Digital technology solutions company SoftServe announced Thursday BioLock, an electrocardiogram (ECG) biosensor analysis system for continuous driver authentication and health monitoring, a key IoT asset. The smart system ensures device-to-device communication between ECG biosensors embedded into a vehicle’s steering wheel and mobile devices to ‘recognize’ and monitor users with a simple touch.
The SoftServe BioLock IoT device uses a custom ECG reader device, placed it onto a printed cover for a mobile device and then embedded it into a steering wheel. The first stop to the concept design was literature review and algorithms research, along with dozens of experiments executed in simulated real-life conditions to collect the data for analysis.
Electrical signals from the human heart (ECG) are captured by electrodes embedded into the steering wheel. Two electrodes (instead of the usual three) are used to simplify user interaction with a sensor. Signals are processed, digitized and sent to the mobile application via Bluetooth.
All authentication is made by a Neural Network (Tensor Flow), previously programmed to identify ECG signals of certain users. After successful verification the device is unlocked and can display useful information for the user.
“In the current era of the Internet of Things, secure authentication is one of the main requirements for any smart system,” explained Juan Turruellas, EVP World Wide Business Development, SoftServe. “Our biometric authentication system will not only protect sensitive data, it can also protect a variety of corporate assets from theft, in this particular case, vehicle theft as unidentified users will be unable to start the engine.”
SoftServe identified that the custom-made device satisfied two key verticals – recognition time is less than 30 seconds and accuracy is higher than 70 percent. It supports continuous ECG data streaming vs. one-time events such as entering passwords or simple fingerprint recognition. Additionally, continuous ECG-based authentication is easy to use, hard to steal and impossible to fake, either by emulating or combinatory guess.
As vehicle technology advances, so too must the security systems and processes put in place to protect the lives of drivers and vehicle operation. Factors such as theft, fatigue and ill-health all contribute to significant risk when operating vehicles. Incorporating real-time processing and biometric authentication, BioLock provides ECG biosensor analysis system to proactively monitor the health of drivers and prevent vehicle theft.
Verification based on ECG analysis has a number of important benefits compared to alternative authentication methods such as passwords, security cards, and fingerprint recognition. In addition to being easy-to-use, there is no requirement to remember or change passwords and an ECG is near-impossible to fake or spoof.
The smart system can also be customized to meet the needs of any business or end-user needing to protect data or physical assets, including secure payment processing, bicycles, locking doors, mobile devices and laptops.
“Safety and security are a top priority for Overhaul and our clients moving high value cargo,” explained Barry Conlon, CEO of Overhaul Group, a SoftServe partner that is hoping to integrate BioLock into its online marketplace for the commercial trucking industry in the future. “BioLock’s driver authentication technology aids our commitment to prevent cargo theft while keeping our driver’s safe.”