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Security based on the contours of the face

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 Windows applications.

“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.





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