Korea Internet & Security Agency developing biometric authentication for mobile banking

South Korean government-run Korea Internet & Security Agency is developing biometric authentication for mobile banking with plans to commercialize the technology by late 2018, according to a report by The Korean Herald. “We are developing an algorithm for authenticating mobile banking with a combination of a fingerprint, heart rate and (an) electrocardiogram,” said Jason Kim, chief of KISA’s security technology dissemination team. “The technology is expected to be much safer than existing biometrics including iris sensors, fingerprint scanners and facial

MIT-developed software analyzes Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed software that analyzes the variations in Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls, according to a report by Gizmodo. In a study published by MIT, the researchers discuss the RF-Capture device, which transmits wireless signals and then analyzes the reflections of those signals to construct a human form. The technology serves as an extension of another solution the researchers have been developing for a few years. The team previously used

Olea introduces continuous heart pattern authentication solution

Olea Sensor Networks, a provider of intelligent sensors and analytic software for mobile and cloud-based service solutions, unveiled its HeartSignature, authentication technology which is able to accurately and continuously identify individuals based on their unique heart pattern. Unlike many other biometric systems currently on the market, Olea’s HeartSignature enables continuous authentication. This enables an additional, enhanced layer of security by eliminating any interruptions and “time-outs”, along with the need for passwords. HeartSignature identifies the individual’s unique heart pattern without interruption

Bionym begins shipping biometric wearable Nymi Band to developer community

Bionym announced it has begun shipping its biometric wearable wristband, Nymi Band, to the developer community. Previously reported, Bionym recently closed a US $14 million Series A round of funding led by Ignition Partners and Relay Ventures. Nymi Band is a wearable device that authenticates a person’s identity by analyzing their heartbeat, or unique electrocardiography. The device can also be used with applications that require passwords, PINs and keycards. “We recognized early on that the Nymi would be limited without

Ford considers biometric authentication for future vehicles

Ford’s Global Technologies division has developed a system to bring advanced biometrics to future vehicles, according to a report by Patently Apple. Originally filed on March 19, 2013, Ford’s patent application #20140285216 was recently published. Compatible with Apple’s iOS, as well as other mobile systems, the biometric system would be applied to the steering wheel of future Ford vehicles as an authentication device that identifies the driver. The system, which works in association with Apple’s Touch ID technology, ensures that

Biometric wearables developer Bionym closes $14M financing round

Bionym announced it has closed a US $14 million Series A round of funding led by Ignition Partners and Relay Ventures. Rounding out the group of investors are Export Development Canada, MasterCard, and salesforce.com’s corporate investment group, Salesforce Ventures. Bionym has developed the Nymi band, a wearable device that authenticates a person’s identity by analyzing their heartbeat, or unique electrocardiography. The wearable device can also used with applications that require passwords, PINs and keycards. “We see the Nymi as a

Innerscope Research releases video ad solution that uses biometrics

Innerscope Research announced it has released its Video Ad Sensus Suite, the first standardized consumer neuroscience solutions to enable brands to optimize video advertising development across platforms to achieve success. The Video Ad Sensus Suite offers a set of consumer neuroscience solutions that help advertisers to tackle the challenges of improving efficiency and effectiveness of their video creative, reducing production costs and boosting brand impact. “The media environment is rapidly changing and our clients want to know how to maximize

Intel, 50 Cent collaborate on biometric headphones that measure heart activity

SMS Audio, the audio headphone and accessories brand owned by 50 Cent, is set to announce its new line of biometric headphones based on Intel’s health monitoring technology, according to a report by Gizmodo. The entertainer told the WSJ earlier this week that SMS Audio has partnered with a major tech firm to launch a new product later this week. According to unnamed sources cited in the Gizmodo report, BioSport In-Ear is a biometric earbud based on Intel’s prototype health

Silicon Labs launches digital ultraviolet index sensors

Silicon Labs has introduced what it says is the industry’s first single-chip digital ultraviolet index sensor ICs designed to track UV sun exposure, heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry and provide proximity and gesture control for smartphone and wearable computing products. The new sensors, the Si1132 and Si114x, are the latest additions to Silicon Labs’ optical sensor family. According to the company, The Si114x sensors’ LED drivers enable implementation of reflective heart rate and blood oximetry measurement capabilities for health and fitness

Fujitsu software measures pulse with a smartphone camera

Researchers at Fujitsu have developed software that measures pulse with a smartphone’s camera. Reported in Computer World, the technology is based on the brightness of an individual’s face and the changes that occur based on heart beat and subsequent blood flow. According to the article, “hemoglobin, which carries oxygen around the body, absorbs green light, so analyzing the change in color of parts of the face reveals their heart rate […] As most image sensors capture pixel information in red, blue