NXT-ID patents cross-device authentication capability sharing method
NXT-ID has been issued a patent for a “Distributed Method and System to Improve Collaboration Services Across Multiple Devices” by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent describes a method of utilizing common data or algorithms across multiple devices to recognize and authenticate a user to perform a variety of actions.
The technology could be used to enable devices without specific authentication hardware or software to leverage the capabilities of nearby devices, or send data to an authentication service.
“This technology improves the security and operation of the IoT by enabling multiple devices to work together to improve accuracy and convenience,” David Tunnell, CTO of NXT-ID. “Now, instead of simply authenticating with a single device, multiple devices may work together to identify and authenticate users. This introduces numerous possibilities for collaborative services in the future as the IoT grows. Beyond authentication, these collaborative services can include jointly performing tasks or jointly providing services to the user.”
“Expanding our patent portfolio in the areas of credential management, authentication and payments is a key component of our strategy to be at the center of the ever-growing Internet of Things,” said Gino Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of NXT-ID. “The technology behind this patent creates a range of potential use cases – everything from securing payments to personalizing room environments – that will make IoT devices more secure, more personalized, more efficient and, ultimately, even more powerful.”
NXT-ID recently announced significant gains in its full year results for 2017, and expressed optimism for the coming year as its technology continues to be commercialized.