August 29, 2014 -
Qualcomm Inc. announced it has submitted an application to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for approval of a biometrics-based device for authentication and authorization.
Application #20140230018 credits Subramanian Anantharaman of Chennai, India as the sole inventor. It was first filed on February 12, 2013 before being published on August 14, 2014.
According to the patent application’s summary, the device includes “a home biometric security unit configured to receive an indication of a configuration request for an electronic device.”
It continues: “The device is configured to receive an indication of an access request, the indication of an access request comprising biometric data, for the electronic device subsequent to receiving the indication of the configuration request. The device is configured to validate the biometric data against previously captured biometric data accessible by the device.”
“If the biometric data is valid based on said validation of the biometric data, the device is configured to access a user profile associated with the biometric data and authorize access to the electronic device in accordance with the user profile. If the biometric data is not valid based on said validation of the biometric data, the device is configured to generate and transmit a notification that an unauthorized access has been attempted.”
Qualcomm, Inc. designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. The company expanded into the biometrics market in 2010 when its venture capital arm, Qualcomm Ventures, invested in biometric fingerprint sensor manufacturer Validity.