Infinity Optics launches white paper to explain biometric hash technology and privacy protection
Infinity Optics has published a white paper to explain the intricacies of its QuantumCrypt biometric hash technology, including how it avoids the limitations that have led to the concept being considered a gimmick in the past, and how it fits into workflows with symmetric cryptographic keys for local data protection and with asymmetric keys for remote secure data transfers.
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The variability between scans of the same biometric with different capture and measurement tools, and the need for algorithms to work despite this variability to perform identification and authentication is pointed out in an announcement accompanying the white paper. A traditional way to deal with the variability is with a distance calculation comparing a new biometric scan with an enrolled template, which reduced false rejections and allows FAR and FRR to be controlled. This process also creates the risk of biometric data captured or stored on a server or in the cloud being exposed, Infinity says.
QuantumCrypt can generate stable and repeatable features from most physical biometrics to create what the company calls “a True biometric hash.” The company says it provides a software platform enabling biometric algorithms to remove the storage of biometric data, eliminating the need for encryption layers, and the cost that goes along with them, along with privacy concerns related to data breaches.
“The QuantumCrypt platform is based on the separation of collected information in 2 categories. A binary code issued from stable features that are reliable and repeatable on all genuine biometric scans and the directory information that says where to find the relevant information while not giving any details that could help to guess one bit of the 1st code,” explains Infinity CTO Gilles Mathieu. “Only the genuine biometric scan from the authorized user can provide the information to rebuild the stable code. This is truly very disruptive. It is very secure for any biometric deployment especially in Biometric Security-as-a-Service for Cloud-Based applications.”
“The ability to generate multiple biometric hashes for identification and verification using a single modality or a single hash for multi modalities makes QuantumCrypt extremely flexible and easy to be deployed in various applications and Cloud-based biometric identification,” Mathieu continues.
Infinity says it is currently working with several companies providing 2D face recognition and AI technology, and has developed a system that generates stable and repeatable codes using derivative functions of Eigenvectors projection. The system has broad application possibilities, including in mobile devices, it can be integrated with various modalities, and works with most proprietary spoof detection systems, according to the announcement.
Infinity recently partnered with Precise Biometrics to develop a fingerprint solution based on the technology.
“We are already building the next generation of biometric technology that will bring much better security and privacy to ensure cyber hygiene in the digital identity space,” says Alfred Chan, Infinity’s CEO. “The current pandemic is accelerating biometric adoption but it doesn’t have to risk privacy or security breach in the biometric system.”
Infinity also recently won a new product innovation award from Frost & Sullivan for QuantumCrypt’s biometric hashing.