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Biometric signature sound recognition

Sign Assured : 21 May, 2008  (New Product)
SignHear provides robust biometric signature recognition through analysis of sound waves generated by the process of signing
Biometric signature sound recognition
SignHear is a unique and innovative solution, which verifies the user through the sound of their Signature. It is based on technology developed by Rolls-Royce, for listening to the propagation of cracks in metals and other solids. It is a joint venture company that amalgamates the expertise of Rolls-Royce with that of the specialist electronics company, Datalink Electronics.

A major applications area presently being addressed by Sign Assured is the problem of security, verification and access to working environments. These have become a part of everyday life, with a degree of control of those who enter premises and their movement within them becoming an accepted part of life in counteracting the threats posed by terrorism, fraud, theft and industrial espionage.

The race to stay ahead is driving rapid evolution in the security industry. At the forefront of this change is Biometrics, at the leading edge of which is Sign Assured's listening technology. The concept that this embraces is one that is very personal to each and every one of us and yet not at all intrusive.

The signature listening technology at the heart of Sign Assured's developments emerged in the 1980's when research scientists at Rolls-Royce started looking into methods of detecting structural faults within turbine blades. The method used was called acoustic emission detection, whereby a sound pulse is fired into a blade, and depending on the different types of cracks and fatigue present, a host of different acoustic signals reflected back. By analysing and comparing the reflected signals with known patterns, it is possible to determine just what damage a turbine blade has suffered.

During the development of this acoustic method, one of the researchers, noting his colleague writing on a piece of paper made a light-hearted remark as to how he was creating acoustic emissions with his pen on the paper. This comment led him and his fellow researchers to investigate the possibilities of measuring such emissions, and after several months of research and development, a system for verifying hand written signatures using sound was developed.

Sign Assured has taken this development through to a useable cost effective device. It is called SignHear and has just appeared on the market. SignHear picks up the sound of the signature generated when a pen drags across its signing surface. The acoustic signal it collects is a combination of all the important information contained within the signature, ensuring the highest levels of data integrity and consistency. By virtue of the fact that it uses the sound of the signature, the signing surface does not need to be a highly sensitive electronic membrane, a common feature with other Signature Verification systems. Indeed, any high density surface could do the job; such as block of high grade stainless steel.

Signing is biometrically unique to us all because the writing of a signature is a mixture of an individual's personality and the subconscious movements of muscles associated in holding a pen to create the specific signature.

The sound produced by the pressure and speed of the Signature is stored as a template on the device. This is subsequently used by the system to recognise the user on their return, when signing back in or out. If the device fell into the wrong hands and the templates were compromised, the user's signature remains safe. The templates are a record of the sound and this cannot be converted into a visual image. This natural encryption makes SignHear a very secure device offering companies ultimate peace of mind. In addition, no two signatures, in terms of the sounds generated, are identical. Whilst the device is able to accommodate these changes it also recognises this fact and by virtue of this, provides natural encryption for if it sees two identical signatures, it will block access.


The device has widespread application capabilities being user friendly, applicable to hard wearing working environments, users can wear gloves with the device, it is independent of culture, adaptable to any working environment, highly secure and tamper resistant.
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