Finger print scanner Synaptics

Human interface pioneer Synaptics has announced some interesting new tech ahead of CES 2017. The company’s “multi-factor biometric fusion engine” will provide better security while still maintaining convenience.

Users will be able to verify identity via both facial recognition and fingerprint simultaneously. Both have to meet a minimum threshold before the phone unlocks, cutting down on errors and exploits.

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To increase security further, the solution will use PurePrint anti-spoof technology. The system examines fingerprint images using AI and can determine if a print is fake or real.

This extends to the facial recognition too, checking for indicators like blinking and head movement. The system is partly thanks to KeyLemon, a leader in the camera-based authentication field.

“We are very excited to partner with industry leader Synaptics on a comprehensive solution that is secure and convenient,” said Gilles Florey, CEO, KeyLemon. “Integrating our advanced technologies enables an unsurpassed mixture of security and user convenience for trusted authentication in mobile payments, banking, and other content sensitive transactions.”

The biometric fusion engine also combines with Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensors, which allow secure detection through glass. They’re also waterproof, scratch proof, and work with wet fingers.

However, vice president of marketing Anthony Gioeli says this is just one aspect of a wider push. In the future, other biometric methods will be available:

“Synaptics’ Natural ID fingerprint sensors are already significantly more secure and convenient than typed passwords, and by adding multi-factor biometrics users achieve a whole new level of exceptional device- and application-level authentication,” he said. “Phase one of our fusion engine is focused on fingerprint and facial, and future iterations will include additional biometric and security factors.”

The concept is interesting, to say the least. It could be a real contender to Microsoft’s Windows Hello, which uses iris, fingerprint and facial recognition for secure authentication.