Today, receiving spam from a friend's hacked email account is all too common. Passwords and security questions aren't enough anymore. To add protection, and make current security measures obsolete, companies are drawing upon your own body, such as face, finger, and iris recognition. One of the most promising and unconventional of these approaches is 'The Human Barcode,' created by Scott McNulty, founder of the New York City based company BIOPTid. This technology verifies your ID by scanning your sweat glands. I sat down with Mr. McNulty 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 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. 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. (For a license contact firstname.lastname@example.org)