TSI Receives Notice of Allowance on Patent Application14/998,574, Covering Biometric Authentication for Mobile Devices with Local Templates To Provide Password-Free, Secure Communications and Transactions.
February 21, 2017 – Odenton, MD – Transaction Security, Inc. announced today that it has received Notice of Allowance for a very important Patent Application which uses biometrics to protect access to Mobile Devices and their stored data, and provide for secure mobile communications, including secure device/cloud communications, and secure payment transactions. When the patent issues, TSI Founder and patent co-author, Rod Beatson, believes it will significantly add to the claims of its parent patent, US 9,286,457, of which it is a Continuation, to radically improve the security of data stored on the devices, protect user privacy and provide greater user convenience, through eliminating the need to enter and remember complex passwords. “It will also reduce ID theft and fraud associated with mobile payments and chip card transactions”, he said. He explained that Transaction Security has been building its Crypto-Sign® Intellectual Property portfolio, for a number of years now, to enable enterprises to use biometrics and cryptographic techniques, to build low-cost, user-friendly, highly secure protection for mobile devices, their data and associated transactions.
In making the announcement, Beatson commented “There has been much publicity from companies such as Samsung, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Lenovo and the Credit Card companies with regard to the use of mobile devices, chip cards and biometrics in payment systems and for general transaction security. We will now determine where the patent is being infringed since we believe the claims read onto a number of systems in these areas “In addition”, he added, “a number of companies, including Microsoft, have announced that they are aiming to eliminate the password.TSI was preparing for these developments several years ago and the patent reflects the team’s vision.”
Explaining the patent’s importance he said, “This patent is all about using one or more biometric sensors incorporated into the device so that biometric samples can be matched against local templates to protect access to the device, to enable highly secure PKI-based communications, and to securely encrypt device data - all without the need to remember or enter complex passwords”. He added that the biometric sensors could be for any biometric modality, including the behavioral signature/sign modality, which “requires a secret sign to be submitted upon the device with a stylus”. He added that many biometrically enabled mobile devices now offer biometric protection but only a few of them are based upon issued patents.
“Our solutions are user friendly, highly secure and can be easily implemented – at very low cost.” In addition, he commented, “Since the biometric template is stored in secure encrypted form only on the device, it significantly enhances user privacy, putting the responsibility for template security firmly in the hands of the device owner. Explaining further he said, “We believe that our improved methodology can be used to provide a trusted relationship between user, device and server whether local, remote or cloud-based. In addition, it provides the opportunity to release user credentials, like an authentic electronic signature with an ink-on-paper look, directly from the device to relying parties. The patented method achieves all this, while, at the same time relieving the user of the need to enter and remember complex passwords.”
Mark Kelty, Board Director, co-author of the patent and TSI’s Crypto-Sign Software developer, explained, “I have worked with Rod for a number of years now on implementing these algorithms and processes and we are excited about the potential they offer for the expanded role of mobile devices and for the reduction in fraud.
Glen Gulyas, Board Director, who works with Strategic Partners, added “Our first prototype application for user authentication of Windows-based devices was originally beta-tested by Microsoft, who believed it would be very valuable to their OEM’s.” “Later versions were also evaluated positively by HP, Dell, AT&T, the FAA and others”, he added.”Together, these patents can significantly improve National Security and reduce the billions of dollars lost in fraud from ID theft and data breaches.”
As a final comment, Beatson explained that “The mobile biometrics market has been developing over the years and is now exploding. Our current objective is to move these patent-protected Crypto-Sign processes into the mainstream marketplace and we are seeking strategic partners to help us accomplish this”.