Intel unveils True Key, a password manager using facial recognition
06 January 2015 10:26 GMT

True Key will be made available for testing later in January and to the general public by mid-year.

Chip-making giant Intel has unveiled a password management solution that uses facial recognition for authentication.

True Key, which was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will be made available to test users later in January and to the general public by mid-year.

Users simply need to download the app, register and take a photo with smartphone cameras or webcam. Instead of opening up websites by typing in a password, True Key authenticates based on your image.

In December last year, German biometric technology firm Cognitec said it had entered an agreement with US chipmaking giant Intel that will see the companies cooperate in applying face recognition to device access.

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

“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.”

A few weeks earlier, Intel had announced that biometric authentication software will be launched by its McAfee IT security firm that would change the way users log into devices

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