Hasso-Plattner-Institut: New touchscreen recognizes fingerprints




Researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) have developed claims to the world’s first touch screen that recognizes fingerprints on the screen surface. The current prototype “Fiberio” is large enough to leave work two users simultaneously. HPI master student Sven Köhler presented the with fiber-optic technology and rear projection system working on Wednesday in Hanover to the public.

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“Fiberio is a completely new approach to let users interact safely with their system,” Koehler said. Together with wood he renounced keyboards for PIN entry and also a separate fingerprint scanner as in the latest iPhone can be found anywhere. The reason: Fiberio users log no longer: “While users interact with Fiberio as with a normal touch screen, the system recognizes their fingerprints, thereby ensuring that users have the appropriate access rights,” explained Koehler. The need to log on, attributable entirely at Fiberio – still an unauthorized use is excluded, added the Potsdam.

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In his words, the innovation solves the problem of existing systems that unauthorized persons could gain access to data by seized in an unguarded moment the device. The problem lies in the automatic time-out, which will today used from PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. “These are then for example, ten minutes in which the system is open and thus uncertain. But Fiberio does exactly, this period is necessary, “Koehler said.

The biometric authentication makes it possible for example to allow multiple users to edit with different skills to a common workplace safety-critical documents. Fiberio it allows, for example in banks all employees to view customer data. Money orders above a certain value limit, however, may only share a manager. “Fiberio know who has what rights and allows or denies access – invisible and in the background,” added the HPI master student.
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