HYPR and MITRE Study Evaluates Three Biometric Modalities for Accessibility

Biometrics News - HYPR and MITRE Study Evaluates Three Biometric Modalities for Accessibility

HYPR and MITRE have released the results of a study that examined the usability of various forms of biometric authentication for people with vision or hearing disabilities. The study leveraged HYPR’s True Passwordless Security platform, which meets the latest FIDO standards and is compatible with iOS, Android, and web applications.

The study evaluated the utility of fingerprint, iris, and palm recognition, as well as non-biometric PIN authentication. The researchers found that biometric modalities that required the device to be placed in a specific position relative to the body (like palm recognition) were not as usable for people with limited vision, suggesting that developers may need to find other ways to make web and mobile applications more user-friendly.

The joint study is part of a broader effort to make government services and websites more accessible for disabled individuals. 

HYPR is a longtime member of the FIDO Alliance, and recently took on a greater role as one of the newest members of the organization’s Board of Directors. The company previously received FIDO certification for the server component of its biometric authentication platform. It has also been collaborating with ForgeRock on a post-password security solution that will eliminate the use of shared secrets on digital security platforms.

October 29, 2019 – by Eric Weiss