Under Development: The Next Authentication Technologies in Japan

Under Development: The Next Authentication Technologies in Japan
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According to Asian Review, several projects are underway in Japan to develop new personal authentication technologies based on habits and unconscious behaviors which should be launched on the market by 2020. These technics are deemed to be more secure that fingerprints, irises and faciale images which are vulnerable to identity theft.

Asian Review provides a an overview of some ongoing researches: “A research team led by Yuji Watanabe, an associate professor at Nagoya City University, is working on software designed to discern people’s identities from movements and the speed at which their fingers operate smartphones. The software also aims to capture particular habits when users touch handsets for the first time. The system is said to verify identification with an accuracy of more than 93%. The university hopes to start joint development of the system with companies within a few years.

A team led by Mutsumi Watanabe, a professor at Kagoshima University, is developing a system to recognize people’s identities through handwriting done in the air with fingers. This handwriting is said to be distinct from person to person. The technology is expected to be used at security gates in schools and offices.

A team led by professor Yoshinobu Kajikawa of Kansai University is studying a biometric authentication method that focuses on people’s lip motion. It can verify identities with 94% accuracy.

A gait recognition system, developed by professor Yasushi Yagi of Osaka University, will soon be put into practical use to trace suspicious individuals via security cameras.

Japan’s biometric authentication market is projected to grow 50% from fiscal 2010 to 39 billion yen ($370 million) in fiscal 2014, according to Yano Research Institute. The research momentum is gaining steam as Tokyo is preparing to bolster security for the 2020 Olympic Games. ”

 Source: Asian Review
Photo Credits: 501st MI Demo by UNC – CFC – USFK / FlickR – Soldiers from 501st Military Intelligence Brigade test an iris recognition system during a capabilities demonstration exercise at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys June 21 – 2009.