There are more secure layers of password protection such as fingerprinting and iris detection. But these methods require the use of special hardware or specific lighting to make them work.
Now there’s an easier way that uses a smartphone and a person’s eye.
EyeVerify is a computer application that can authenticate a person by reading blood vessel patterns in their eyes. All a user has to do is look to the left and to the right and snap a photo.
The company came up with the idea of using eye veins because they can be imaged with any type of camera and do not require any special lighting.
“We’ve been using passwords and tokens for centuries, and that worked centuries ago,” said EyeVerify chief executive Toby Rush in an interview with VentureBeat. “It failed us… We need something better.”
The program is extra safe because blood vessel patterns are unique to every individual. Rush thinks the app could be used as an extra layer of security when accessing healthcare, financial and “other high-security sectors.”
This summer, EyeVerify will start a number of test pilots of the product, giving the app a trial run in a different sectors. If all goes well, EyeVerify could be available in 2013.
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