Researchers have succeeded in developing a biometric system capable of scanning people’s hearts to lock or unlock devices, using the dimensions of the vital organ, as stated in a press release from the University of Buffalo.
These experts say that this research represents the next step in the IT security sector since so far, two people with equal hearts have not been identified. Through the use of low-level Doppler radar, which continuously identifies and monitors the heart, it is possible to ensure that a locked computer will not be used by another person.
The research team plans to present this technology at the International Mobile Computing and Communication Conference (MobiCom), to be held next month. Led by Wenyao Xu in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Buffalo University, researchers are looking to use this system on computers, condensing it to a size that can be placed on keyboards, and also want to install it on Smartphones.
The waves emitted by the radar system are weaker than Wi-Fi waves, so they pose no threat to our health, according to Xu, who also said that the system reader is 5 milliwatts, which is less of 1% of the radiation emitted by our smartphones.
This scanner requires at least eight seconds to scan the heart initially, and then continuously recognizes the registered heart. It is based on the geometry of the heart, including shape, size, and heartbeats. As hearts do not vary in shape, it looks like a good way to secure a sensitive device.
In addition to being a secure system because it is not possible to duplicate a heart, researchers reveal that the system is much better than other biometric systems since it is a non-invasive and remote way of access without contact. The device can measure and monitor a heart from a distance of up to 30 meters.
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