February 23, 2017 -
Cloud biometrics developer BioID introduced its new biometric eye (periocular) recognition solution in a public beta release.
In addition to the cloud-based face and voice authentication options currently available as part of its BioID Web Service (BWS), the new eye recognition solution gives developers an additional choice when integrating biometric authentication with their applications. According to a company statement, eye recognition will enable new use cases that were not possible with face recognition and can deliver greater performance in certain applications.
BioID’s eye recognition works with a standard smartphone camera, webcam or security camera and requires only a simple selfie. It examines the fine features around the eyes, such as lashes, lid, brow, and folds in the skin, as well as the full or partial iris when visible. It is an ideal solution for applications where the mouth and nose may be covered by a mask or a scarf. Due to a patent-pending feature extraction process, BioID’s eye recognition is less sensitive than face recognition to varied lighting conditions and less sensitive to appearance changes such as facial hair or makeup. Eye recognition can always be combined with face recognition for increased accuracy.
“With our new eye recognition, camera-based biometrics will be suitable for a much wider variety of use cases – especially where face or voice recognition might be problematic or inconvenient – and in certain conditions they can provide greater performance instead of or in addition to face recognition with the same intuitive user experience,” said BioID CEO Ho Chang. “We strongly believe that authentication must be user-friendly in order to be truly secure and trusted, and biometric recognition is the key to convenient strong authentication. We are excited to deliver innovative options that expand the reach of biometric recognition, offering unparalleled flexibility and accuracy that just works.”
The eye recognition solution is available for public beta testing immediately. A production release of eye recognition through BWS will soon be available to developers for their applications.
Yesterday, BioID released the Android version of its face recognition authenticator and announced the availability of the source code for both the Android and iOS versions of the app.