EyeLock adds to patents portfolio
24 October 2017 14:39 GMT

Iris-based identity authentication solutions firm EyeLock has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued it with three new patents.

In a statement, the firm said the new patents cover crucial technology innovations for the validation of iris and facial images; the ease and speed of biometric matching; and visual guidance for gaze alignment.

"We couldn't be more excited about these latest patent awards that show EyeLock's continued technical expertise and leadership in developing unique capabilities for the efficient deployment of multi-modal biometrics," stated Jeff Carter, Chief Technology Officer at EyeLock. "We continue to achieve significant technological breakthroughs that have served as significant barriers to market-wide adoption of iris authentication technology. With each successful patent, we're able to expand our IP to deliver the fastest, most cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions that our end-users require."  

Central to EyeLock's patented technology is the ability to validate that iris and facial images are obtained in real-time from the same live person, as a mechanism against fraud – even if images are captured by different cameras using different settings – as well as an effective means for user redress in a transaction authorized via biometrics. Platform advancements include stronger, multi-factor and continuous authentication of a user, where both iris and facial images are used; and non-repudiation of biometrics by capturing and retaining a corresponding, recognizable facial image for a transaction that is retrievable as needed.

EyeLock was also granted a patent for its mobile identity platform, which enables both ease and speed in biometric matching for an improved user experience. The system opportunistically acquires a sequence of images in real-time and selects a limited number of images having the best iris-related quality for efficient handling. It does not require autofocus functions that often trail user movements and fail to achieve good image focus. The platform supports mobile or other applications where biometric acquisition may coincide with eye-blinking or is susceptible to motion blur due to user movement, or where device memory available for holding images is limited.

The third patent covers the Company's new iris recognition mechanism for directing a user's gaze. This guidance capability enables the user's gaze to be easily and optimally aligned relative to a biometric acquisition sensor. The combination of a visibility limiting device with a user-attention device directs visual guidance for gaze alignment. Additionally, intuitive directional guidance via the visibility limiting device quickly and easily directs the user's gaze towards a preferred location. This unique recognition system automatically helps to position the user at a predefined distance away from the biometric acquisition device. It also accommodates users of different heights, as well as users approaching from different angles toward the biometric acquisition device.

Carter continued, "The world of biometrics is evolving rapidly, and these new patents allow EyeLock to capitalize on its strategy to deliver multiple form factor and industry-agnostic authentication platforms. We remain committed to investing in our R&D capabilities and technical expertise to provide even more advanced support to the marketplace in the years to come."