Forget facial, voice or fingerprint recognition technologies. Artificial Intelligence may come to identify people through the veins present in the hands.
In statements to the television network CNN, researchers at the University of New South Wales, Australia, say that some of these biometric methods have “well-known weaknesses,” so the veins of the hands may be the future.
“Vein patterns are under the skin, so they do not leave any marks, unlike fingerprints. They are not available on social networks, unlike facial photographs. And they cannot be obtained clandestinely, unlike irises, ”said Syed Shah, a researcher at the Australian University’s School of Computer Science and Engineering. “That’s why we believe that a vein-based approach will be much more difficult to get around,” he added.
Using the Intel RealSense D415 depth camera, the team took about 17,500 images of 35 people, in which study participants clenched their fists, setting the patterns in the veins in the hand.
Using Artificial Intelligence, the researchers extracted “discriminative characteristics” from these patterns that, according to them, could then be used to identify an individual in this group with more than 99% accuracy.
Shah told the American chain that, although the idea of using veins to identify people is not new, it usually requires specialized technology. However, his new research uses 3D cameras already available on the market.
The Australian team claims that this study, published on January 25 in the scientific journal IET Biometrics, shows that the technique can be used to authenticate individuals on personal devices such as laptops and mobile phones.