South African firm develops new identification technology.

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South African firm develops new identification technology.

Published Date: 2017-06-29 | Source: Reuters | Author: Reuters

South African firm develops new identification technology.

Scientists from aiThentication Computervision Labs, in Johannesburg, South Africa have developed a new authentication technology called aiDX, which developers say surpasses the overall performance of conventional authentication methods by using a humanlike cognition system.

1. VARIOUS OF IDENTITY AUTHENTICATION ON MOBILE PHONE APPLICATION

2. VIEW OF LAB WHERE DEVELOPERS ARE WORKING ON COMPUTERS

3. AITHENTICATE CEO ANDRÉ' IMMELMAN SPEAKING DURING INTERVIEW

4. VARIOUS OF AITHENTICATE CAMERA

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AITHENTICATE CEO, ANDRÉ IMMELMAN, SAYING:

"It came from the initial idea that conventional method of authentication really fall short in post 9/11 world, where we need to have a much greater level of a certainty who somebody actually is. In order to answer that question, we appealed to deep science, deep learning, to develop an ai method artificial intelligence method, in other words to replicate or to mimic or to simulate the way that we as humans, intuitively and instinctively go by recognizing somebody's head, is very different to the conventional traditional way of face recognition, finger print recognition, for that reason really represents the next generation of authentication technologies or methods, and is revolutionary, really is, ready here in South Africa at the University of Johannesburg."

6. ANIMATED CLIP SHOWING HOW THE AITHENTICATE TECHNOLOGY WORKS

7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AITHENTICATE CEO, ANDRÉ IMMELMAN SAYING:

"The technology is not intended or designed as a light weight application for anybody to unlock a phone, use or touch ideas or something like that. It is designated for serious real world commercial applications, conventional methods failed very quickly as the sample size increases, is useful for locking your phone but for very large applications, serious applications, simply doesn't work. So typically it has applications in the security sense, it has applications in a customer services sense, you know this kind of things the bank calls you up and says: this is your bank calling, please, where you live, what is your mother's name, what's your dog favourite hobby, whatever the case it may be. It take that kind of guess work out of the equation completely and it answers the, "who" question to much greater level of confidence or certainty, than what traditional or conventional biometrics have been able to do in the past."

8. VARIOUS DEVELOPERS DEMONSTRATING HOW THE TECHNOLOGY WORKS/ MAN DRESSED IN BLACK SUIT INSTALLED WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGY AND WEB CAM IDENTIFIES ANOTHER MAN SHOWING FAKE IDENTITY DOCUMENT

9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGINEER AT AITHENTICATE, DR OLALEKEN KOMNSANE, SAYING:

"We need to get traction of the world wide use because to be effective at this performance of our technology, we need to continually make sure that we get people to use it, therefore we need world attraction how to use it. So the more users or the more subjects use the technology, the more the effectiveness, the robustness and the capability that carries on."

10. VARIOUS OF IMMELMAN AT LAUNCH OF AITHENTICATE IDENTITY TECHNOLOGY AT SECURITY EXHIBITION

11. AUDIENCE

STORY: A South African firm developed a groundbreaking technology that could revolutionize authentication and better fight against identity theft.

aiThenticate Computervision Labs has been working under the University of Johannesburg on the technology, known as aiDX for close to seven years.

Using artificial intelligence to simulate human cognition in authenticating identities goes beyond the biometrics of passwords, fingerprints and eyescans, and can be used in larger populations with more accuracy, its developers say.

"It came from the initial idea that conventional methods of authentication really fall short in post 9/11 world, where we need to have a much greater level of a certainty who somebody actually is. In order to answer that question, we appealed to deep science, deep learning, to develop an ai method artificial intelligence method, in other words to replicate or to mimic or to simulate the way that we as humans, intuitively and instinctively go by recognizing somebody's head, is very different to the conventional traditional way of face recognition, finger print recognition, for that reason really represents the next generation of authentication technologies or methods, and is revolutionary, really is, ready here in South Africa at the University of Johannesburg," said aiThenticate CEO André Immelman.

The process works similar to the human sensory system to identify and authenticate information.

The role of the eye is played by a camera which feeds information using a cable, similar to the retina, into the brain, or in this case the cloud where the information is processed.

Immelman says this kind of technology is simple enough to use on a mobile phone but so intelligent it can benefit high level, big-data entities like governments, big corporations and even law enforcement.

"The technology is not intended or designed as a light weight application for anybody to unlock a phone, use or touch ideas or something like that. It is designated for serious real world commercial applications, conventional methods failed very quickly as the sample size increases, is useful for locking your phone but for very large applications, serious applications, simply doesn't work. So typically it has applications in the security sense, it has applications in a customer services sense, you know this kind of things the bank calls you up and says: this is your bank calling, please, where you live, what is your mother's name, what's your dog favourite hobby, whatever the case it may be. It take that kind of guess work out of the equation completely and it answers the, "who" question to much greater level of confidence or certainty, than what traditional or conventional biometrics have been able to do in the past," he said.

More than 15 million consumers were victims of identity theft last year, losing 16 billion US dollars according to a report by Javelin Strategy Research, which tracks cases of fraud in the U.S.

aiThenticate says up to 2 trillion US dollars was lost globally to identity theft.

"We need to get traction of the world wide use because to be effective at this performance of our technology, we need to continually make sure that we get people to use it, therefore we need world attraction how to use it. So the more users or the more subjects use the technology, the more the effectiveness, the robustness and the capability that carries on," said Dr Olaleken Komnsane, an engineer at aiThenticate labs.

Developers say field tests so far have shown that aiDX capabilities surpass the accuracy of conventional methods by up to 20 times.

Plans are underway to take aiDX technology to the market in the next month.