New Type of Biometric Could Change Security Forever

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With the introduction of the iPhone X, the use of biometrics has become widely available and marketable. Facial sensors as well as fingerprint sensors have changed the game when it comes to security, but could there be a new method on the horizon?

The latest trend in security according to researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo have developed a computer security system that uses an individuals heartbeat to identify them.

Wenyao Xu, an assistant professor at the University of Buffalo’s department of computer science and engineering stated that “we developed this non-contact and continue heart biometric system using the a new Doppler radar sensor. Working like a Wi-Fi router, our sensor can send a wireless signal and receive the bounced-back signal, coupled with the user’s heart motion and geometrical traits. We use these features to identify users because each individual has unique heart traits.”

Xu went on to state that the two main advantages of using the heartbeat as a sensor when looking at the alternative popular forms of biometrics is that one; hackers cannot easily gain the information and two; the unobtrusiveness makes it easier to use for the user.

The system currently takes around eight seconds to scan a heart for the first time, where it can then monitor it continuously for almost instant entry. The device is safer than many other Wi-Fi systems as it only emits less than 1% of the radiation that regular smartphones emit. Wu further stated that “we have so far evaluated our system with 78 subjects, and the accuracy is more than 98%. We plan to recur another 500 to 1000 volunteers to further validate the system. We also have a plan to commercialize it. Hopefully this new technology can help to shape the future of security systems.

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