TypingDNA to provide free behavioral biometrics for proctoring and remote education during outbreak
To support remote online learning during the covid-19 pandemic, TypingDNA is extending free use of its API for typing biometric authentication to schools and universities for exam proctoring and remote student identification.
More than 45 countries have already announced school or university closures, according to UNESCO, which the company notes directly impacts the education of hundreds of millions of children and young people around the world, though necessary to protect public health.
Like other remote online services, online learning is quickly being adopted to fill the gap, which in many cases likely taxes scarce IT resources. Most students have access to a laptop or desktop computer, but a lack of proctoring software means supervision can be difficult, according to the company announcement.
The company’s CMO Cristian Tamas talked about the accessibility and flexibility of TypingDNA’s API with Biometric Update prior to its demonstration at RSA, and the company noted online learning organizations are among its early customers when announcing a $7 million funding round at the beginning of the year.
TypingDNA will provide authentication for up to 8,000 learners a month for up to three months.
Educational institutions interested in applying for free use of the API can fill out a form on the company’s website or send an email.