Leading identity analyst firm Acuity Market Intelligence forecasts that in five years time half of the world’s population will have a chip-based National eID card, including near-complete regional coverage inEurope. Asia, with its vast population, is expected to dominate the market accounting for more than 60% of all National eID cards issued between 2014 and 2018.
Acuity’s report — “The Global National eID Industry Report: 2014 Edition” — projects that nearly 3.4 billion National eID cards will be issued over the next five years doubling global National eID card circulation from 1.75 billion to 3.5 billion by 2018.
According to Acuity Principal and biometrics and secure document market expert, Maxine Most, “In addition to the 3.4 billion chip-based National eIDs issued between 2014 and 2018, another 300 million National ID cards will integrate biometrics into non chip-based card programs.”
“Recent National ID news from across the globe validates Acuity’s growth projections,” says Most. “India and the Philippines are reviving efforts to introduce National eID cards to support their national identity programs. Turkey has announced the integration of biometrics into their National eID card scheme. South Korea is facing intense pressure to replace their National ID system due to rampant data breeches and fraud. And Nigeria appears to be making progress on their National eID program after years of promise and false starts.”
We may be a long way from the “$6 Million Man” but there are plenty of implants coming in the near future. Researchers are already testing medication implants that get installed in your body and are controlled by your doctor to control the release of medications. So you don’t have to remember to take that pill every morning, noon, and night. Other technologies in the pipeline now are smart phones implanted under your skin and implantable RFID chips for information sharing, etc…. But, the future does look rather exciting with developers looking for ways to make things like healing chips, cyber pills, smart tattoos, brain-computer interfaces, and melt-able bio-batteries a reality.