Bioscrypt, a Toronto-based company, has
claimed an industry first with its 3D camera that doubles as a security
check by scanning the users face with infrared and visible light. The VisionAccess
3D DeskCam scans in three dimensions for authentication purposes.
The security scanning works by using 40,000 identification points on
specific portions of the face such the forehead, eye sockets, and nose
bridge. So far, tests have proved that the system can differentiate
between identical twins, and Ryan Zlockie, director of product management,
claimed that facial hair will no make no impact on the identification.
This means that if a person were registered with beard, they would not have to
reregister if that person shaved. But if that person were to go under
cosmetic surgery, than the system would require the person to reregister.
The company is hoping the new desk camera will replace the need for passwords,
tokens, or cards. The software with the camera automatically initiates
network logon and/or single sign-on to pre-registered web-based or Microsoft
“With the introduction of the VisionAccess DeskCam we are continuing to build
out our multi-factor authentication solution set that facilitates the
convergence of IT infrastructure and physical security systems,” said Robert L.
Williams, President and CEO of Bioscrypt. “We are providing the platform to
assist companies to unify identities across the organization by supporting a
multitude of authentication methods used for access control. This support now
extends to 3D face for IT security.”
The device comes in a 3 inch tall, half inch wide, desktop form factor with
single USB connection. Shipping to customers, integrators, and partners
is expected in the second half of 2007.