Voice, face and fingerprint ID all on the same card

Thanks to technology developed at a subsidiary of Siemens Business Services, it is now possible to store three biometric procedures – identification of voice, face and fingerprint – on a smartcard.

Thanks to technology developed at a subsidiary of Siemens Business Services (SBS), it is now possible to store three biometric procedures – identification of voice, face and fingerprint – on a smartcard.

While biometric procedures are much more secure than number codes, the use of only a single biometric feature does not guarantee absolute security. However, as soon as two or even three such features are combined, the possibility of incorrect identification of a person shrinks to virtually zero.

In the past, Siemens representatives say that there was no way the necessary volume of data for this could be stored on one smartcard, but the new solution devised by the SBS subsidiary Siemens Information Systems has opened up new possibilities.

With the new system, dubbed the Intelligent Digital Passport (IDP), biometric information is crammed onto less than 10 Kb. Since the latest generation of cards have a storage capacity of 32 Kb, there is still enough space on the cards for additional programs designed to deal with payment functions, digital certificates for encryption, digital signatures and authentication.

The solution itself comprises a device for recording the data and personalising the card, a read device, and a management system.

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