2-Factor Biometrics

A system that fuses fingerprint and electrocardiogram (ECG) biometrics in a single reading for authentication and liveliness detection.

We have developed a system that fuses fingerprint and electrocardiogram (ECG) biometrics in a single reading for authentication and liveliness detection. Like a fingerprint, ECGs are unique but have the added security of inherent liveliness. Stealing someone’s ECG, is far more difficult than the traditional biometrics.

OPPORTUNITY

  • Current fingerprint spoof detection methods operate as binary classifiers trained on real and fake samples, leaving them vulnerable to novel spoofs not seen during training

  • Other liveliness detection methods including sweat pore and blood flow sensing are still prone to spoofing, while the fusion of fingerprint and ECG creates a more robust recognition and liveliness profile that is up to 4x more effective than state-of-the art methods (based on experiments on LivDet2015 database)

  • ECG can easily be recorded through two electrodes and such simplicity makes the method extremely energy efficient and compact. It can easily be implemented into existing fingerprint reading hardware, including on mobile devices

  • Each time an ECG is captured, the user’s unique template updates automatically, ensuring ongoing accuracy and security

  • In recording ECG from fingertips, we are enabling wide-scale adoption of biometric technologies for security applications, facilitated by our ability to provide portable, timely, and accurate results in unpredictable or uncontrolled situations

  • The global market for Fingerprint Biometrics is projected to reach $11.9 billion USD by 2020, driven by growing investment in government and enterprise sectors to support e-Governance, national/ civil ID, e-passports, law enforcement, and access control and user authentication applications

  • Additional markets include connected devices including smart locks, and the continued need to secure mobile devices and apps including payments, banking, and password managers

IP: PCT patent application in prosecution

ID:

2019

Keywords:

Biometrics , Cybersecurity , Smartphones , Software

VPRI Contact

Kurtis Scissons

Director, University Ventures
Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO)
(416) 978-3557

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