The Biowatch concept was born after co-founder Joe Rice patented vein recognition as a new biometric authentication solution, back in 1985. He envisioned the use of a watch that would recognise your unique wrist vein pattern to grant access to stored credentials. A biometric watch that would be your ID.
The major advantage of wrist vein biometrics, beyond the ability to accurately recognize someone’s identity, is its wrist vein location. This guarantees that the biowatch W band has been activated by the legitimate user, and while it’s on the user’s wrist, can’t be activated by anybody else, unlike activation by PIN code, face, voice or fingerprint, assuring non-transferability of an active wearable on another user.
Another advantage of wrist vein authentication is that there is no need for the user to continuously interrogate the device as once suffices.
One other beneficial feature is that it allows integration in wrist accessories, resulting in seamless authentication of the user.
Moreover, privacy is guaranteed since there is no private or government database storing wrist vein patterns. Worth noting, biometric information of wrist vein pattern is not even stored in the W band or any biowatch database. Given its hidden nature, a wrist vein pattern is not easily accessible without the consent of the owner, contrary to faces or fingerprints that can easily be found on the internet or a glass.
The vein pattern on your wrist is unique
The vein pattern does not vary throughout lifetime, except in case of injuries and rare diseases.
The vein pattern is best visible under near-infrared, maximizing the contrast between the skin and blood vessels.
Vein biometrics are resilient to attacks due to the hidden nature of the vein pattern and the difficulty to reproduce liveness.