Saudi university to open biometrics research laboratory
King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will establish a biometrics research laboratory with funds granted by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Arab News reports.
The grant was approved for a “Hand-based Biometrics Fusion and Bio-Cryptosystem Computation” project led by Prof. Mohammed Khurram Khan of KSU’s Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), under the country’s National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 initiatives, according to Arab News.
“Through the funding of this project, we will be able to establish a biometrics security research lab at the center, and build a strong research group for effective research projects in the Kingdom,” Khan said. “This research project aims to develop a framework for a secure biometric cryptosystem by protecting biometric templates derived from the fusion of palm prints and palm veins to satisfy four biometric cryptosystem and template security criteria: Security, diversity, revocability, and accuracy of performance.”
Khan also said that the project will generate a cryptographic secure key, and is expected to benefit national security, law enforcement, and online trust.