New Tech­nol­ogy locks the fear of lost keys

Alive - - Content - by Sripriya Satish

New-age safety at your fin­ger­tips.

Tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tions have al­ways amazed us in ev­ery way. Here comes a new one, which is a break­through in the se­cu­rity sys­tem that can make us feel safe in ev­ery way. This ar­ti­cle ex­plores the won­ders of a mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, called VibWrite, with the help of which one can for­get to worry about the safety of the keys which lock our pos­ses­sions.

All you need to safe­guard your be­long­ings is to swipe the tip of your finger over a flat sur­face. Come on, read­ers, let us get to know and ap­pre­ci­ate this out of the box se­cu­rity sys­tem.

How does it work?

Some of the most com­mon se­cu­rity sys­tems that we might have come across can be the iris or the fin­ger­print scan. But this kind of se­cu­rity sys­tem de­vel­oped by the en­gi­neers from the Rut­gers Univer­sity uses a to­tally dif­fer­ent and eas­ier method of au­then­ti­ca­tion. Be­fore pro­ceed­ing fur­ther,

let us first try to un­der­stand its work­ing.

The whole sys­tem de­pends on an in­ex­pen­sive mo­tor and a re­ceiver placed on a solid sur­face which can be of any ma­te­rial such as wood, plas­tic, glass etc. By do­ing so, the sys­tem can turn any flat sur­face into an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sen­sor. In­ter­est­ing, isn’t it? All the user has to do is to touch the area be­tween the mo­tor and the sen­sor. Vi­bra­tions are gen­er­ated by the mo­tor which in turn di­rects them to­wards the re­ceiver after hit­ting the finger bone placed on the solid sur­face. The re­ceiver then reg­is­ters the vi­bra­tions and helps to au­then­ti­cate the user. To cut a long story short, this se­cu­rity sys­tem au­then­ti­cates a per­son by us­ing his or her finger’s bone struc­ture.

Let us try to have a peek at the pros of this amaz­ing tech­nol­ogy.

● Low cost will be the key to its suc­cess. As al­ready men­tioned, both the sen­sor and the mo­tor which con­sti­tute the sys­tem are in­ex­pen­sive. A pro­fes­sor at Rut­gers Univer­sity, Yingy­ing Chen, states that “Smart ac­cess sys­tems that use fin­ger­print­ing and iris­recog­ni­tion are very se­cure, but they are prob­a­bly more than 10 times as ex­pen­sive as our sys­tem, es­pe­cially when you want to widely de­ploy them.” His state­ment can clearly set­tle our cost wor­ries. ● The hard­ware in­stal­la­tion is rel­a­tively quite easy and cer­tainly would not burn your pock­ets.

● An­other ma­jor added at­trac­tion to this tech­nol­ogy is its min­i­mal con­sump­tion of power. ● Also, it is de­signed in such a way that it pro­tects your pos­ses­sions from the at­tacks of hack­ers.

● The re­li­a­bil­ity and the ac­cu­racy of this tech­nol­ogy in au­then­ti­cat­ing the user is about 95 per cent.

As­so­ci­ated with ev­ery ris­ing tech­nol­ogy there are cer­tain in­evitable cons. Let us not skip know­ing about them!

● The cur­rent VibWrite sys­tem may re­quire sev­eral strides of im­prove­ment. The rea­son be­ing, the le­git­i­mate user may re­quire more than one at­tempt to pass the sys­tem. How­ever, de­ploy­ing more than one sen­sors and im­prov­ing the au­then­ti­ca­tion al­go­rithms for bet­ter per­for­mance are in the works.

● Also, the need to with­stand the harsh weather con­di­tions and ex­treme tem­per­a­tures out­side re­quire be­ing fur­ther tested.

The Rut­gers Univer­sity pro­fes­sor has de­clared that VibWrite prob­a­bly could be com­mer­cialised in a cou­ple of years. This is great news for the con­sumers since we can for­get the fear of lost keys — as our fin­ger­tip would be the means to ac­cess our pre­cious pos­ses­sions. Let’s hail this off­beat tech­nol­ogy which keeps thieves and hack­ers at bay!

LOCK SYS­TEM The whole sys­tem de­pends on an in­ex­pen­sive mo­tor and a re­ceiver placed on a solid sur­face which can be of any ma­te­rial such as wood, plas­tic, glass etc. By do­ing so, the sys­tem can turn any flat sur­face into an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sen­sor. In­ter­est­ing, isn’t it?

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VibWrite-finger vi­bra­tion based se­cu­rity sys­tem.

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