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Entries in fingerprint scanning (5)

Tuesday
Jan222013

Will the iPhone 6 Feature a Biometric Fingerprint Lock?

This week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the great iPhone soothsayer, announced his guesses for Apple's iPhone 6, slated to be released sometime this year. We're most intrigued by whispers of a biometric fingerprint lock function. Mind you, it's not the same as the swipe-to-unlock feature. With biometrics built in, the iPhone would recognize your unique fingerprint and unlock itself with just the touch of your index finger.

The writing's on the wall: As many readeras remember, Apple aquired AuthenTec in July 2012. The company develops mobile device security technology that uses fingerprint sensors and identity management. And let's face it: Apple is overdue to release a game-changing update. By late summer, we should know if they stepped up to the task.

Friday
Apr202012

European Group Seeks to Outwit Biometric 'Spoofing' Attacks

TABULA RASA is the intriguingly-named effort by the European Commission to make biometric systems practically hack-proof.

Fingerprint and facial biometric systems are especially prone to direct attacks, also known as spoofs. A spoof works just like in the movies: the bad guys falsify a biometric trait (like, somebody’s fingerprint) and present it to the biometric system to gain access to the bank vault or robot factory. This is actually do-able by copying the person’s fingerprint and creating an artificial (or gummy) finger.

Surprisingly, TABULA RASA claims that the spoofing issue doesn’t just affect large companies with advanced security. In fact, it’s also hitting emerging small and medium sized enterprises that wish to sell biometric technologies in emerging fields.

Seeking justice, the TABULA RASA project hopes to address the need for a draft set of standards to examine the spoofing problem and propose countermeasures such as combining biometric information from multiple sources.

They’re also hoping to examine novel biometrics that may be inherently robust to direct attacks. These might include vascular (vein) biometrics, electro-physiological signals like heartbeat (very cool), or even unique gait. Not surprisingly, all these have the potential to be harder to replicate than an iris or fingerprint.

Wednesday
May042011

Phone Requires Fingerprint Scan to Access Functions

Sorry, thieves. Swiping someone's cell phone may prove to be fruitless.

Motorola's Atrix smartphone requires a fingerprint scan before a user can make calls, surf the web and access apps. 

To capture your fingerprint, users are asked to swipe their left and right index finger on the reader. The process takes three to eight swipes per finger to learn your fingerprint.

Friday
Jan142011

Long-distance Fingerprint Scanner Can Improve Security Checkpoints

According to Technology Review, a prototype device called AIRprint, developed by Advanced Optical Systems, can scan fingerprints from up to two meters away.

The device detects fingerprints by shining polarized light onto a person's hand and analyzing the reflection using two 1.3 megapixel cameras configured to detect different polarizations.

Joel Burcham, director for projects at AOS, says individuals could simply hold up a hand and walk toward a security door while the device checks their identity.

At present, the scanner can only handle one finger at a time, which it scans in 0.1 seconds and processes it in about four seconds. Burcham says the device should be able to scan five fingers at once, with a proccessing time of less than a second.



Wednesday
May122010

'Finger Vein' Scanners Hit ATMs


Leave your ATM card at home, and nevermind those "skimming" scams. Hitachi's "finger vein" technology has finally hit the Western world.

Used in Japan for years, the scanners detect the tiny veins in a person's fingertip, creating a unique identifier for each individual. The Montreal Gazette reports that a Hitachi scanner has been installed on an ATM in Poland, but the bank plans to expand to other locations soon. This is the first fingerprint-scanning ATM in Europe, a milestone that, as far as I know, has not been reached in the U.S.