Lausanne-based Global ID announced a new miniaturized venous biometric scanner designed to provide businesses and organizations with a portable form of a more secure authentication approach.
Named VenoScanner, the device was developed in collaboration with CSEM, a Swiss non-profit organization known for supporting cutting-edge technological developments across Europe.
According to Global ID, VenoScanner is not only smaller than most current venous biometric scanners, but also fully portable, as it runs on battery power and over Wi-Fi.
In addition, the device is said to be more effective in preventing presentation attacks, thanks to its ability to perform multiple scans of the venous pattern of a user’s finger and generate a unique venous map, also known as a biometric key, which would be extremely difficult to reproduce.
Beyond the physical hardware, the VenoScanner is working on software sensitive to data security that Global ID has developed in association with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Idiap Research Institute and the HES-SO Valais .
“The data is end-to-end encrypted and the biometric information is continually converted into random codes so that it cannot be read or broadcast,” explains Yasmina Sandoz, Marketing and Communications Manager at Global ID.
“In addition, users’ personal data and biometric keys are stored on different server databases, which means that the data cannot be accessed without their consent, thus ensuring complete confidentiality,” she added. .
Global ID said the first tests of the VenoScanner prototypes were carried out at the Jura Cantonal Hospital in Porrentruy, Switzerland, and showed positive results.
A few days before publicly announcing the commercialization of the VenoScanner, Global ID announced that an international patent application for the technology had been published.
First filed in February this year, the dossier describes “a method, system, and biometric server for controlling user access to an organization’s desktops.”
Patent filing number WO2021156746 mentions scientists from the Security and Cryptography Lab at EPFL who worked on the development of the VenoScanner, as well as Global ID CEO Lambert Sonna.
Future potential customers for the technology include the NGO Mercy Ships, as well as various hospitals in Switzerland, banks and system integrators like ELCA and Oratek.
Going forward, Global ID has said it will focus on configuring the VenoScanner to meet the needs of specific customers.
“Several investors – including those of Promote SA, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds – are keenly interested in supporting our entry into the market,” Sonna explained.
“We look forward to involving them in our business, which I think will disrupt the market. “
Global ID is also working on the manufacture of a contactless hand vein scanner in association with the Idiap Research Institute. The $ 1.1 million project over 2 years is expected to end in 2022. A first version of the biometric device would be able to read biometric identifiers using surgical gloves.
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