Governments in Asia Pacific have taken the lead in adopting technologies for identification, according to a report released by management consulting and professional services company Accenture.

The company surveyed 774 IT leaders from government organisations in nine countries: Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Singapore, the UK, and the US.

Biometric technologies can identify people from their voice, fingerprint, iris scan or facial image. Biometrics are used in e-passports and border control, for example.

Globally, nearly 40% of respondent organisations are considering or have adopted biometric or identity analysis technologies, the report said. In Asia Pacific, the numbers go up to 68% of respondent organisations in Australia and Singapore, and 57% in Japan. As a comparison, the UK and US stand at 34% and 29% respectively.

Nevertheless, across the board, governments are showing “a clear appetite” for embracing intelligent technologies. Furthermore, the report also noted that 73% of respondent organisations cite “reduced risk” and “improved security” as the key benefits that they expect from investing in intelligent technologies.

The research also highlights great potential in this area of new tech: just 23% of the 86% who are aware of using intelligent technologies to automate processes have piloted or applied them.

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