The banking industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by digitalization, enhanced security, operational efficiency, ever changing consumer expectations, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and cybersecurity. In the last three years alone, there have been over 129,000 patents filed and granted in the banking industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cybersecurity in banking: embedded secure elements. Buy the report here.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
30+ innovations will shape the banking industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the banking industry using innovation intensity models built on over 165,000 patents, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, distributed ledger transactions, is a disruptive technology that is in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Voice-based authentication, geofenced transactions, and embedded secure elements are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing.
Innovation S-curve for cybersecurity in the banking industry
Embedded secure elements is a key innovation area in cybersecurity
Embedded secure elements refer to dedicated hardware components embedded within a mobile device or other electronic devices that provide secure storage and processing of sensitive data. These secure elements are designed to protect confidential information, such as payment credentials, authentication tokens, and encryption keys, from unauthorized access and tampering.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 90+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established banking companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of embedded secure elements.
Key players in embedded secure elements – a disruptive innovation in the banking industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to embedded secure elements
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Among the companies innovating in embedded secure elements, Headwater Research is one of the leading patent filers. Some of the patents filed by the company are related to hardware partition techniques such as secure memory, modems, memory partitions in the central processing unit (CPU) to provide secure execution environment for device assisted services so that unauthorized program elements on the device cannot alter the device assisted service agent code or operation.
In terms of application diversity, INRIX held the top position, while Illumio and Eagency stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Stream leads the pack, followed by Blaze Mobile and Kajeet.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the banking industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cybersecurity in Banking.