LAKE WALES, Fla. — Password security can now been replaced with a bulletproof alternative using up to 12 biometric parameters for mobile users, according to ImageWare Systems Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) Called GoVerifyID, the system resides on an enterprise's server, requiring no modification of the mobile device by taking advantage of its already existing sensors.
"Password security is hopelessly antiquated — the ancient Greeks used passwords that were hacked leading to their slaughter by the Spartans," claimed Jim Miller, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Image Ware. "Still today two-thirds of computer system breeches are the result of the insecurity of passwords and their reset process."
The commonly used biometrics parameters used for bullet proof authentication.
To the rescue, according to Miller, is multi-modal biometrics which he claims makes it virtually impossible for the wrong person to access computer systems. Today mobile users belonging to enterprises can use GoVerifyID with facial, eye, iris, palm and fingerprint verification (together with eight more in the wings awaiting more sensors being installed in mobile phones and tablet). As a result, it is nearly impossible to gain entry to such secured enterprises computer systems, Miller claims. And since many of the multi-modes can performed simultaneously it takes less than a second to perform authentication — faster than typing a six-to-eight digit password.
Image Ware software security solutions are already used in over 200 police departments, by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), for passport recognition, voting cards, visas and dozens of other critical infrastructure applications. Using Microsoft Azure Servers 100s of millions of authentication cases can be resident simultaneously in a database. Adding GoVerifyID to an Azure server also takes only about 15 minutes with the payment for it on the software as a service (SaaS) model, making it affordable for any sized enterprise.
ImageWare's customers already span the industrial spectrum plus U.S. departments of State.
GoVerifyID is also being ported to other operating environments including Linux and OS10. ImageWare has also partnered with Fujitsu, Amazon Web Services, SAP, HP, IBM and Verizon. ImageWare as 20 granted patents and 14 pending. A consumer version is also under development.
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times