Swiss entrepreneurs and researchers have announced an effort to create a mobile contactless scanner that reads the veins of the hands as a biometric identifier.
The groups involved are the startup Global ID SA and the Idiap Research Institute. The impetus for the two-year, $ 1.1 million Candy project is to reliably identify people in medical settings without having to clean scanners of potential COVID contamination.
The pair say they will rely on a high-definition multispectral sensor. A first version of the biometric device could have read the identifiers through surgical gloves. Entire hands are captured, making it more difficult for criminals to spoof the system.
Global ID CEO Lambert Sonna said in a press release that the entities’ ultimate goal is to ensure data security and privacy while tackling central biometric issues regarding reliability, robustness and the cost. They have already developed a scanner capable of scanning veins through a surgical glove and now hope to make the scan fast and non-contact.
Sébastien Marcel, head of Idiap’s research group on security and confidentiality in biometrics, underlines the importance of detecting presentation attacks for venous recognition. Idiap researchers have also developed a biohaching technique to protect venous biometric models.
A similar biometric project, although with a retail focus, is underway at Amazon. The company is rolling out non-contact palmprint scanners in some of its physical stores and is attracting the attention of privacy advocates.
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