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Biometrics face recognition software from Neven Vision, a developer of mobile machine vision technology, has been selected by mobile operator NTT DoCoMo in Japan to improve the security of personal data and transactions on mobile phones.
The software compares registered facial images of mobile phone users with the face captured by the handset's camera, providing automated authorisation of users. The application from NTT DoCoMo is based upon the technology from Neven Vision, which is developed to work with mobile devices without the need for communication with a central server system.
When the user of an NTT DoCoMo FOMA SH902i handset from Sharp tries to access a protected application, such as initiating a credit card transaction or sending an e-mail, the face recognition system works automatically. The authentication process takes place and executes the application selected without any extra input from the user.
The technology supports i-mode FeliCa, PIM data protection and device lock function, is intended to replace access control by PIN number or password, and enables multiple user access through multiple security levels.
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