Intel and Cognitec ink deal on facial recognition tech
17 December 2014 12:51 GMT

Cognitec says the Intel deal will result in “more convenient and secure” logons for PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

German biometric technology firm Cognitec has entered an agreement with US chipmaking giant Intel that will see the companies cooperate in applying face recognition to device access.

Cognitec has said the deal will result in “more convenient and secure” access for PCs, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and other computing devices beyond conventional passwords. 

“Cognitec is proud of being selected by Intel for this important application of our technology,” said Alfredo Herrera, managing director of Cognitec.

“Face recognition will enable the owners of millions of computers, tablets and mobile phones to protect their devices and access them conveniently and quickly without having to remember passwords,” he added.

Intel announced earlier this week that its McAfee IT security firm would launch biometric authentication software later this year. It was also revealed that the company would be powering the next version of the Google Glass, and that it had bought the identity federation company PasswordBox.

Intel staff said the Cognitec deal would advance its plans to improve authentication capabilities.

“Intel is driving exciting advances in security and biometrics,” said Manish Tangri, Director, New Business, Perceptual Computing, Intel Corporation. “Our collaboration with Cognitec is a key ingredient in enabling secure yet easy-to-use, face-based authentication capabilities for consumers and enterprises.”