EyeLock issued three new U.S. patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued three new U.S. patents to EyeLock LLC.

Patent numbers 9,792,498, 9,792,499 and 9,792,497 cover technology innovations for the ease and speed of biometric matching; the validation of iris and facial images; and visual guidance for gaze alignment.

“We couldn’t be more excited about these latest patent awards that show EyeLock’s continued technical expertise and leadership in developing unique capabilities for the efficient deployment of multi-modal biometrics,” said EyeLock CTO Jeff Carter. “We continue to achieve significant technological breakthroughs that have served as significant barriers to market-wide adoption of iris authentication technology.”

Eyelock was granted a patent for its mobile identity platform, which enables both ease and speed in biometric matching for an improved user experience. The system acquires a sequence of images in real-time and selects a limited number that have the best iris-related quality for efficient handling. It does not require autofocus functions and supports mobile or other applications where biometric acquisition may coincide with eye-blinking or is susceptible to motion blur due to user movement, or where device memory available for holding images is limited.

The second patent covers methods to validate that iris and facial images are obtained in real-time from the same live person, as a mechanism against fraud – even if images are captured by different cameras using different settings – as well as an effective means for user redress in a transaction authorized via biometrics. Platform advancements include stronger, multi-factor and continuous authentication of a user, where both iris and facial images are used; and non-repudiation of biometrics by capturing and retaining a corresponding, recognizable facial image for a transaction that is retrievable as needed.

The third patent covers the company’s new iris recognition mechanism for directing a user’s gaze. This guidance capability enables the user’s gaze to be easily and optimally aligned relative to a biometric acquisition sensor. The combination of a visibility limiting device with a user-attention device directs visual guidance for gaze alignment. Additionally, intuitive directional guidance via the visibility limiting device quickly and easily directs the user’s gaze towards a preferred location. This unique recognition system automatically helps to position the user at a predefined distance away from the biometric acquisition device. It also accommodates users of different heights, as well as users approaching from different angles toward the biometric acquisition device.

Carter continued, “The world of biometrics is evolving rapidly, and these new patents allow EyeLock to capitalize on its strategy to deliver multiple form factor and industry-agnostic authentication platforms. We remain committed to investing in our R&D capabilities and technical expertise to provide even more advanced support to the marketplace in the years to come.”

Eyelock has been granted a total of 54 patents to date.

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