At Your Fingertips: Interview with Human Barcode Creator Scott McNulty
There is a revolution happening in network security, and the key element is you. Scott McNulty, founder of the New York City based company BIOPTid, has created 'the human bardcode,' a technology that verifies your ID by scanning your sweat glands. I sat down with him to discuss his product and its applications.
1. What first sparked the idea of the human barcode and led you to create BIOPTid?
I founded BIOPTid to expand the definition of biometrics and meet the needs of next generation biometric technology. I am a tech industry veteran who helped launch the first cell phone, first PDA, first digital camera, first LCD TV, the ZIP Drive, FDRIVE.Com, and patented the first connection protocol giving mobile devices power over computers. My vision includes changing the way we use and think about biometrics. I also feel that my changes in biometrics will result in the technology to break out and reach mass users in new ways never thought possible.
2. Why sweat glands?
Sweat glands are 'spoof proof' and conveniently located in and around a person's fingerprints, therefore one biometric reader can scan both fingerprints and sweat glands providing a cost efficient and easy-to-use system. Sweat glands cannot be lifted or copied, and yet sweat glands are as unique to each person as prints. Our sweat gland technology can stand alone, or be integrated into existing systems. We hope to license the technology supporting the biometrics industry and existing and future technologies.
3. What is the scope of implications for the human barcode?
It is naturally part of every person's finger. This means such a secure and 'spoof proof' system that will allow one touch biometrics eliminating credit cards and passwords and other forms of ID. When integrated with other biometric technologies, this exponentially creates a more secure and service-oriented environment. Such dual modality will help create new applications for biometrics. Our gaming platform, for example, will provide game developers new ways to entertain their users. Our defense platform will provide governments with more secure systems for military, border control, administration, and law enforcement.
4. What is the process for someone to register his/her biometrics into the database?
We plan to create 'personal biometric devices' like the One Touch Cube. This will take the control of a person's identity away from institutions and put it into the hands of individuals. Such a system will require individuals to register their own prints and sweat glands to their personal reader. The process does not store the physical characteristics of a person's identity so there is no risk for loss or theft. This type of 'spoof proof' personal biometric technology is perfect for a wide range of consumer and business applications. On the flip side, the human bar code is so secure, it's ideal for Mission Critical Security and can be easily integrated into existing government systems.
5. What is USBiQ?
USBiQ (like a 'smart USB') is the first Patented Protocol for mobile devices giving them control over external environments they connect to like computers/smart TV's and the Internet. It creates a secure tunnel and interactive dashboard making it easy for users to connect their mobile device to dramatically different environments. Over a billion devices will be using USBiQ by 2017.
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6. Lastly, what additional biometric services might BIOPTid's products like the ONEtouch app come with?
We will be focusing on hardware and software solutions for one touch banking, digital currency, cloud control, social networks, online storage, gaming, entertainment, government administration, and mission critical biometrics for military, border control, nuclear energy, weapons, and law enforcement integrating other forms of ID and biometrics.