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Data security and Biometric Authentication

As a follow up to the recent post concerning the provision of the Biometric Signature Validation tool available in the Anoto Live Forms / Formidable Platform there has been increasing consumer activity surrounding device based biometric (fingerprint) scanning.

Fingerprint recognition or authentication refers to the machine based method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. Despite recent consumer fascination with everything from device login to home automation, it is still only one of many Biometric methods available to confirm someones identity.

Both iPhone and Samsung have popularised the ability to quickly identify individuals through a comparative matching of digital and live fingerprint patters. However, there are a range of other possibilities used to identify people through biometric authentication. These include mainly physiological identifiers such as palm impressions, facial recognition, iris and retina recognition and geometry of a person’s hands.

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CES 2016 Digital Writing Wrap Up

CES, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show, is an internationally renowned electronics and technology expo, attracting major companies and industry professionals worldwide. The annual show is held each January in Las Vegas. Not open to the public, the show typically launches and demo’s products prior to their commercial release.

Today we will take a look at a few of the more interesting Digital Writing announcements from last week’s show.

First up is the Boogie Board writing slate (eWriter) from Kent Displays. How about a device that ships for $30 USD and under! These guys are working in the educational and consumer market with products designed to replace scratch paper around the house and to help kids learn how to draw and write without wasting paper. Kent have an interesting take on all this “Writing is not dead. It is being redefined”.


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Signature Capture and Biometric Validation

Signatures are still widely used in many business processes as a form of identification or to approve and accept legally binding documents. Conversely, due to the increase in identify theft, signature fraud is a growing issue that needs addressing. Spotting fraudulent signatures with the naked eye is difficult, time consuming and prone to error at the expense of the organisation. A biometric system is a great fail safe to these issues.

Earlier this year a handy bit of software was added into Anoto Live Forms that enabled users to validate captured signatures against a biometric analytics process

Despite significant security protocols, conventional biometric validation systems, such as an iris scan or fingerprints, may be hacked. Once hacked, the information may be used again and again because eyes and fingerprints do not change – they are static. By contrast, a signature, even if hacked, is not reusable since no-one can ever sign the same signature twice; signatures are bound to be different from one another. Outside of subtleties of handwriting, other reasons for change including the everyday user issues of name change through marriage, identify, or just keeping things fresh by adopting a new look to their personal mark.

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Field Based Data Capture Systems

The old adage ‘crap in crap out’ in many ways defines the key requirements of optimised Field Based Data Capture Systems. Despite this, following the upgrade of a legacy ‘offline’ system to a connected or digital process, the effectiveness of the system is often blamed on the technological capability and/or the ability of the end user to use the technology process successfully. Rather than looking to connected data capture solutions as the fix all to this process it may be the answer lies in history. 

As early as the 1900’s the choice between automation, or manual input where two very clear alternatives in collecting and collating structured and unstructured data from Field Based Data Capture Systems.

The image above (courtesy of the Florida Historic Archives), show a Field Based Data Capture System from the 1940’s. I don’t know a lot about the 1940’s but i guess the field based data collection agent ticked boxed with a weird stylus like device (lets call it a ‘pencil’). Those cards where then used to update a mainframe computer database back in an office.

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