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Biometrics May Replace Phone Passwords

LAKE WALES, Fla. — FotoNation (a wholly owns subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc., San Jose, Calif.) has come out with a suite of biometrics recognition algorithms aimed at eliminating the need for smartphone passwords with face- and iris-recognition.

For over a decade, FotoNation has been licensing the “red eye” reduction algorithms used by Nikon and nearly every other camera and smartphone maker making it a no-brainer that they will adopt the new algorithms, according to general manager of FotoNation, Sumat Mehra.

“FotoNation invented the first algorithm that reduces red-eye without using two flashes,” said Mehra. “Now our algorithm is used on 9 out of 10 cameras.”

FotoNation has been prove riding image processing algorithms to all the major camera makers, including Nikon, but has come out of the closet to market its new foray into biometric face- and iris-recognition for smartphones.
(Source: FotoNation)

FotoNation has been prove riding image processing algorithms to all the major camera makers, including Nikon, but has come out of the closet to market its new foray into biometric face- and iris-recognition for smartphones.
(Source: FotoNation)

At first their algorithms ran as software on the host application processor, but now the company has created its own hardware accelerator IP that can be licensed to reduce processing time to 100 milliseconds and makes its impervious to hackers, according to Mehra. By 2014 its algorithms were being run on 60 percent of the world's smartphones, and in 2015 it acquired the Mirlin biometric intellectual property (IP) for iris recognition which likewise tracks an individual's facial features.

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