FindBiometrics is covering the biometric buzz at the ISC West Conference this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reporting live from the exhibition floor, FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill caught up with Bill Spence, Vice President of Sales for HID Global. Spence most excited about the multi-spectral imaging technology his company has been applying to fingerprint recognition, and how liveness detection plays a central role.
“Every time you touch one of our sensors we’re actually able to determine how human the tissue is that’s touching the sensor,” said Spence. “We’re able to do that with every single touch […] it’s inherent with every single use.”
Spence went on to address how HID’s systems are equipped to counteract spoofing: “If by chance somebody does find something that could break liveness – if they figure out a way to to spoof it – We can actually, if we learn about it, we’re able to duplicate it, we can actually update the model and send that out to the field to protect and future-proof all of the installations that we have. This has been very, very important for example, down in Brazil. In Brazil we do over 4 billion transactions annually replacing the need to enter a pin at an ATM; you just use your finger to take cash out an ATM. And liveness is an absolutely critical aspect of that application, and we do that better than anyone else is in the world.”
Spence continued to discuss how the multi-spectral images can be applied to the healthcare sector, where hand dryness is an issue, why HID chose to purchase Lumidigm (the biometrics company responsible for multi-spectral tech), and the importance of credentials in flexible, safe, and secure transactions.