Nothing quite illustrates the current optimism in the strong authentication industry than the emergence of the numerous standards organizations and consortia pushing for open and universal protocols in different sectors. There is a sense right now that, specifically in the arena of biometrics, the time for the fracturing and compartmentalizing is over, pushed aside in favor of collaboration in a united effort to do away with passwords once and for all, in every area.
Yesterday, OASIS Open – a non-profit organization committed to the development, convergence and adoption of global information standards – announced that it has assigned Optimum Biometric Labs (OBL) to lead its newest international protocol. The newest OASIS Open initiative sets to create a standard for web services-based operational monitoring and reporting of biometric devices and services, with major aims to maintain maximum quality while keeping operational costs low.
Standards exist to allow for optimal interoperability, and in a landscape with so many major players, enterprise level customers are the ones who end up paying the price for technology that doesn’t speak the same language. The new OASIS standard will attack this head on, placing a focus on improving overall system quality and usability, while keeping an eye out for opportunities that will allow for the development of new ways to monetize service based business models.
According to OBL the new standard will also allow adopters to remotely know the status of installation resources and prevent system or environment-related issues, identifying early warning signs and resolving issues before they become significant.
As with all standards having to do with technology as complex and vast in nature as biometrics and M2M (which this standard does directly) the people who truly end up benefiting most are the end users and business customers. With open protocol ensuring that a base minimum quality is observed and that users are constantly provided with the proper tools to implement their associated systems, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic as we move into this year of suspected strong authentication proliferation.