‘eGo’ (TM) technology, co-developed in the Nimbus Centre, uses your body to transmit authentication to your computer, doors or phone, removing the requirement to manually enter passwords, use keys or carry cards. It also vastly improves security.
This wearable technology establishes communications between objects and users. Using signal transmission via the user’s body, multiple ‘eGo’ compliant objects you touch are “paired” with the tiny ‘eGo’ device you wear. The object can be anything from a credit card machine (no cards required) to your car (no more keys) to a security door (one touch access) or shared computer terminal (it automatically knows which account to use).
A recent demonstration in Paris by a Nimbus team showed how the ‘eGo’ wearable provides convenience for healthcare practitioners. Typical daily activities requiring authentication, access control, personalization and activity monitoring become seamless and intuitively managed. Modifications for touch-free use are planned for even better hygiene control.
Fingerprint identification controls the security of the wearable, which can be modified in all kinds of ways to prevent unauthorized use (eg switch off if dropped or removed from the user, timeouts, etc).
The Nimbus Centre in CIT have collaborated with Irish partners (DecaWave, Tyndall Institute, Lincor Solutions) and other EU members (Gemalto [Lead Partner], Worldline e-payment services, Continental Automotive, Idex, STMicroelectronics, Precise Biometrics and Inria) on eGo within the Catrene framework. http://ego-project.eu//.