Scenario: People interacting with their things or accessing spaces on the basis of a biometric or body based authenticator

Many laptops or phones nowadays are already secured through a biometric authenticator, most often fingerprint or iris scan. Driven by a strong and expanding industry, the use of a range of biometrics to access one’s things or spaces is increasing. Keystroke and typing patterns, for instance, are especially appropriate and easy means for accessing PC’s and laptops. But other biometric features are also tested as a means of  authentication, for instance butt print or recognition based on gait. Objects and spaces will increasingly be connected to each other in the internet of things, as it is called nowadays. This is already visible in the increased connectivity of our smart phones. And when we access, for instance, our smart home, we don’t only get entry to the house, but also to a range of services and transactions. Hence the distinction between objects and organisations becomes somewhat blurred.

What is expected or explored for the future

  • In this new world of connected things, identity management has been identified as a key issue, concerning security and the need to keep the user in control. Privacy and data protection issues are exacerbated when all is connected. The EU launched a public consultation in 2012 to find out how its citizens would like to see the IoT to be governed.
  • The most outspoken scenarios of the usage of biometric authenticators to access one’s possessions or spaces, and more generally the internet of things, come from the many ‘Houses of the Future’ or ‘smart homes’ that the industry develops to show case new technologies, especially:

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