Chinese researchers reveal advances in gait recognition

Researchers from the Automation Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have detailed their advances in gait recognition in a report in The International News. Huang Yongzhen, an associate researcher from CAS, said its gait recognition solution is functional within a distance of 50 meters from its target and capable of identifying a specific person just by analyzing how they carry themselves. Detection time is reduced to less than 200 milliseconds. The technology can also identify a person without

Wheelys unveils AI-based self-driving mobile retail store

Swedish retail startup Wheelys has unveiled a prototype for an autonomous, self-driving mobile store that uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to navigate city streets, according to a report by The Verge. Earlier this year, the startup launched its first Moby Mart test store in Shanghai carrying basic items like fresh food, sneakers and magazines. The current prototype is controlled by humans, however, the fully-realized mobile store will use AI and computer vision technologies to self-drive throughout urban and rural

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

Gait biometrics expert named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Gait biometrics expert Sudeep Sarkar has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI Fellows Program has 757 Fellows worldwide representing more than 229 universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents. Sudeep Sarkar, a professor of Computer Science and Engineering and associate Vice President for Research & Innovation at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, is an expert in the area of gait

Jaguar files patent for vehicle access system with facial recognition and gait analysis

Jaguar Land Rover has filed a U.S. patent for technology that uses facial recognition and gait analysis to unlock doors, according to a report by the Mirror. Published on October 13, the patent application for “Door access system for a vehicle” technology describes cameras mounted under the windows of the doors, which would take both video and still images of individuals approaching from the front or from behind. The technology would then match images to those stored on the car’s

Technavio publishes report on global gait biometrics market 2016-2020

Technavio has published a new research report, “Global Gait Biometrics Market 2016-2020”, which estimates that the market will grow at a CAGR of more than 13% during the forecast period. Gait analytics explores human motion using instruments to quantify body movement, force, and pressure in an effort to identify, track, and treat individuals by understanding their body movements and pressure. Additionally, it finds extensive applications in orthopedic treatments and training athletes. The report finds that the increasing adoption of gait

Canadian company researching how to identify people by the way they walk

According to a recent report by CBC, Canadian research and development company ViTRAK is doing research to recognize people by their gait. The company currently has a federal government contract to supply its gait analysis system, Stepscan, to three Canadian hospitals. According to the company web site, ViTRAK’s Stepscan gait analysis flooring system is being used by rehabilitation specialists at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto, Ont., the QEII hospital in Halifax and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Hospital in Quebec to help assess mobility-impaired war

Autonomous_ID secures gait-based authentication patents

Canadian based biometrics research and development firm, Autonomous_ID, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) has issued two patents central to the company’s products and services. On November 17, 2015, the USPTO issued patent 9,188,963 for a gait-based authentication system used to determine if a user of a device is an authenticated user of restricted resources. The patent protects the technology central to the company’s workforce and personal identity systems based on its Bio_Sole solution. These systems enable

DHS-funded Boeing project developing chip for self destructing biometric smartphones

Boeing and HRL Laboratories, a software firm jointly owned by Boeing and General Motors, are partnering to develop a biometrics-integrated “brain chip” for its self-destructing Black smartphone that could be embedded into any device, according to a report by DefenseOne.com. The Department of Homeland Security is funding the project, which is valued at $2.2 million over 2.5 years. The self-learning neuromorphic computer chip can employ several kinds of continuous ID verification methods, such as gait recognition, to improve access controls

History of Biometrics

Introduction The term “biometrics” is derived from the Greek words “bio” (life) and “metrics” (to measure). Automated biometric systems have only become available over the last few decades, due to significant advances in the field of computer processing. Many of these new automated techniques, however, are based on ideas that were originally conceived hundreds, even thousands of years ago. One of the oldest and most basic examples of a characteristic that is used for recognition by humans is the face.