simple and easy enrolment solution.

82% of consumers worldwide are prepared to use fingerprint scan instead of classic pin

Other areas are already applying  biometric technology in order to simplify everyday tasks.

  • More than just payment cards

The biometric technology deployment continues in a global scale and consumers start realizing how beneficial it is to use. For example, 43% of global consumers would use a biometric card for a building access and 32% want the technology integrated to transportation pass.

43% of global consumers would like to use a biometric card to gain access to a secured building.

The future of these cards looks very promising, indeed – and we’re proud to be a part of it.

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In order to reinforce the security in public and private areas, IDEMIA, the world leader in augmented identity launched its new generation application for video analysis.

Thanks to Augmented Vision, security workers will be allowed to identify suspected people in real time and accelerate the investigation as soon as the event occurs. This new cutting-edge technology helps to strengthen security in high circulation places such as airports, train stations, stadiums, sports arenas, stores and shopping malls. It can also be placed at show sites and entertainment areas for accurate surveillance.

Augmented Vision has numerous assets:

  • Fast and accurate functioning in real-time;
  • Several algorithms for video analytics all-in-one: face, outline, vehicles, number plates, objects;
  • Real-Time face recognition technology highly accurate and tested by NIST (FIVE 2017);

It can also be settled in CCTV solutions or access control systems:

  • Video Analytics : While a suspected person is detected in the video, the AV solution will trigger a warning for the surveillance team. Augmented Vision is blended in normal monitoring systems, with classic cameras situated in public or private areas, thus IDEMIA contributes to upraise security systems.
  • Access Control: the security system can automatically refuse access when a suspect tries to get into a non-authorized zone. And It can also identify a group of people by distinguishing and authorizing some VIPs or employees to secured zones.

This application leans on IDEMIA’s expertise, in particular on its  face recognition technology which allows great efficiency and accuracy for image and video analysis.

«Augmented Vision leverages all of IDEMIA’s latest technologies to offer a complete and accurate solution based on our leadership in biometric capture and analysis as well as real-time video data analysis. With this new analytics application, we enhance security, increase throughput while improving user experience. »
Philippe Barreau, IDEMIA Executive Vice President of the Public Security & Identity Business Unit

«With Augmented Vision, we give our Partners the capability to capitalize upon existing video surveillance infrastructures with biometric access control. It paves the way for our next facial recognition-based innovations for access control and time & attendance applications. »
Yves Portalier Executive Vice President of the Connected Objects Business Unit

As biometrics turn to be the imperative feature in airports all over the world, a question surrounding the move from authentication to identification is asked quite often. Should airports move from 1:1 to 1:N? Passengers ask for a seamless travelling experience and on the other hand airports like it.

How has the airport experience changed with the advent of biometric technologies?

Everyone who has travelled in airport knows that each company and airport has its own way to serve the customer, varying enormously from how they verify identity, information and how they follow procedures. This is a point-by-point approach, which is the norm nowadays, the idea with biometrics technology is to simplify this approach to a connected approach, seamless and shared: A common biometric database allowing an interexchange of identities’ information and verified travels between airlines and airports is a key point for a maximum of effiency, fast and soft experience to travelers, airports and border control.

IDEMIA as the world leader of augmented identity knows how to make this swift for airports and airlines to improve operational workflow and operability .

 What is authentication and identification in biometrics?

Biometric authentication, as the name says, authenticates your biometric template (store datapoint of your face, fingerprint, vein…) against one that is supposed to be yours: it’s a one-to-one match or 1:1 (e.g. the biometric stored in a travel document or in a database). On the other hand: biometric identification, is when your biometric template is searched in a database containing stored biometric templates– This is the ‘one-to-many’ match or 1:N.

IDEMIA has both solutions to handle customer’s needs.

Thinking of three key points,  IDEMIA offers its biometric solutions for:

  • Optimized Traveling experience: Faster and with easy capture of high quality biometric data, the traveler has a seamless experience when moving from point A to point B, this softened experience offers more comfort and well being to passengers because of: Less queues, intuitive procedure and fast identification.
  • Accuracy and performance: As an unique feature of you, biometrics work in an automated environment with a high level of performance. The data itself can be analyzed and improved when atypical situations occur.
  • Integration: Workflows and communication is a turning point with biometrics, the data integration and processes are a crucial advantage to be shared and improved.

Are there privacy issues that must be overcome if airports have to continue to embrace this idea of seamless flow?

A strong data privacy is demanded while handling citizens’ data,  the travel industry will have to adapt to the evolving regulation.

With long experience on biometric field, IDEMIA provides support in order to facilitate the understanding and clarify the questions of a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) needed by GDPR.


IDEMIA, the world leader in biometrics and augmented identity carried out an independent survey in 11 countries. This survey reached out 2,800 respondents who talked about their perception of biometrics.Here are the some facts collected:


Biometric authentication is seen as a useful technology, reducing numbers of passwords, avoiding fraud and after all it’s easy to use, since you just need to punch in your biometric data. These were the answers of 74% of respondents who had a positive approach to the technology.


90% of people surveyed said they are ready to use biometric identification and that the world is ready for this type of processes. 61% would use biometrics to unlock their phones and others saying that they would pay online and in store with their biometrics.


The lack of human touch and the technical side of biometrics itself were well accepted, meanwhile, the idea of identity theft, fraud and privacy concerns raised some concerns to the people surveyed.


Only 22% of respondents have never tried biometric authentication before. In contrast 78% had already use biometrics and 63% used fingerprint verification.


The most accurate and convenient form of biometric is by far the fingerprint. Second place for security and accuracy is iris recognition and facial recognition wins beside fingerprint the title of convenience.


89% of Brazilians interviewed had used biometric technology, in first place because it’s required to vote in the national election. The U.A.E also have an excellent perception of biometrics, 81% appreciate the innovation and the fun aspect. They are the less fearful of fraud or data or identity theft.


In general, French people participating in the survey had a favorable approach towards biometrics, 61%, a low numbers if we compare to the global average of 74%. The fewest numbers of adherents of the mobile wallet are in France.


The majority of respondents, 82%, want to replace PIN or banking password with their fingerprint. By contrast, 87% want to keep it as a backup option.


When speaking about payment cards with biometric technology, answers are mitigated:

Most of them would prefer to enroll their biometric data with the banking app, 42%, or with help of a bank staff, 67%. Majority as well prefer to keep in their cards the biometric data, 40%, instead of having it stored in the cloud; 11%.


43% of respondents are already using their biometric data to pay with mobile phones. However, there is a huge regional divide with India leading with 86% versus only 11% in France.


IDEMIA is a pionner in the biometric world, with its payment card solution F.CODE – your  fingerprint is turned to your PIN and groundbreaking programs IDEMIA executed the ambitious Aadhaar program in INDIA, attributing an unique ID number to 1.3 billion citizens. At Singapore’s Changi Airport, precisely in the Terminal 4, passengers can board in under 10 minutes using their biometric data.


Dear Partners and Customers,

Since the launch of MorphoWave Tower by IDEMIA in 2015, the technology has achieved multiple industry leading awards, and has become the benchmark in high assurance frictionless access control.

The popularity and success of the technology was further reinforced by the introduction of MorphoWave Compact in 2018, which immediately received multiple industry awards, and achieved rapid adoption globally.

Over the past 4 years we have worked closely with the world’s leading turnstile manufacturers to ensure that MorphoWave technology is also available in 2 additional key formats:

1.       In tower/pedestal formats that are designed to esthetically blend with and complement existing turnstiles,

2.       Embedded directly into the turnstile structure to achieve a uni-body design.

The above formats are available with both the original MorphoWave (OEM Kit) and the new MorphoWave Compact.

There is a style of MorphoWave to suit almost every design or aesthetic objective.

For customers requiring a tower/pedestal design which is independent, and not necessarily linked to, or used with turnstiles, IDEMIA will soon be releasing an updated version of the original MorphoWave Tower. The new MorphoWave Tower will leverage the Compact reader technology, which brings additional benefits such as embedded multi card technology, a more engaging capacitive touchscreen and significantly easier installation and support, along with many more benefits.

The original MorphoWave Tower form factor will be maintained to support existing customers, and will then gradually transition to a “build to order” status.

Thank you for your interest and support in making MorphoWave technology the great success it is, and please feel free to contact your local representative for more details.

Yours sincerely,