Helsinki, Oct. 14 (AFP): Finnish researchers have presented a new technology designed to prevent thefts of mobile phones and laptops, using biometrics to recognise the gait of the device’s owner.
A sensor-based so-called “gaitcode” embedded in the device registers and memorises the movements of the owner in three-dimensional form, and is reliable in 90 per cent of cases, the researchers said.
If it does not recognise the walk, it asks for a password and if an incorrect password is given, it automatically locks itself down.
The gaitcode can also be used in a smartcard, attache case, weapon or USB device.
“We think that if it is no longer useful for a person to steal somebody else’s mobile device, the number of crimes will decrease,” professor Heikki Ailisto of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland told reporters.
More than 300,000 mobile phones are stolen each year in Britain and some 100,000 in both Germany and Sweden, according to statistics.
The technology can also be connected to a voice-recognition system.