Gartner Research

Are Mobile Biometrics Ready for the Enterprise?

Published: 09 April 2014

ID: G00259859

Analyst(s): Trent Henry, Anne Elizabeth Robins


Options for using mobile biometric technologies for user authentication are increasingly available. But availability doesn't necessarily mean viability for enterprise use. This report examines the state of mobile biometrics and their suitability for solving enterprise problems.

Table Of Contents


  • Industry Readiness Assessment
  • Enterprise Readiness Assessment
  • Biometric Sensors Available on Mobile Devices
    • Add-On Sensors
    • Embedded Biometric Sensors
    • Embedded Native Sensors
  • Biometric Modes Available on Mobile Devices
    • Use of Traditional Biological Biometric Modes
    • Introduction of New Biological Biometric Modes
    • Use of Behavioral Biometric Modes
  • Comparison of Biometric Modes on Mobile Devices
  • The Importance of Liveness Detection
    • The Role of Liveness Detection
    • The Impact on User Experience
    • Combine Modes for Liveness Detection
  • Architectural Options
    • Options for the Biometric Capture Component
    • Options for the Biometric Processing and Authentication Components
    • Evaluating Different Architectures
  • Market Momentum
    • Applicability to Applications Within the Enterprise
    • Drivers for Adoption
    • Constraints Slowing Adoption
    • Standards
    • Apple iPhone 5sTouch ID
  • Market Ecosystem
    • Vendor Landscape
    • The Mismatch Between Solutions and Enterprise Needs
    • Industry Adoption
    • Market Dynamics
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • If You Aren't Yet Ready or Convinced About Mobile Biometrics …
    • Watch Competitors in Your Industry Sector
    • Ask About Your Partners' Road Maps
    • Consider Small-Scale Pilots Using Cloud
    • Keep Track of the Key Pain Points for Your Organization
  • Assuming You Are Ready …
    • Choose a Biometric Mode That Is Proven
    • Choose a Biometric Mode That Is Accessible and Suitable
    • Address Privacy and Compliance Early and Often
    • Favor a Strategic Approach
    • But Start With a Tactical Approach
    • Evaluate Architectural Options
    • Run Pilots With a Wide Cross-Section of Users
    • Don't Assume "Plug and Play"

The Details

  • Mobile Biometric Architecture
  • Vendor Ecosystem
    • Minimum Requirements
    • AGNITiO
    • Auraya Systems
    • AuthenWare
    • BehavioSec
    • BioID
    • EyeVerify
    • Fujitsu with ImageWare Systems
    • IdentityX
    • Nuance
    • Precise Biometrics

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