Biometric verification and authentication is becoming an integral part of the modern technology landscape and is expanding its presence, significantly. Several types of biometrics operating in the market include fingerprint, voice recognition, retina scan, and facial recognition. Over the last 10 years, facial recognition technology has marked its prominence in surveillance across the world. Besides, the rapid development of mobile devices, laptops, and the demand for security has boosted the adoption of facial recognition. For instance, smartphones and laptops such as iPhone X, Galaxy S9, Dell’s Inspiron 7000 series have combined facial and iris scanning techniques to improve security. Face recognition can be applied to identity verification, access control, social media networks security systems, and surveillance systems. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be an essential driver. Companies, Universities, Airports worldwide are shifting their focus on facial recognition from touch-based biometrics to avoid contact, in order to prevent the spreading of the virus.



In July 2020, HID Global expanded its biometrics identification management solutions to police departments and military installations worldwide.


In June 2020, Daon partnered with Denver International Airport to create contactless, biometric solutions throughout the airport. The company aims to streamline airport operations and enhance safety for travelers.

Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic Corporation, in its press release in August 2019, declared to provide added automated facial recognition gates for airports in Japan. This added gates amount to 203 units across the country.

Aware, Inc.

In May 2020, Aware, Inc. released a mobile biometric software product, Knomi version 2.6. The new version equips customers with authentication and facial liveness combined with speaker recognition, voice biometric capability. It also provides cost-effective, secure, and convenient access to networks and applications.


IDEMIA, launched an incubation and innovation program, iCube, to assist and support Indian startups that leverage augmented identity.

In total, 109 countries are either using or have approved the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes. The technology is becoming more prominent as its integration with cloud computing is being introduced in the market. Manufacturers have developed advanced technologies such as a “spin-off from terotechnology” to provide a cloud-based face detection and recognition service. The advancement in facial recognition software, such as SDK, improved the accuracy in terms of recognizing facial features. The improved quality of products increased awareness amongst users, which in turn is likely to increase the adoption of facial recognition biometrics, globally.