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Skull Sound, a new technology in biometrics market

Germany: Biometric market is witnessing new technology innovation; researchers are working on new biometric techniques to robust the security and authentication process. On the account of the growing innovation and increasing need of secure access the biometric market across the world projected to grow at 14% CAGR during 2020 according to the market research and consulting firm TechSci Research. The company recently published a report, “Global Biometrics Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020”, which discusses that the driving forces for this highly competitive market will be increasing security needs, government projects and constant development in technology. In 2014, government projects accounted for about 13% share in global biometric authentication systems market. In addition, biometric systems are gaining attraction in the residential sector as a result of which the market for these systems are estimated to grow significantly. Due to high initial investment and fulltime R&D costs, which are two major entry barriers restricting entry of new players into the biometrics market, well established players face negligible threat from new entrants. However, competition among existing players is intensifying, with each trying to gain a greater share. Proven credibility of biometric products and competitive pricing have diminished the threat of substitutes, and with small as well as established players offering biometric products in the market, competitive rivalry is set to intensify further.

Recently, a team of researchers from the University of Stuttgart, University of Saarland and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany has developed an innovative biometric type which uses bone conduction (which is the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull) as a password. The technique is used in combination with smart glasses or augmented reality devices. The team called the newly developed biometric types -SkullConduct.

The team of researchers used Google glasses and created distinctive skull vibrations.

As per the researchers, as the human head is created of different parts such as bones, tissues, fluids, etc. their respective placement in the human head differs and the modification of the sound differs between the humans as well. Taking this as the base for developing the new biometric types, the researchers tested it on 10 participants and found 97% correct results.

However, this product is in the development stage and would undergo more advancement and modification by the researchers. Hence, it is not commercialized to the market yet.

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