New contactless biometric system uses hands as secure passwords

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The common belief is that finger, face, and voice authentication is the epitome of security. But these technologies are not as secure as people think, according to nVIAsoft officials, who point out that conventional biometric systems like facial, voice and fingerprint recognition have easily exploitable security flaws.

The New York-based startup is developing a revolutionary method with patented contactless hand biometric sensors and a proprietary software solution. It is working to eliminate such exploits with new hands-free technology.

The company is developing a new way to authenticate biometrics – called Verihand – as the first contactless biometric reader that maps the complex vein structure of the entire hand to generate a unique, encrypted digital ID that is virtually impossible to hack.

Essentially, Verihand makes a user’s entire hand the password. This contactless biometric reader maps the complex vein structure of a person’s entire hand to generate a unique, encrypted digital ID that is virtually impossible to hack. According to product developers, Verihand’s instant, non-invasive and hygienic scanning process is safer and more reliable than traditional methods.

Technology in demand

NVIAsoft expects its authentication technology to be a global standard and one of the industry’s leading technology advancements for securing identity within the next five years. The company also foresees a great expansion opportunity in the cloud computing and mobile industry for single sign-on (SSO), secure online banking and payment solutions.

The company’s research shows that conventional biometric systems such as facial, voice and fingerprint recognition have easily exploitable security flaws. Verihand’s instant, non-invasive and hygienic scanning process is safer and more reliable than traditional methods.

Since the start of the pandemic, the world has become acutely aware of how it interacts with its environment. Verihand provides a relevant solution to this problem.

In the digital age, there is a high demand for digital identity verification that cannot compromise customer privacy. The biometric identification market is now being explored by large corporations and governments around the world, according to Bernard Garcia, Founder and CEO of nVIAsoft.

“Thus, a much stronger methodology, such as Verihand, is readily acceptable to the market, and less accurate solutions such as fingerprint, iris and retina scans, and facial recognition will be swept away by the power from Verihand,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Variety of applications

NVIAsoft’s Verihand product is about to hit a long list of applications. These include:

  • Secure access control
  • Employee time and attendance
  • Gym and club membership
  • Contactless access to emergency care (hospital, clinic, home care facilities)
  • University access (hall, library membership, dorms)
  • Driver’s license and contactless passport
  • Bank account Contactless access Signature
  • Secure personal access

The company’s first-generation version is expected in about six months. It will be for business-to-business customers, noted Garcia, who hopes to attract users who need access control and/or time and attendance accounting.

“We have use cases of apps for education, healthcare and government apps for access control, medical record identification, and payment solutions. These will be tracked by our business-to-commerce applications with our single sign-on APIs,” he said.

key elements

The engine running Verihand is based on blockchain technology. This makes the pure digital ID of the solution unalterable by hackers. By using the entire palm, not just a fingerprint, Verihand can authenticate with unparalleled accuracy, the company claims.

Company standards include:

  • A belief that widespread data breaches, identity theft and software piracy are caused by currently available forms of authentication, i.e. signatures, passwords, smart cards, key fobs and other biometric methods, all of which are fundamentally flawed.
  • Biometric security must be strong and not limited to the palm or finger.
  • Biometric security should be axiomatic with the use of the whole hand.
  • What is needed is the development of a non-contact multimodal hand biometric technology using the vein pattern of the whole hand.

Public Beta

The company’s technology has passed the prototype stage. It is currently in public beta, which includes an operations support system for various applications of authentication systems. This covers access control for door locks, turnstiles, data, equipment inventory and membership based activities. The next step is to switch to secure payment systems.

The Verihand solution improves the weaknesses of fingerprint readers. It does not leave fingerprints and handprints on the surface to be copied.

The developers have learned that the left and right vein patterns of individuals are different, even for identical twins. The face reader can identify an individual but fails to authenticate using the face template.

NVIAsoft’s SaaS and DBaaS (Database as a Service) intends to pursue several strategies and objectives that will enable rapid market penetration.

And after

NVIAsoft plans to employ effective rapid deployment strategies once the beta phase is complete. This process has two key elements.

The first is to offer high quality authentication products and services for targeted applications and industries. The second is a cloud-based authentication gateway database to house biometric data. This will also perform authentication and verification processes for all linked customers and users on-premises and in the cloud.

“Verihand has been in development for about five years. We started developing the prototype design of the handheld readers with the nVIAbrain base application and finished the Verihand components,” said Garcia.

The company plans to roll out its product by the second or third quarter of this year, he added.

Overcome the obstacles

It was primarily capital constraints that presented the most difficult obstacles to product development. In addition to the software development costs, Verihand requires a hardware component consisting of the sensor and the form factor.

“Fortunately, nVIAsoft was able to license a sensor with much greater sensitivity from Livermore National Laboratories, but then we had to pay to have this sensor designed and manufactured,” he explained.

At first, the bio-identification market was in its infancy, so it was slow to get early adopters to use the method, Garcia noted. Today, biometrics is widely accepted and easier to get users.

The development team, comprised of software engineers and industry experts, helped nVIAsoft continue to develop the technology. Biometric data was also a challenge.

“But we were able to address and design the best authentication through collaboration with advice and recommendations from subject matter experts. However, as a business, the hardest thing to date is to raise capital,” he added.

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