Snapshot of biometrics across the world

Biometric identification has finally advanced to the point where it is starting to radically change the way we interact with the world, making life more convenient for users and helping businesses reduce costs, shorten customer service time, increase security, optimize business processes and, ultimately, increase profits. Here’s a quick look at how biometric identification is being used in a few areas of the world:

  • Canada – Canadian startup Securekey Technologies Inc. launched a verified biometric identification system (Verified.Me) in 2017. Thanks to this system, Canadians can now access banking services, view medical records, insure themselves, buy household appliances and use government services without leaving their homes.
  • Estonia – Estonia was an early adopter of remote identification systems, with the first appearing in 2002. In 2017, the Smart-ID appeared in the country, allowing users to access internet banking, insurance, state and commercial services, retirement accounts, health services and educational platforms via a mobile application.
  • Australia – the development of the Govpass system began in the mid-2010s, resulting in users being able to authenticate on the website of government organizations and enterprises after pre-registering.
  • New Zealand – New Zealand created the digital platform RealMe, which allows citizens to access data from medical records to drivers’ licenses after registering in the system. The country also created a special monitoring agency to ensure all such data is protected.