Compact Imaging Co-founder/CTO Will Present at London Biometrics Conference
Silicon Valley Technology Company’s Optical Sensors To Provide Sub-Dermal Fingerprint Images for Biometric Security
At the upcoming Biometrics 2015 Conference in London, Dr. Josh Hogan, CTO and co-founder of Compact Imaging (CI), a Silicon Valley-based technology company developing miniature, low cost optical sensors, will present the Company’s approach to strengthening fingerprint authentication systems by offering a practical means to provide highly secure sub-dermal fingerprint images and information.
At the conference, scheduled for Oct. 13-15, Dr. Hogan will describe Compact Imaging’s proprietary Multiple Reference OCT (MRO™) system, which makes optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging technology practical for fingerprint authentication applications. OCT uses light to scan noninvasively below the skin surface to provide depth images of a fingerprint. However, until now OCT’s subsurface imaging capabilities were irrelevant to fingerprint authentication because OCT systems were too large, expensive and power intensive to deploy in field applications. Compact Imaging developed MRO, a miniature, low cost, battery powered version of OCT, to address each of these limitations. Dr. Hogan and co-founder Dr. Carol Wilson, CI’s head of engineering, invented MRO.
“MRO images the fingerprint in depth, not only capturing the superficial fingerprint, but also revealing the sub-dermal fingerprint and other features, such as sweat glands. Because of its capabilities and precision depth scanning, MRO works well with worn or damaged fingerprints, inherently reveals superficial spoofs, is insensitive to moisture and other surface contamination and directly detects liveness,” said Hogan. “MRO can provide a wealth of new sub-dermal information that lies securely below the skin surface and is as unique to an individual as the conventional surface fingerprint.”
CI also recently announced an expansion of its intellectual property (IP) portfolio with the issuance of a 15th US patent. Conventional OCT was first commercialized in the early 2000s and its noninvasive, non-ionizing imaging capabilities have revolutionized diagnostic imaging in clinical and research settings. MRO, by contrast, is designed for use in high volume mobile monitoring and biometric security applications. The Company’s IP centers on its MRO technology.
“Because of MRO’s ability to noninvasively deliver sub-dermal information and CI’s substantial IP foundation, we expect to play an important role in the field,” said Don Bogue, Compact Imaging’s chief executive officer. “That will enable us to leverage the contributions of our research collaborations with the Irish Photonic Integration Center (IPIC) for miniaturizing the MRO system and the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) labs at NUI Galway, where longer term application research is underway.”
Compact Imaging’s proprietary MRO technology is a highly disruptive tissue imaging and analysis system that offers a greater than 100x reduction in size and cost compared to conventional OCT systems.
The Company is developing MRO for a broad range of mobile applications, such as health and fitness, cosmetics and eye care as well as biometric security. Compact Imaging already has demonstrated MRO’s capabilities in human tests in several applications.
“Our research collaborations have provided us with world class scientific and technical expertise, specialized equipment and funding,” said Hogan. “Being invited to speak at the Biometrics 2015 conference is early recognition of the potential importance of our work to the biometrics community.”
About Compact Imaging, Inc.
Compact Imaging, a privately-held company based in Mountain View, CA, is developing miniature optical sensors that noninvasively image and measure subsurface features, properties and behaviors of human tissue and other biological and non-biological materials. These sensors, called MRO™ (Multiple Reference OCT), can be small, low cost and battery powered. They address the need for more capable and versatile sensors in rapidly expanding mobile device markets, such as biometric security, personal health monitoring and non-destructive testing (NDT). The Company has been issued a series of US patents covering its MRO technology. Additional information is available at the Company’s website, www.compactimaging.com.