As numerous new pieces of tech are unveiled, the use of biometrics for security has increased exponentially. With personal information such as financial data, medical records, and more, the use and need for high levels of security is increasing as is the reliance on the devices themselves.
Currently, the most popular biometrics include fingerprint scanners, handprint scanners, iris scans, and facial recognition. Yes, they do an ok job, but there are many who have come up with methods to crack them and find ways to breach the security.
According to a research report done by the University of Buffalo in NY, a new non-contact biometric method may be the next big deal in computer security. The system uses the dimensions of an individuals heart rate to create a profile that is only associated with that person.
The system they have developed uses the technology behind low-level Doppler radar, which measures the user’s heart and then monitors it continuously after that. The first time the user uses it, it takes around eight seconds before it knows your individual heartbeat. After that, it does not need to monitor it any further.
The lead author of the paper, Wenyao Xu has stated that the signal strength is less than that of Wi-Fi and has no health threat. Operating at around 5 mW, the system gives out around 1% of the radiation that a cell phone gives out.
The technology may be new, but it could represent a new era of biometrics that can hopefully lead to better as well as smarter security for all. As reliance on smart phones and other forms of technology to protect our data increases, the need for tighter grasps on the individual security becomes more and more evident and necessary.