Facial recognition and fingerprint scanning systems are excellent tools for making sure mobile devices are safe from intruders. But as good as they are, they are still bound to some limitations. Moreover, mobile users often struggle a bit when trying to switch effectively and easily between the two technologies. As for intruders, the most persistent of them can conquer facial recognition and fingerprint reading systems by letting users unlock their devices (either unwittingly or under duress) or sometimes coming up with false (but convincing) identities.
Synaptics, however, thinks it can address these issues. The company recently introduced a new hybrid biometric system that combines both facial and fingerprint recognition methods to confirm the identities of users of both mobile devices and even personal computers. Two sets of identity information are certainly better than one, and if it does not completely provide a fully fool proof solution, it does make things harder for intruders to hack.
Users might also find Synaptics’ solution more flexible. Depending on any particular scenario, it might be more convenient to just opt for one method instead of two. For people based in regions with very cold climates, exposing your fingers might not be that wise an idea when unlocking one’s device by way of a fingerprint scanner. In that case, facial recognition would be more appropriate.
But if users can employ both technologies freely, then Synaptics’ solution should prove very useful. And it is good to note that the company’s multi-factor fusion engine is backed by SentryPoint technology, which should give original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) a wider range of security related features, such as Quantum Matcher with PurePrint. By employing specially designed artificial intelligence, PurePrint can differentiate between real fingers and faked fingerprints.
The really cool thing about Synaptics is that it is always looking ahead. As explained by Anthony Gioeli, the vice president of market at the company’s Biometrics Product Division, through a press statement, combining facial recognition and fingerprint scanning technology is only phase one. In future offerings, Synaptics will try to integrate more authentication methods in order to increase security for users’ devices.
Less than a month ago, Synaptics had unveiled the Natural ID FS9100, a new fingerprint sensor for handsets. What makes this sensor special is that it can be fitted under a smartphone’s glass display screen, instead of needing a dedicated space on the device’s front side (like the home button on Apple’s iPhones).
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