Biometrics technology continues to have an increasing impact on the security market, particularly in government. The global biometrics spending market in the government sector will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 14% between 2015 and 2019, according to new research from Technavio.

North America accounts for the largest market share, with about 33%, thanks to the U.S. and Canadian governments investing in a number of biometric solutions, the report says.

Advantages, such as high-security and continuous monitoring and reliability, are driving demand for cloud-based biometrics in the government sector. E-voting is a new government initiative in many countries, made possible by the use of cloud-based biometrics.

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Governments of many countries are also adopting biometrics to monitor employee attendance, rationing, and border control. For instance, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has been issuing a biometric scanning card for attendance systems in government organizations.

“Governments are adopting multi-modal [biometrics], which is a combination of biometric technologies such as fingerprint, face, palm, vein and iris recognition,” Navin Rajendra, lead analyst, IT hardware, software and services at Technavio, said in a statement.

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