Researchers develop authentication method based on lip motion

Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University have developed a “lip motion password”, which depends on the motions of an individual’s lips to generate a password, according to a report by Techradar. The technology, which was granted a US patent in 2015, takes into account the person’s lip shape, texture, movement and sound to determine a people’s identity. “The same password spoken by two persons is different and a learning system can distinguish them,” Cheung Yiu-ming, who led the research, said.

WVU biometrics program granted $1.5M in cloud technology from MorphoTrak

MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Safran Identity and Security, will donate $1.5 million in access to MorphoCloud to West Virginia University (WVU) to support the university’s biometrics and forensics research and education programs. The current version of MorphoCloud includes services for fingerprint, palmprint and facial recognition search and verification with iris recognition and video analytics coming in the near future. As part of the donation, MorphoTrak will provide technology training and support to WVU to operate the multi-biometric identification capability of

MSU researchers investigate how aging can affect facial recognition systems

Michigan State University researchers are trying to determine to what extent aging can affect the performance of automatic facial recognition systems and how it will ultimately impact the technology’s ability to successfully identify criminals or ascertain when identification documents need to be renewed, according to a report by MSU Today. For the study, which was conducted in partnership with National Institute of Standards and Technology, biometrics expert Anil Jain and doctoral student Lacey Best-Rowden discovered that 99 percent of the

Pindrop research explores how aging can impact accuracy of voice authentication

With the growing adoption of voice biometrics for identification and authentication purposes, researchers are investigating into what the contributing factors of users’ voices changing over time. Pindrop has released new research revealing that voices change significantly with age, even in the short term, which makes the process of voice biometrics-based authentication more difficult to achieve. One of the greatest challenges of authenticating an aging voice is that every individual’s voice ages uniquely and at a different rate, which means there

EU training network to focus on early stage research in mobile biometrics

AMBER (enhAnced Mobile BiomEtRics), a new EU-funded Training Network, has detailed its plans to address current issues related to biometric solutions on mobile devices in new projects. The network will comprise 10 integrated Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) projects across five EU universities, along with the support of seven industrial partners. In a statement, AMBER said the network’s aim is to “collate Europe-wide complementary academic and industrial expertise and to train and equip the next generation of researchers to

Software uses smartwatch motion data for signature verification

Researchers have developed software that leverages a smartwatch’s motion detection capabilities to verify a handwritten signature, according to a report by New Atlas. In a new paper, researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev detail how the software uses motion data collected by a smartwatch as the wearer jots down their autograph to confirm its authenticity. The motion data captured by the smartwatch’s accelerometer or gyroscope serves as a unique identifier that determines whether the

ZTE achieves facial recognition breakthrough with deep learning

ZTE has achieved a breakthrough in deep learning and convolutional neural networks (CNN), working with Intel, which could enable new cloud applications performing picture search and matching, according to a Tuesday announcement. The companies say many others researching Internet search and artificial intelligence have been trying to reach the performance and accuracy benchmark. ZTE engineers in Nanjing City, China, used Intel’s mid-range Arria 10 FPGA (or field-programmable gate array) for a cloud inferencing application using a CNN algorithm, and reached

Researchers developing emotional brainwave verification system

Researchers are developing a security system that analyzes brain waves to determine the user’s mental state, and provide or deny access to resources based on them. A research paper titled “Brainwave authentication using emotional patterns” by Violeta Tulceanu was published to the latest issue of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, and describes the use of brainwave biometrics to supplement access control systems. Applications of a security system based on mental state could include control of access to buildings,

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

Military biometrics market to grow more than 7% CAGR through 2020

Technavio has released a new study entitled ‘Global Military Biometrics Market 2016-2020‘, which forecasts that the global military biometrics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than a 7% during the forecast period. The market research report also includes an up-to-date market analysis and forecasts for various segments and all geographical regions. “The global military biometrics market is forecasted to grow at a steady pace owing to the growing security concerns and increasing illegal migration of people