Episode 5

FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION WITHOUT IMAGE DATA

Providing more secure and quicker identification method


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Innovation Japan

FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION WITHOUT IMAGE DATA

Providing more secure and quicker identification method

When we use a credit card, it requires a PIN Code or a signature to complete the transaction, so it is a little inconvenient. Also, the possibility of unauthorized card use means it cannot be considered completely secure. For these reasons, biometric authentication is attracting attention as an alternative way to identify individuals and process payments. The newly developed fingerprint authentication technology, by which the feature points of each fingerprint are digitized and indexed by a proprietary algorithm and artificial intelligence (AI), eliminates the security risks associated with conventional technologies and realizes 300 times faster searches. This video introduces how this more secure and quicker identification method could change our everyday life.

00:16

Being abroad, people face numerous stressful and inconvenient situations, when they communicate in local languages, verify their IDs for checking-in, and when unable to use their credit cards.
Japanese biometric authentication technology contributes to reduce such stress.

00:35

Yasuhiro Kuda
CEO
Liquid, Inc.

This proprietary technology lets people authenticate their identity in a few seconds using their fingerprints.

It is used not only for authentication, but also for other services, such as easier payment.

People often get nervous about security when using fingerprint data. The theft of such data could compromise associated personal information.

01:02

Yasuhiro Kuda
CEO
Liquid, Inc.

Unlike others, our fingerprint authentication technology doesn’t use image data. Fingerprint Image data itself is a type of personal information, which poses security risks.

Instead of image data, we use indexed numerical data. We create a digital representation of the feature points of each fingerprint, and then index the resulting data using a proprietary algorithm. To increase the accuracy of the authentication process, the system also performs sweat gland and vein authentication at the same time.

Since the underlying fingerprint cannot be recreated from the data, even if the data is stolen, our data couldn’t be used as personal information.

01:50

The authentication process is usually very time-consuming.

Utilizing an optimized index created using AI to facilitate high-speed searches makes the authentication process at least 300 times faster than conventional methods, dramatically reducing the amount of time needed to verify ID or complete payment transactions.

02:15

Hideyuki Hoshina
CEO
Liquid Japan, Inc.

Many places such as hotels, hot springs, and drugstores have already started to deploy our system to deliver increased convenience and security by improving the effectiveness of security systems and accelerating the authentication process.

02:34

Yasuhiro Kuda
CEO
Liquid, Inc.

This technology may eliminate the need for carrying wallets or credit cards, therefore reducing the incidence of economic crime. We’ll continue our Research & Development with the goal of achieving a society where people can verify their IDs by means of their fingerprints alone, so that even passports become unnecessary.

We’re actually working with the Japanese government to fine-tune applicable laws and regulations . This technology, which makes possible stress-free authentication, is being introduced in a growing range of settings, both at sightseeing destinations and in everyday life.

This video was created in collaboration with Liquid, Inc.