The Cupertino giant has to its credit a very interesting patent that points to a Face ID system based on veins that we have on our faces. This variant of Apple’s facial recognition system would introduce a significant layer of security that would greatly enhance its effectiveness, and minimize tampering.
As our regular readers will know, Face ID uses a set of sensors and a laser system that projects hundreds of thousands of points on the face to create a 3D image. Thanks to this configuration, Apple was able to overcome the limitations that traditional 2D facial recognition systems present, although it is obviously not perfect, and can be violated using masks.
A Face ID system based on the veins of our face could put an end to that lack that we have referred to in the previous paragraph. Each person has a unique circulatory system, which means that the patterns of veins and arteries that run through our body are unique, as well as our fingerprint.
What would a Face ID based on the veins of your face mean?
Therefore, the implications of a Face ID based on the veins of our face are very easy to understand, and very interesting, as we said at the beginning:
- We would have a base security layer, our own face.
- Along with that we would find a secondary and advanced security layer, the pattern of the veins on our face.
Using a realistic mask would no longer serve to overcome this biometric authentication system, since by not finding that pattern of our veins access would be completely blocked. I know what you are thinking, and how would it be possible to identify this pattern of our circulatory system?
Biometric authentication through our circulatory system is not something really new, in fact Fujitsu has been using this system for some time through PalmSecure, which analyzes the veins in the palm of the hand. This means that we have the necessary technology, in fact Apple would only have to resort to infrared sensors.
For a normal user, this biometric authentication system does not represent a real value large enough to justify the cost that it could represent, but In professional settings, things change. Perhaps Apple can use this technology to shape a professional iPhone differentiated from its general consumer range, or it may decide to introduce it to its entire iPhone line in the future.
At the moment there is nothing definitive about that version of Face ID based on the veins of the face, so all the doors are open. Keep in mind that this means that there is also the possibility that the patent that we have just seen never got out of the paper.