By Selva Selvaratnam
All market segments share common technology trends as we move into 2015, but each also faces its own unique challenges. In my last column, I reviewed some of the key technology trends that we believe all segments will face. Now, here are some of the market-specific developments to watch in banking, healthcare and education.
Banking and financial institutions:
• There will be an increasingly critical need for physical access solutions that integrate with logical secure identity solutions to protect bank facilities, data and cloud applications.
• Banks will embrace a “tap in” strong authentication model throughout the physical and IT infrastructure, and consolidate associated tasks as part of a centralized identity and access management system.
• Biometrics will continue to proliferate throughout the worldwide banking infrastructure, improving physical security and the user experience (ATMs for example).
• Security, information security (IS) and medical staff will all learn the importance of both physical and information security, and how to coordinate and unify workflow and security enhancements.
• Like enterprises and the federal government, healthcare institutions will converge solutions for security at the door, for data, and in the cloud and deploy a “tap in” strong authentication model using a single, more efficient and economical identity and access management system.
• Biometrics will help hospitals protect facilities and patient privacy, register patients, manage visitors, process payments, ensure accurate medicine dispensing and eliminate drug diversion, and more.
• Campus identities will extend onto smartphones, wearables and other mobile devices, for a growing range of authentication applications.
• Plastic ID cards won’t go away, but will transition from magnetic stripe (magstripe) and proximity (prox) to high-frequency contactless smart card technology with visual and logical anti-tamper elements for more trustworthy, multi-layered authentication. Issuance speed will improve through strategies like pre-printing card elements and using inline card personalization solutions.
• Future campus IDs will also incorporate biometrics for improved convenience and security.
• K-12 administrators will move to universal, mandatory student ID systems that improve safety while streamlining time and attendance, library book check-outs, and other processes.
• Visitor management will move from manual to automated processes to improve security, visitor trend/pattern analysis, watch-list flagging, and emergency evacuation.
Selva Selvaratnam is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for HID Global.