Researchers using wearables to increase voice authentication security

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed new technique that allows wearables — such as a security-token necklace, ear buds or eyeglasses — to be used to eliminate vulnerabilities in voice authentication, according to a report by Phys.org. Researchers call sound an “open channel” that can be easily duplicated by novice impersonators and skilled hackers alike. “Increasingly, voice is being used as a security feature but it actually has huge holes in it,” said Kang Shin, the Kevin and

Authentication system for wearables combines behavioral biometrics with voice recognition

Researchers from the College of William and Mary have published a first-of-its-kind study that reveals that combining voice and touch recognition may help to prevent hackers from accessing personal data, according to a report by IEEE Xplore. The researchers claim to be the first to combine behavioral biometrics from different dimensions, which includes touch gestures, with voice commands for use with wearable glasses. The study explores the development of a new continuous authentication system for increased privacy protection could make

Token launches biometric fingerprint identification ring

Token, a biometric identity ring that streamlines the process of authentication throughout your day, has officially launched. Supported by partners including Mastercard, Microsoft, FitPay and the FIDO Alliance, Token is available for presale now on its website beginning at $249, and will begin shipping to users this December. Token serves as a seamless solution to manage various credentials while leveraging a proprietary continuous two-factor authentication method to ensure no one but the authorized user can access the protected credentials. The

Fit Pay to provide payment capabilities for biometric ID ring Token

Payment and authentication firm Fit Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, announced it is providing payment capabilities for biometric identity ring startup Token. Currently available for presale for shipping in December, Token is a ring embedded with an ultra-compact fingerprint sensor and an optical proximity sensor that can be used for payments, access and several other applications. Expected to begin shipping to customers in December, Token replaces the need for most day-to-day credentials while using a proprietary continuous two-factor

Biowatch introducing wearable prototype at VivaTechnology

Swiss startup Biowatch SA has developed and tested the world’s first fully functioning prototype for a wearable device secured by wrist vein patterns that can be used for payments, access control, ticketing, ID management, environment personalization, and more. The company said the new prototype is the “result of a disruptive technology whose time has come coupled with our continued focus on the miniaturization of technology for convenience, and the maximization of biometric performance.” “At Biowatch we are convinced that such

University of Surrey testing blockchain for wearable biometric data‎ storage and analysis

The University of Surrey has won funding for three blockchain initiatives focused on healthcare, voting and digital archives that will store and analyze wearable biometric data, according to a report by V3. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is providing the university with a total of £1.1 million (US$1.4 million) for three bids that use distributed ledger technology (DLT), the technology behind blockchain that is used in Bitcoin currency. The first project, ‘Co-operative Models for Evidence-based Healthcare Redistribution’

Goode Intelligence forecasts mobile & wearable biometrics to surpass $6.2B by 2022

Goode Intelligence published a new analyst report forecasting that revenues for mobile & wearable biometric authentication will surpass $6.2 billion in revenues by 2022. In “Mobile & Wearable Biometric Authentication Market Analysis and Forecasts 2017-2022 (third edition)”, Goode Intelligence also predicts that by 2022 over 3.3 billion users will be benefiting from biometric authentication. Over the six years since Goode Intelligence has covered the market, it has grown significantly year-on-year with mobile biometric authentication becoming a regular security feature in

Researchers authenticate handwritten signatures with wearables

Israeli researchers have developed a way to authenticate handwritten signatures with wearable technology like smartwatches and fitness trackers. The signature of a person wearing a device with the app developed by the researchers can be verified to a high degree of accuracy by measurements from the device’s accelerometer and gyroscope. Graduate students Ben Nassi of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Alona Levy of Tel Aviv University, along with professors Yuval Elovici of Ben Gurion University and Erez Shmueli of

Wearables could use gait behavior to pair with other devices

Researchers have determined that wearable devices could use an individual’s gait behavior — the unique way in which the person walks — to securely pair with other devices on their body, according to a report by New Scientist. “The authentication key is in your gait,” said Stephan Sigg, an assistant professor in the Department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University in Finland. Sigg and his team analyzed several individual’s gaits using accelerometers and a technique called fuzzy cryptography, where

STMicroelectronics, Valencell launch biometric sensor platform for wearables, IoT

Valencell and semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics have launched a highly accurate and scalable development kit for biometric wearables. The kit includes ST’s compact SensorTileturnkey multi-sensor module integrated with Valencell’s Benchmark biometric sensor system, which deliver a set of sensors to support the most advanced wearable use cases. “Valencell’s Benchmark solution leverages the high accuracy of ST’s MEMS sensor technology along with SensorTile’s miniature form factor, flexibility, and STM32 open development environment-based ecosystem,” said Tony Keirouz, vice president of marketing and applications