Source: mobileworldcongress.com

It looks like the future is bright and gets more exciting for tech lovers as some marquee names in the technology industry revealed their major biometric innovations for mobile phones in the recently concluded Mobile World Congress 2018 held in Fira de Barcelona.

All eyes were fixed towards various phone makers in the world as they unveiled their futures plans on their respective brands but one main focus was on the wave of announcements regarding biometrics technologies that will rock major mobile phones, which was unwrapped in the second day of the world’s biggest meet up in the mobile industry.

‘The Body Is a Wonderland’

Biometrics refers to as the measurements of the human body. It is a type of technology that uses certain body parts to identify a specific person. Its origin can be traced in Argentina when Juan Vucetich collected the fingerprints from the country’s convicted criminals in the early 1890’s and was further developed by the works of Francis Galton, with his famous and world-renowned theory of physiognomy.

With the advent of technology, the device was improved and now can measure both physiological characteristic including face, fingerprints, iris, retina and human voice and behavioral characteristics such as gestures and patterns, proving that the human body has indeed plenty of uses besides its common functions.

As biometrics gained worldwide attention, it has become common in the business industry and various organizations as its main security device in verifying and authenticating employees especially because of its ease of use as users would not need to remember any password or key pass.

Heating Competition

As the biometric technology continued to wow users on its wonders in mobile phones, major tech firms are bringing up notable upgrades in their biometric features, which signals an increasingly heated competition in the industry.

FotoNation, which was acquired by California-based firm Xperi in 2008, gave the participants of the MWC a glimpse of its newest feature called FaceSafe that allows the detection of human “liveness” plus the highly-touted neural network, a system that is modeled based on the human brain.

Meanwhile, TrulySecure boosts its facial and recognition system by bringing in Time-of-Flight Camera technology that assists 2D and 3D images to avoid spoof and to activate mobile phones, tablets, and PC’s even in dark circumstances. The firm said that users can avail the upgraded model of this feature after the first half of this year.

One of the most notable presentations in the congress was when smartphone maker Huawei showed that its object recognition technology in its Mate 10 and its ability in driving a Porsche Panamera, which can also avoid roadblocks or objects like bikes and dogs.

IDEX Corporation would not be outdone as it minced no world in bringing biometrics technology in payment system without the use of batteries. The company also unveiled its first-ever remote enrollment solution for its biometric cards, which allows people to enroll at the system by themselves.


Burt, C. (2018, February 27). Innovations in mobile biometrics: MWC 2018 news roundup continues from http://www.biometricupdate.com