What are multimodal biometrics solutions?
When a given solution offers more than one biometric scanning option, it is referred to as multimodal. With such a broad definition, the term multimodal biometrics solution can refer to any technology that combines different types of biometrics, either to work together as a multifactor solution, or to allow a multitude of authentication options. Software that combines face and voice recognition, smartphones that offer access control via fingerprint or iris, futureproof biometric platforms ready to support and manage any single or multi-factor type of authentication—these all fall under the umbrella of multimodal.
There are a number of benefits inherent to multimodal biometrics, the most prominent being heightened levels of security and accuracy (in the case of multi-factor solutions) and greater levels of accessibility/flexibility. A banking app that uses both voice and face recognition to authenticate user login, for instance, is by nature more secure than either one of its used modalities alone (since the voice and face of the user both must match the stored templates). On the other hand, a multimodal physical access control solution that sports fingerprint and iris scanning is primed for all sorts of deployments, able to protect areas where fingerprints will do the job and also where hands might be obscured by gloves or dirt.
Where can I find multimodal biometrics solutions?
The areas of application for multimodal biometrics are as diverse as the technologies themselves. Recent developments in mobile technology have turned many smartphones into multimodal biometric authentication devices, so there very well could be multiple biometrics available in your pocket right now.
In terms of vertical markets multimodal biometrics technology can readily be found integrated into cloud platforms aimed at enterprise security markets, where versatility is an important factor for clients with unique deployment needs. It is also increasingly found integrated into mobile apps, particularly mobile banking software, as developers seek to offer strong authentication choices to customers regardless of the specific sensors built into their phone of choice.
Border control, national ID, high security physical access control, law enforcement and more—it is an ongoing trend we are seeing in 2016, that multimodality is becoming the dominant biometric paradigm across most vertical markets.
How are multimodal biometrics solutions changing the world?
Thanks to its multimodal nature, the USAA banking app allows users to login how they best see fit. Supporting fingerprint, face, and voice recognition biometrics, the app can even combine its modalities to add an extra layer of security.
THOR, a threat response platform used to secure US diplomatic facilities, uses iris and fingerprint biometrics.
A multimodal security system that leverages face, voice and physical behavioral biometrics was selected to protect Israel Diamond Exchange. All of the given modalities are contactless, and therefore offer the high level of security inherent in combining biometrics without slowing down operations.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Multimodal Biometrics solutions.
NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control
STC Group is the leading developer of voice and multimodal biometric systems, as well as solutions for audio and video recording, processing and analysis. With one of the largest R&D teams in the industry and more than 25 years of experience, STC Group is well known for solutions implemented by some of the largest international companies in banking, security, telecom and public sectors. Multimodal biometric solutions by STC include OnePass and VoiceKey.WebAccess. Products & Services: Voice and Speech Recognition, Facial Recognition, Multimodal Biometrics, Biometric Security, Financial, Mobile Biometrics, Logical Access Control Biometrics.
MorphoTrak provides the technology and performance trusted by FBI NGI for 10-print, latent, and RISC fast-ID matching and 50% of U.S. State Law Enforcement. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator of interoperable biometric identification systems as well as finger/palm/vein, facial and iris recognition. With 40 years’ experience, Morpho technology serves more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries and is consistently ranked #1 by NIST for enrollment and matching accuracy. For more information, visit www.morpho.com/USA
Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.
Our customers say WCC Smart Search & Match’s flagship product ELISE offers something no other product on the market can – the ability to search through data just as the human mind would. Using such techniques as bi-directional matching, weighted criteria and gliding scales, ELISE delivers ranked, meaningful results. And even better than the human process, ELISE can return those results in under a second – no matter how big the database, or how many! Products & Services: Middleware/Software, Multimodal Biometrics, Smart Cards, Border Control/Airports, Justice/Law Enforcement
At FST, we believe that security should not interfere with the pace of life. Our identity management solutions use a unique fusion of facial recognition, behavioral analytics, and voice verification to identify authorized individuals from a distance, and in-motion, without the need for them to stop or slow down. The IMIDTM product line relies solely on the user’s identity, eliminating fingerprints, keys codes, cards and other invasive biometrics identifiers. Our identity management solution can be seamlessly used for access control, customer loyalty programs and other applications. For more information, please read our white paper Improve your Bottom Line with the Right Identity Management Solution. Products & Services: Financial, Healthcare, Physical Access, Facial Recognition, Multimodal Biometrics