OneVisage: Taking Biometric Security to the next level
With the need for stronger cybersecurity growing by the day, it is quite clear that passwords are on their way to getting phased out. There is clearly a need to provide safer and simpler solutions to verify if the person trying to gain access is really you. What is interesting to note here is, there are three different types of authentication – verifying what you know (password or pin code solutions), what you have (security tokens), and who you really are (biometric solutions). OneVisage delivers two authentication factors (2FA) solutions based on what you have – your own mobile device – and who you are – your face in 3D to provide an optimum user experience, while not compromising on security, as a lack of trust could culminate into being an immediate showstopper.
In the current market, cellphone manufacturer giants Apple and Samsung have very well popularized the use of fingerprint as a means of security on their devices. From the way customers have been receiving the technology, it is quite evident that they are eager to adopt biometry, with 70% of them preferring or wanting biometry instead of passwords, OTP or security tokens. OneVisage currently operates with the objective of taking maximum leverage of this situation by providing the best biometry solutions. They have managed to stay ahead of competition by providing the best overall user experience, security, interoperability, cost-effectiveness and data protection.
“OneVisage plans to go one step further and extend this to 50,000 points, or even a 100,000, with the objective of being able to distinguish between identical TWINS”
So how does OneVisage go about getting the end user to operate the biometric security protection? If the mobile device is equipped with a regular RGB camera, the user is asked to perform a video selfie by moving their head from left to right for two seconds in order to capture different angles of their face. Once that is done, the software reconstructs an accurate 3D model of the face and compares it to the 3D model that was previously recorded at the time of enrolling. The process is even simpler and faster if the mobile device has a depth front camera such as iPhone 10 or upcoming Sony Xperia. The 3D face model is then reconstructed nearly instantaneously. Though this appears to be simple, the technologies behind the functioning of this system are nothing short of state-of-the-art. OneVisage proudly claims that their matching engine is probably one of the best matching engines out there in the market, and is based on statistical 3D face model matching. Currently, the software captures 20,000 points on an average to undertake the security and prevent picture, 3D avatar or video-replay spoofing cases, making it as god as bank grade security. OneVisage plans to go one step further and extend this to 50,000 points, or even a 100,000, with the objective of being able to distinguish between identical twins. From an IP perspective, the organization has applied for international patent requests and has exclusive, worldwide licensing agreements with the academic partners – ETH Zurich and University of Basel – who had provided support while developing the underlying core technologies.
Within the company, Scrum software development methodology to focus on customer needs and prioritize risky developments. OneVisage is in the process of implementing a completely automated QA factory to automate all tests and ensure that the quality of software provide to customers is top notch. In addition to that, they are also in the process of creating focus groups or involving groups of users who would be in charge of providing feedback to the R&D team for the improvement of the solutions being developed.
OneVisage notes that feedback from their customers has been primarily on the positive side, with most of them commending them for the fast paced integration. In a recently implemented pilot project done for a leading bank, convenience, security and interoperability were the key added values of the security solution that was provided. For the near future, OneVisage plans to develop business with integrators and help them leverage the value proposition for specific business cases and verticals. An alternate plan is deal with leading OEM mobile device/equipment manufacturers wherein customers will take advantage of a seamless/hardware integration, thereby reducing their development effort. An alternate plan is to develop business with integrators and help them leverage the value proposition for specific business cases and verticals. In either case, the end users and digital service providers will stand to benefit from a safer and simpler authentication modality.