Your heartbeat just became the latest biometric. Who knew?
Biometrics are pushing into areas never dreamed of. Electrocardiograms could possibly become your pathway to future access control at your place of work.
Cardio rhythms were discovered 40 years ago to be unique, dependent upon a person’s heart shape and size and other factors, according to Karl Martin, CEO of Bionym.
Toronto-based Bionym, specializing in biometrics, authentication technology and identity services, has just launched Nymi, a bracelet that provides identity through cardiac rhythm recognition. Passwords, pins and locks will be eliminated as a result, the company says.
Bionym was part of an inaugural cohort of the Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. It spun off from the university in 2011.
Nymi is first being aimed at tech-forward thinking consumers, Martin told me in an interview, but down the road he has enterprise customers in mind, too.
“There has been no shortage of interest from enterprise security,” Martin said. “It’s wide open right now. In the end it’s all ID security. We just want to make it simple, and the idea is that it is very simple to interface with. It would be extremely simple for [enterprises] to integrate.”
Access codes and key cards? They’re just proxies for ID, he said.
If his technology becomes prevalent, he said, a new employee at a company could use this converged form of technology not only for personal use but for the workplace, too.
Privacy is a chief concern. Every user will have complete control over data and identity, Martin said.
The Nymi, according to a prepared statement from the company, functions as a three-factor security system. It requires your personalized Nymi, your unique heartbeat and a smartphone or device that has been registered to the app, which will be available on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OSX. This system, and the biometrics supporting it, allow for complete security without compromising convenience, the company says.
What do you think? Do any of you security pros see this in your future? Please keep me informed. Thanks.