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Vein biometric systems record subcutaneous
Infra Red absorption patterns to produce unique and private identification templates
for users. The technology is a vascular "bar" code reader for people!
Veins and other subcutaneous features present large, robust, stable and largely hidden patterns.
Subcutaneous features can be conveniently imaged within the wrist, palm, and dorsal surfaces
of the hand. The technology can be applied to small personal biometric systems e.g.
Biowatches and Biokeys and to generic biometric applications including intelligent door handles,
door locks etc.
Welcome to the Vein Biometric Home page
Vein pattern IR. grey-scale images are binarized,
compressed and stored within a relational database of 2D vein images. Subjects
are verified against a reference template in under 200ms providing fast,
robust biometric authentication.
Images The images
displayed above show the progression from a grey-scale IR. vein image through
a bianarized vein pattern template to a view of an exclusive OR of
two automatically aligned vein images taken from the same individual.
Vein Image Binarization
The Image below shows the effective real time binarization
of a grey-scale vein image.
Vein Pattern Advantages
The human vascular structure is a unique & private
feature of an individual.
Infra Red absorption patterns are easily compared
via optical and DSP techniques.
Identical twins have different and distinct IR absorption
Uniqueness of vein patterns tested by Cambridge Consultants
Veins provide large, robust, stable and hidden biometric
Vein patterns are not easily observed, damaged, obscured
Vein patterns require only low resolution IR. imaging
allied to simple image processing.
Vein pattern stability and repeatability requires
only simple algorithms for auto identification.
Vein structures provide the opportunity for low cost
personal worn and pocket biometric keys.
Biometric Keys (Biokeys & Biowatches) read wrist
or hands dorsal vein structures.
Biowatches output encrypted access codes whilst strapped
to a recognized non coerced wrist
Biokeys & Biowatches output encrypted access
codes ( Cryptographic signatures ) to vehicles, computers, access portals, weapons, firearms etc.
Lost Vehicle Biokeys are not a problem; use any other!
Vehicle Biokeys default to transmitting unrecognized patterns as plain
Vehicle security/engine management systems will let
you in and drive if they recognize your vein pattern.
Biokeys & Biowatches maintain biometric privacy
by placing the ownership of the biometric system, data & Crypto keys in
the hands of the users.
The indiscriminate and inappropriate application
of biometric technologies will enslave us all.
Biometric technologies should be used to provide
individuals with enhanced privacy, security, autonomy and convenience.
Users must insist on the application of personal
biometric systems, where they own and control their own biometric data.
The implementation of biometric technologies must
safeguard the rights and privileges of the individual whilst maintaining
the security of the community.
Biometric technologies should not be used as tools
to manage, control, marginalize or segregate groups or minorities within the population.
Who benefits from the installation of the biometric
What safeguards has the supplier and operator taken
in securing your biometric data?
What safeguards has the supplier and operator taken
in preventing unauthorized access to the biometric transducer or the biometric
Can the biometric trait be photographed, lifted,
stolen or copied?
How secure is the tokenized biometric template from
How secure and trustworthy are the biometric suppler,
operator, their employees and agents ?
Once lost or compromised a biometric trait can
never be rehabilitated
Biometric systems can be tricked and circumvented.
Will the system allow enrolment with something other
than the biometric trait?
Will the system detect the slow, purposeful incremental
erosion of the biometric trait?
Will systems reject active impersonation attempts?
Can an impostor gain entry or access by mimicking
or copying another's biometric trait?
Is the system secure to RF eavesdropping equipment?
Is the system immune to attack with high energy RF
and high voltage spikes?
Placing your own or your companies security on a
single biometric solution is at best foolhardy.
The application of multiple biometric will help,
but a better solution lies in the adoption of integrated security methods.
Security requires vigilance, there are no easy
answers or simple solutions.
Open and Closed View Biometrics
Open view biometric traits i.e. traits that can be easily recorded or
photographed or are left on every item we touch are likely to come under increasing criminal
attack as biometric usage becomes more widespread. Open view biometric traits can be covertly
captured and worked on by criminal elements until satisfactory facsimiles are produced to fool
or spoof the biometric system. Closed view biometric traits i.e. hidden or internal biometric parameters
and certain behavioural traits are more difficult to illicitly capture or reproduce.
The Biowatch an Opportunity
often fail, via rain spattered glasses or fingerprints damaged by
gardening or other DIY activity. The Biowatch overcomes these problems
by recognizing the individual long before any external biometric transaction
Biowatch can tune itself to reliably and repeatability recognize its owner,
providing essentially fit and forget smart biometric security.
Choice: The user can chose to transmit or not elements
of his / her own biometric code
secured by the Biowatches digital signature. The
technology places the individual in
control of their own biometric data &
The Biowatch is very secure as it integrates three fundamental
security. Something one has.
Something one knows, Something one is.
The Biowatch extends cheaply the security of biometric access
to the users home,
vehicle and personal possessions.
Privacy: Vein patterns are within you, people don't
leave them around (like fingerprints) nor
can they be easily observed like Iris patterns or faces. Vein structures
easily covertly captured or reproduced like other biometric traits.
Who will pay for biometrics? People will only pay if biometrics
service specifically for them. Banks will only pay for biometrics if they
customer haemorrhage to competitive banks and credit cards, or biometrics
provides a competitive advantage or a platform to sell customers
products and services.
Biometric system need to provide tangible and demonstrable advantages;
advantages to the user as well as advantages to the Banks, Building Societies
Retailers. Tangible benefits in terms of trust, convenience, security,
extendibility are provided by the Biowatch initiative. The Biowatch not
provides a convenient means to secure banking, shopping and internet transactions
but it offers the user the opportunity (at low cost) to extend the security
convenience of biometric access and use to domestic and personal possessions.
The biowatch provides the secure centre of a future portable
network. It securely authenticates the individual to myriad products and
within the field .home, office or car.
A Challenge: In
my opinion this is the only sensible way for biometrics to proceed, none
us wish to live in a world where the Government or Big Business
can track us
from the cradle to the grave via biometrics. Help shape the future of Biometrics
by campaigning for the civilized implementation of biometric technologies.
Email your MP or Congressional representative regarding the need for Personal
Private Biometric Systems.
Email your bank, watch, phone or computer
company, saying these are the
biometric systems you want, need and deserve, systems
you will use and buy!
Biometrics are at last attracting some interest from
the worlds major electronic and computer companies. This heralds a move
to enhanced biometric interfaces for vehicles, computer networks, security
access and payment systems. Biometric authentication will be used to secure
future transactions between humans and intelligent machines. Biometrics
will provide the key enablers to the generation of private keys in public key cryptography, securing the digital frontier for commerce.
Take part in this process by helping and assisting the development of civilised biometric technologies. Technologies that
delight rather than blight humanity.
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