Vital biometrics are most commonly found in two applications: healthcare and active living. Remote care solutions that use the modality allow for around the clock monitoring of patients, while commercially available wristbands that sync to your smartphone can help you optimize your workout by providing you with heart rate and motion readings. Now that we are on the verge of wearable technology push from OEMs, new vital biometric applications are starting to surface, and one is offering persistent identity management.
Bionym, a consumer electronics company focused on biometrics and strong authentication, has found a way to take a user’s automatic body functions and turn them into strong authentication. The company’s Nymi uses cardiac rhythm recognition, a proximity factor and task-based gesture control to authenticate wearers of the biometric wristband.
The heart rate authentication wearable is three factor. As Bionym explains, a user must have access to the wristband itself, have a heart rhythm that matches the template and also have access to a secure application on a registered smartphone.
Currently available for pre-order, Nymi authenticates its wearer once and keeps her authenticated until the wristband is removed. Bionym has kept the intended application for its technology open, currently looking for developers to, as the website puts it, “…push the envelope on what can be accomplished with secure identity, proximity and motion.”
Earlier this week, the company announced that it has joined the FIDO Alliance, a move that Bionym hopes will bring Nymi to the masses.
“Joining the FIDO Alliance represents a natural step in bringing the Nymi to the masses and making it widely compatible across devices and services,” says Bionym CEO, Karl Martin. “We’re extremely excited to bring our unique capability of persistent, trusted identity to the entire ecosystem of smart devices.”
Our sister site, Mobile ID World, has been covering new applications in vital biometrics. Recently, MIDW reported that biometric data sensor technology company Valencell was granted two patents by United States Patent and Trademark Office that describe wearable vital recognition used in personalized marketing.
July 25, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter