Emerging research group Tractica has predicted that the worldwide biometrics market will grow in value annually from $2.0 billion in 2015 to $14.9 billion by 2024, with cumulative revenue for the 10-year period totalling $67.8 billion.The group says that key sectors driving this growth will likely be finance, consumer devices, healthcare, and government, followed by enterprise applications, defense, education, law enforcement, and non-government organizations.”The biometrics market is finally here to stay,” says principal analyst Bob Lockhart. “After a long wait, use cases that were once a gleam in the eye are reality. Biometric voter registration removes barriers of poverty and illiteracy, and it can run on a tablet. Consumers can authenticate financial transactions with a fingerprint, voice, eyes, or even an electrocardiogram, all with far lower risk than passwords that can be stolen and used on the other side of the world.”Tractica says the use cases that are likely to drive biometrics revenue over the next decade include consumer device authentication, mobile banking, automated teller machines (cashpoints), government IT systems, point-of-sale transactions, pharmacy dispensing, and wearable device authentication.”Just within the past couple of years, the biometrics market has become firmly established as advances in technology and improved mobile devices enable use cases that were previously thought impossible, or in some cases never even imagined,” writes Tractica.In February, Interface-focused market intelligence firm Tractica predicted that revenues for mobile biometrics device and software will reach US$3.5 billion by 2024 from a base of $249 million in 2015.The firm says growth in the market will accelerate because biometric technologies are becoming an increasingly integral part of mobile devices.