Ear based Login: The Next Security Tech After Fingerprint & Retina Scans
Nowadays, technology is so advanced, one has to be careful. Back then, one can make do with a simple pin, but now, it’s considered insufficient. Biometric-based logins with passwords involving retina and fingerprint scanning has slowly made itself known to today’s society. However, with the creativity and brilliance of our inventor’s minds it seems like they would be “old news” soon. Study says that the new security measure that we will employ in the future will involve ear based login.Advertisement
With our technology’s progress, fingerprints can now be faked and even eye scanners are said to be fooled. So it’s only natural that a new type of password or security measure be used instead.
Last March 7, Japanese multinational IT product and service provider company, NEC has announced through their site, that they are currently developing a new personal identification technology that will make use of sounds determined by the unique shape of human ears.
The new ear-based login technology involves measuring acoustic characteristics determined by a person’s ear shape using an earphone that has a built-in microphone to collect the earphone generated sounds as it resonates within the ear cavities.
This unique method will be useful for determining individuals based on acoustic characteristics and also allows rapid highly accurate recognition, which according to the Japanese company, is greater than 99% accuracy.
NEC Corporation Information and Media Processing Laboratories General Manager Shigeki Yamagata said that “since the new technology does not require particular actions such as scanning a part of the body over an authentication device, it enables a natural way of conducting continuous authentication, even during movement and while performing work, simply by wearing an earphone with a built-in microphone to listen to the sounds within ears.
Softpedia further explains that with this ear-based login, the response that will be generated is converted into a digital signal which will become a unique ID signature for each individual. The new discovery is planned to be commercialized within two years through a wide range of apps. The Japanese firm also hopes that it would be widely used by then.
The ear-based system is said to be more than ready “to protect individuals from fraud, or to safeguard the government’s sensitive data from unauthorized access, something which older authentication systems may fail to protect because of their inherent flaws.”
Tech Vorm explains simply that according to NEC the prime candidate for this upcoming technology are smartphones as a user can unlock the phone using their ear especially when the user puts the phone next to his ear when answering a call.
Aside from that the device is already equipped with speakers and microphones which are the primary requirement for the technology to work. The process of authentication also takes around a second so users will not have to worry about it taking too much time. The tech sounds promising enough but will it deliver? And can it stand up to expectations. We just have to wait for NEC and see.
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