Mobile Biometrics: AOptix Brings Biometrics to iPhone

By | May 31, 2013

AOptix has brought mobile biometrics to the iPhone, giving it iris, face, fingerprint, and voice scanning capabilities. Combining biometrics with the ease of mobile may give midsize companies a new security option in the near future, one that may make iris scanning routine. An article in The Verge describes the AOptix device as a type of case for the iPhone that has a fingerprint scanner on the back along with facial or iris scanning capabilities, which are activated when the user snaps a photo. AOptix plans move into a number of security areas, such as law enforcement, business, and health care.

For midsize business and their IT shops, a mobile, compact biometrics security system has several key benefits. Aside from the fact that the AOptix app has the potential for customization, the iOS platform is secure and stable, and already familiar to many midsize IT shops.

As a portable system, it may be more convenient to use, which may raise the likelihood of high security compliance. Biometrics offer a safe and unobtrusive security solution in business environments where it is not feasible for every employee to carry keycards or security tokens, when there is the problem of remote authentication, when it isn't possible or feasible to bring in large systems, or when regular network and infrastructure components are not available. The potential immediacy of identity verification coupled with great accuracy in previously unfeasible circumstances is a compelling benefit.

For the IT shop, one of the challenges to integrating biometrics with an existing security architecture involves analyzing the risks specifically associated with biometrics and determining the best ways to mitigate those risks within the unique parameters of the enterprise. For example, it is important to understand how spoof attacks in the biometrics world might be carried out and what tools the IT shop needs in order to detect and deter such attacks.

Adding a mobile component to the security solution may be an uncharted area for some midsize companies, and it is one that must be analyzed for risk. Integration and performance issues in terms of how data is transmitted come to mind. Data formats and interoperability are critical to successful implementation, and they must be considered, especially in cases where biometrics data are collected in the field or at another remote location and then shared with other centrally located back-office systems.

Many midsize companies are exploring using biometrics as part of an n-tiered security solution. This is a good first step in introducing biometrics to existing security architecture. With AOptix's launch of a mobile biometrics iPhone solution, midsize IT professionals may want to explore biometrics security more deeply.

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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