While many businesses are investing in biometric technology for their data centers and building access needs, the technology is just starting to see widespread adoption in consumer markets. Driven by the mobile industry, the use of biometric security is just starting to grow, and researchers at Purdue University are looking to take it to the next level.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, researchers at Purdue University’s International Center for Biometrics Research are exploring a broad expansion of biometric technology to replace the everyday user password, simplifying computing experiences and improving security for sensitive information.

“I think the average person would tell you they have too many passwords and it’s a hassle to change them all the time, and therefore they use the same password for lots of things, which inherently makes that easier to break,” Stephen Elliott, director of the center, told the news source.

While the technology will not likely be ready for widespread consumer adoption any time soon, its application in specific fields is already showing promise. The military utilizes biometrics to secure sensitive information, while many businesses use fingerprint scanners for access control and security measures.

The growth of biometrics into consumers markets will also spell positive news for enterprises deploying these strategies to protect their data centers and facilities. Continued growth of the market will drive innovation and new technologies will develop from the results that could boost security, the quality of access control systems and more. Firms will need to maintain high-quality systems and services, while investing in scalable solutions that will grow with their operational demand over time.

Biometrics offers high-end security for any industry. Investing in the right tool will help companies optimize access to any building, room or server cabinet over any key-based entry system.