Facial recognition sensor enhances mobile security

April 2005
Portable Design;Apr2005, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p6
Functionality in mobile phones and other mobile devices is expanding from phone calls and e-mails to include a wide range of access, payment, and planning services. Today's mobile devices carry even more personal information, including address books, schedules, and payment information. This paper introduces a facial recognition sensor which enhances mobile security. The OKAO Vision Face Recognition sensor can be implemented into mobile phones, PDA, or other mobile devices with a camera function. According to the device's manufacturer, the ability to verify the authenticity of a user through facial recognition enables greater security and safety for mobile devices and the information they contain. Using the manufacturer's core "sensing and control" technology, the sensor is intended to protect information even when a mobile device is lost or stolen. Camera-equipped mobile units incorporating the sensor require no additional hardware. Users initially register their face's image to their device by taking their own picture using the device's camera. The manufacturer says the sensor transcends previous limits in memory capacity and processing ability by downsizing and speeding up the biometric algorithm.


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