Authentication startup Brivas’ liveness detection portfolio growing

Brivas is a startup with a significant and growing portfolio of patents related to liveness detection and biometric authentication.

The company has maintained a low profile while developing its technology, despite drawing the attention of Biometric Update for its patents as far back as 2015. Its intellectual property includes software which leverages data from a variety of sources to make biometric authentication more robust by incorporating contextual data.

Brivas CEO Beau Parry spoke to Biometric Update in an exclusive email and telephone interview about the company’s unique portfolio, its progress in developing its solutions and bringing them to market, and what to expect from it in 2018.

Please introduce your company for Biometric Update readers. What is your mission?

BRIVAS (an acronym for “Biometric Relative Identity Verification Authentication System”), is an R&D and software development firm focused on the next generation “password-less” authentication. Our mission has been to see the future, and then to solve for it — while protecting the IP we develop along the way.

What is it that makes Brivas unique?

BRIVAS’ unique focus is camera-based biometric authentication and identification utilizing relative movement for robust liveness detection. We also are able to decentralize the authentication/identification construct utilizing our bio-signature key-binding methods.

Who are Brivas’ customers?

Our customer/licensees are providers of camera-based biometric authentication systems. This currently includes companies providing cloud-based SaaS, BISPs, as well as their high-value customers, such as banks.

What is the timeline for an “ATM that utilizes mobile biometric authentication in a ‘card-not-needed’ scenario or an identity kiosk”

Mobile biometric authentication utilizing BRIVAS-patented techniques is already a reality, and is starting to become widespread; for example, in the app you may use to do banking, or to make payments, from your smart phone. While Europe and Asia lead the way, the US will soon follow. Other scenarios, such as ATM’s or “identity kiosks” will adopt BRIVAS technology as well since they demand high integrity, and are tied to the cloud. We also see a huge opportunity in persistent awareness in IoT and human robotic interfaces, as the market begins to embrace the reality that true integrity is not based upon secrets, and is enhanced by the cloud.

What are you working on currently? What is the next Brivas patent?

We are currently working closely with our partner, Alliacense, to deploy our BRIVAS Portfolio Licensing Program. Alliacense is a trusted Silicon Valley firm responsible for our IP strategy, IP development, and IP licensing. In addition to the portfolio of fundamental patents already granted to BRIVAS, we hope to see 2 or 3 more granted in 2018. BRIVAS will stay focused on camera-based biometric authentication and identification utilizing relative movement for robust liveness detection.

Most of Brivas’ licensees so far are using the technology to secure mobile apps, but the company expects that to change as other biometric applications with a need for high-integrity security come online.

The company has mostly operated under the radar so far, but its visibility may increase in 2018, as it continues to develop its intellectual property into products and strike licensing agreements.

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