Biometrics security is gaining interest among businesses and consumers thanks to the introduction of the fingerprint scanner on the Apple iPhone 5S last year. At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, security firm EyeVerify announced that its Eyeprint verification technology will be integrated with AirWatch's Secure Content Locker app.
While Apple needs to integrate the biometric fingerprint scanner into the home button of the iPhone 5S, there is no hardware dependency for Eyeprint as it is pure software-based. Hence, companies can implement this on current mobile devices with cameras. .
Denise Myers, Director of Marketing, states that it only requires cameras of at least 1-megapixel for Eyeprint verification technology to work. According to the company, more than 1 billion iOS and Android devices are supported today.
Eyeprint is the company's patented technology that uses existing cameras on tablets and smartphones to image and pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of the eyes. In case you are wondering if Eyeprint could be fooled by a photo or image, Denise claims that the technology has robust anti-spoofing features such as eye motion analysis, 3D object detection and reflection pattern analysis to prevent such incidents from happening.
For those who are concerned over having their biometric data stolen, Denise states that information obtained from Eyeprint is stored within the device and not shared to the cloud. Hence, there is no risk of hackers accessing the data. In addition, EyeVerify implements a titanium security architecture where it generates a 128-bit high entropy key to encrypt the data.
EyePrint - "As organizations increase access to sensitive corporate data and documents on mobile devices, the need to verify the identity of users is critical, said Chris Barnett, EVP of global sales and marketing for EyeVerify. "As we integrate with Air Watch, our Eyeprint Verification will enable organizations using Secure Content Locker to add biometric security to key users groups with just the push of a button in the Airwatch console."
We were given a chance to try out a demo of the Eyeprint app, and the setup was straightforward. It is somewhat similar to Apple's Touch ID where you are required to repeat the entire process a few times for better accuracy. For Eyeprint, you are required to scan your eyes four times under good lighting conditions.
When queried whether Eyeprint could work under low light conditions or in the dark. Denise said that the light provided by the display of a mobile device is sufficient for the camera to scan your eyes.
Will EyeVerify's Eyeprint technology be the dominant biometric solution for companies in future? We shall see.