Wearable technology for authentication ships from Bionym

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This device is now being made available to developers in order to be able to produce a world’s first.

Bionym is currently working on the first form of wearable technology in the world that is designed specifically for authentication and has announced that the Nymi Band is now being manufactured.

These new wearables are designed to use heart rhythms in order to confirm the wearer’s identity.

Bionym Inc., a company that is based in Toronto, Canada, is working on the first wearable technology based authentication device that will allow an individual’s biorhythms to confirm his or her identity. This will then allow a wearer to be able to use the device to do everything from unlocking a smartphone to a car door. The Nymi Band is already being manufactured and units are being shipped to developers as a part of the company’s strategy to create and expand an ecosystem of applications.

This wearable technology is expected to experience its official release very soon, though Bionym has yet to release a specific date.

unlock cell phone wearable technologyAccording to the Bionym director of platform, Balaji Gopalan, in a statement about the Nymi wearables, “We are truly excited by what our community has been creating with the Nymi Beta SDK and emmulator, including partners such as Brivo Labs.” He added that “We are proud to provide limited-edition Nymi Bands to our developers to help them deliver production-ready applications in time for the Nymi Band shipments later this fall.”

Brivo Labs is a company that is based in Bethesda, Maryland. It is currently using a Nymi Band in its developer edition in order to come up with an application that will allow it to unlock doors.

The president of Bionym has explained that there were already 10,000 of the wearable technology bands that had been pre-sold by last month. The goal is to be able to give consumers and companies the ability to use Nymi in order to replace their use of passwords. The current security standard using passwords is simply too weak to be able to provide the type of security that is needed, particularly when many passwords are too weak and it is common for people to use the same ones for every service or app.

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One Thought to “Wearable technology for authentication ships from Bionym”

  1. Hitoshi Anatomi

    Biometrics can theoretically be operated together with passwords in two ways, (1) by AND/conjunction or (2) by OR/disjunction. I would appreciate to hear if someone knows of a biometric product operated by (1). The users of such products must have been notified that, when falsely rejected with the devices finally locked, they would have to see the device reset.  It is the same with the biometrics operated without passwords altogether.

    Biometric products like Apple’s Touch ID are generally operated by (2) so that users can unlock the devices by passwords when falsely rejected by the biometric sensors. This means that the overall vulnerability of the product is the sum of the vulnerability of biometrics (x) and that of a password (y). The sum (x + y – xy%) is necessarily larger than the vulnerability of a password (y), say, the devices with Touch ID and other biometric sensors are less secure than the devices protected only by a password.

    It is very worrying to see so many ICT people being indifferent to the difference between AND/conjunction and OR/disjunction when talking about “using two factors together”.

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