While we look ‘specs’ such as processor speeds, internal memory space, app support, image/video quality of the camera, etc. Before we purchase a new smartphone, we usually don’t consider one particular aspect – SECURITY. No, this is not the security in terms of anonymous browsing and proxy-switching. The security referred to above is the security of the phone’s operation such that only the owner gets to use it. Conjuring up a hi-tech solution such as a retinal scan or DNA scan is not feasible. But a fingerprint scan has now been made an achievable goal through recent technological developments.
A fingerprint scan is not that very simple either. Moisture is ever present on the skin’s surface. Adding to this, the skin production of oily compounds and the presence of dirt make a fingerprint scanner very difficult to operate. And inventing a fingerprint scanner for a smartphone is at the apex of all difficulties one can think of currently. News has it that Apple has already been working on such a scanner for iPhones but it is not expected to be available till 2017. Enter Sonovation, a company based in Florida, has emerged as a pioneer in fingerprint identification technology under Gorilla® glass.
Sonovation has successfully achieved a technology which is directly bonded under the glass. This ‘Touch-under-glass’ eliminates the process of cutting a hole in the glass and thereby saves expenses. Sonavation fingerprint identification technology uses ultrasound, i.e. sounds with frequencies above the human threshold of hearing. Protected by 41 patents, this is set to be the world’s smallest low-power ultrasound sensor. This technology was announced by Sonovation earlier this week.
While this may sound interesting for smartphone users who have high regard for privacy, this breakthrough technology might also help biometric sensors used in other sectors. For instance, this technology could mean added security before authentication of any bank transactions, bill payments, etc. Moreover, as it runs on very low power, it could also mean salvaging of some electric power.
Who knows! This innovative technology might end up in a consumer’s pocket sooner than expected!