Identity tech to go mobile

Identity tech to go mobile

HID Global, a specialist in trusted identity solutions, has forecast a shift towards the adoption of mobile devices in the use of identity technology.


Also included in the 2017 predictions are wider adoption of smart card technology, greater emphasis and reliance on the cloud, and new approaches to thinking of trust issues in smart environments and the Internet of Things.


Ultimately, HID Global predicts the 2017 trends will transform the way trusted identities are used with smart cards, mobile devices, wearables, embedded chips and other “smart” objects, particularly in industries focused on regulatory compliance, such as government, finance and healthcare markets. This shift, HID says, will precipitate the move from legacy systems to NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy and advanced smart card technology to meet the evolving needs of enterprises and governments worldwide.


The forecast for 2017 is based on a breakthrough in adoption of mobile identity technology in 2016. Exemplifying industry-wide trending, HID Global claims increased uptake of its broad mobility solutions, and a strong pipeline of future customer installations to optimise verification of identities by mobile applications.


‘HID Global has forecasted top trends based on our broad view of the market in close collaboration with customers and partners who are assessing and deploying innovative solutions across markets worldwide,’ said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. ‘We have been at the forefront of major technology shifts over the years and HID Global believes 2017 will mark an important phase in the industry, as organisations seek to use the broadest range of smart devices ever. This will directly impact how customers view and use trusted identities on both mobile devices and smart cards for more activities in more connected environments in the years ahead.'


The report highlights several key areas including consumerisation of security systems such as door access and login to cloud-based resources; personalised on-demand printing of documents; deploying printed credentials remotely; and conducting other transactions and daily activities using trusted IDs on a phone, wearable or smart card.


HID suggests that new capabilities for managing and using trusted IDs will be driven by the increase of temporary offices, mobile knowledge workers and the evolution of the workplace. Consumers also will begin seeing trusted identities used in everyday scenarios such as guaranteeing authorised use of corporate and heavy machinery fleets, as well as creating new ways to safeguard students and validate drivers.


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