UK, European Universities to Explore Mobile Biometrics

“The researchers will investigate face and fingerprint biometrics, as well as behavioral biometrics related to device interaction – a nascent form of biometrics that appears to be gaining momentum.”

England’s University of Kent is preparing to lead an academic study of mobile biometric authentication technologies.

UK, European Universities to Explore Mobile BiometricsTogether with a team of other European universities, Kent’s School of Engineering and Digital Arts has won the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Integrated Training Network (ITN) grant, valued at €2.5 million. Kent’s deputy leader of the department, Dr. Richard Guest, will lead the team, which will include researchers from the Warsaw University of Technology, Germany’s Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Italy’s Roma Tre University, and Spain’s Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, which has previously tested mobile fingerprint scanning technology at the behest of Oslo-based NEXT Biometrics.

The researchers will investigate face and fingerprint biometrics, as well as behavioral biometrics related to device interaction – a nascent form of biometrics that appears to be gaining momentum.

The news comes just as the UK government has announced its UK National Cyber Security Strategy, which involves FIDO-based authentication, and will therefore also likely incorporate biometrics. The country’s government and academic leadership are evidently keen to get a solid footing in these areas as digital security awareness continues to rise.

Source: University of Kent

November 7, 2016 – by Alex Perala