Mobile Biometrics: The Future of Mobile Law Enforcement Author: Eric Everson, Founder MyMobiSafe.com
If you find yourself strolling the Biometric Consortium Conference in Tampa, FL this week (Sept 23-25) you may want to make your way to booth 211. It is at this chic little display that Motorola has unveiled what some might consider a landmark entry in next-gen biometric technologies. At the display (primarily targeting law enforcement buyers) this little device is the latest plug-and-play tool for promoting the mobility requirements of police in the real world.
With regard to the mobile industry, this seems to be the first market ready biometric device introduced for a cellular handset. While this is a new technology, it could provide the gateway for promoting field fingerprinting and perpetrator identification into the future. As a mobile security advisor, I see an abundance of opportunity within the realm of biometric advancements in mobile handsets. The day may come where a biometric scan will become the standard for unlocking ones mobile phone for use. The days of low security four-digit passwords (yes, that’s an iPhone jab) are on the way out in favor of these next-gen biometric alternatives.
The number one concern most mobile users have regarding their handsets is the risk of their data in the hands of a stranger. If a handset is lost or stolen, in most cases we fail to have taken the preventive measures (at minimum locking the handset via the keypad). The introduction of mobile biometrics may represent a new wave of handset level protection for the mobile industry. While their remains a void in the current market for such built-in biometric components, this new device from Motorola proves the potential of such innovation to come.
As the founder of MyMobiSafe.com, the number one risk we have identified that threatens your mobile security is the lack of user prevention. Cell phone users continue to discount the computing power of their handsets, which continues to put millions at risk. I look for great advances in assuring handset level mobile security from mobile biometrics.
Your Mobile Security Watchdog, Eric Everson
Eric Everson – Founder of MyMobiSafe.com