Intel reveals plans for biometric McAfee software
25 November 2014 14:23 GMT

Intel partners have predicted that the firm will make facial and voice recognition on PCs and tablets widely available.

Biometric authentication software will be launched by McAfee by the end of the year that changes the way users log into devices, according to staff from the IT security firm’s parent company, Intel.

Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, revealed the news at an Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, California.

“Your biometrics basically eliminate the need for you to enter passwords for Windows log in and eventually all your websites ever again,” Skaugen said.

The average user has about 18 passwords and biometric authentication will make PCs easier to use, Skaugen said.

Previously, Intel partners have predicted that the firm will make facial and voice recognition on PCs and tablets widely available in 2015.

As reported by CRN on 4 September, Intel earlier this year released a Perceptual Computing Software Developer's Kit (SDK) aimed at allowing applications to do facial analysis, speech recognition and close-range depth tracking.

Last May, McAfee released the “LiveSafe Suite”, which uses face recognition and voice biometrics to protect personal information.

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