Vital Biometrics Month: The Primer

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The popularity of vital biometrics solutions is closely tied to the rise of wearable tech.

With the proliferation of mobile devices, specifically wearable technology, vital biometrics are becoming increasingly relevant. Once a modality confined to clinics or the treadmill, vital biometrics are undergoing a major transformation thanks to very recent innovations in device making, financial infrastructure and the Internet of Things.

November is Vital Biometrics Month here at Mobile ID World and to kick things off we’ve put together a primer to get you up to speed on this frontier technology.


The most common and familiar form of consumer-facing vital biometrics has to do with healthy living. Being able to track the way your body is reacting to physical activity can be a major benefit when it comes to working out. In the past, fitness tracking devices were relegated to the wristband, but this year a number of companies have decided to make active living the domain of the headphones.

The following articles will give you an idea about how wearables and vital biometrics are finding new ways to keep users active.

Jabra Announces Biometric Heart Rate Earbuds

50 Cent’s Headphones Brand Goes Biometric

Jawbone Fitness Trackers to Use Highly Advanced Biometric Sensors

Bionym Announces Wearable Biometric mCommerce Trial

Lenovo Joins Wearable Tech Fitness-Tracking Race


The rise of wearable tech and the spread of connectivity is helping vital biometrics enter homes and free up hospital beds. The solutions described in the articles below will give you an idea of how the ability to measure a patient’s vitals remotely can help better diagnose and treat illness, reduce hospital overcrowding and keep a constant guarding eye over society’s most vulnerable humans.

Brain Biometrics For Google Glass

Apple’s HealthKit May be Tipping Point for Mobile Telehealth

SeeChange Health Dives Into Mobile Healthcare with Doctor on Demand Acquisition

With Mobile Revolution, Telehealth Leaps Ahead of Lumbering US Healthcare System

HealthLoop to Shiver Alongside Patients in Apple HealthKit’s Waiting Room

Intel-GE Care Innovations Teams Up with Major US Health Care Network to Deliver Remote Services

Authentication and Finance

This category is dominated by Toronto startup Bionym, who’s wearable Nymi wristband offers users persistent biometric authentication based on their unique EKG readings. There are a ton of potential applications for this invisible authentication technology, many having to do with the burgeoning Internet of Things.

Unlocking doors, accessing computers or mobiles, activating climate control or entertainment presets in your car or home: these are all on the table with Bionym technology. But that’s not all, in what was arguably the biggest news out of Money20/20 this week, the company announced that it’s trialing a Nymi-based payment solution. If successful, users will be able to pay for goods with their heartbeats.

Introducing The World’s First Wearable Biometric Payment Solution, An Interview With Andrew D’Souza, President of Bionym

Bionym Looking to Third Party Developers for Cardiac Biometrics Applications

…And Beyond

Perhaps due it its intimacy, broad scope of physical traits or dynamic nature, vital biometric tech has some very interesting applications. Here are some vital biometrics solutions that really expand on the idea of how our bodies, technology and society are connecting in very exciting ways.

Wearable Tech Helps DJs Know Their Crowd

Biometric Shirt Brings New Meaning To Wearable Technology

Biometric Shirts: Not Just For Astronauts

Mobile Biometrics Month: Sharing Heart Beats – 4 Wearables That Transform Your Heart Signals


Stay posted to Mobile ID World throughout November as we take an in depth look at vital biometrics and their various applications. Get involved by following us on Twitter and tweeting using the hashtag #MIDWMonthly.