Novetta researches, tests, designs, and integrates a wide range of biometric technologies and systems for government and commercial users, and conducts advanced R&D to solve difficult identification challenges and support strategic decision-makers. Novetta brings extensive experience in optimizing biometric hardware and software performance for fingerprint, face, iris, and emerging modalities.
For applications such as protecting data, providing social benefits, and identifying persons-of-interest, end-users and systems integrators need to ensure their systems provide the levels of security and trust they require, while accounting for user privacy protections, costs, and regulations.
Novetta’s hands-on, multi-disciplinary expertise in fusion algorithms, attack countermeasures, and solutions development for mobile and cloud platforms, provides customers with the peace-of-mind of expert guidance, and the efficiencies derived from an engineered solution.
Research into and development of unique capabilities such as synthetic biometrics and emerging modalities, provides customers with tools to analyze, understand and solve problems in an ever-changing environment of technology capabilities, standards, and policies.
Novetta In Action
- Solving Biometric Identification Challenges through Multimodal Fusion
Biometric system accuracy, scalability, and speed can be improved through use of multimodal fusion, in which scores from multiple modalities – such as fingerprint, face, and iris – are combined to provide a high-confidence decision. In practice, deploying reliable multimodal systems requires a deep understanding of biometric image quality, matching algorithm performance, and biometric collection lifecycles. Novetta has decades of independent experience in biometric R&D and systems engineering to deliver customized systems that optimize performance when using real-world biometric data. Because Novetta does not develop proprietary matching algorithms, we help customers avoid being tied to a single technology provider.
- Advanced Countermeasures to Biometric Sensor Attacks
Biometric systems are vulnerable to a wide range of attacks at the sensor, host, and server level. Successful attacks can undermine the security of end-to-end systems and undermine public confidence in high-visibility deployments. Novetta supports government and commercial customers to improve the security of biometric systems – including fingerprint, iris, and vein. Novetta identifies and measures vulnerabilities, designs countermeasures that improve resistance to attacks, and tests real-world resistance to attacks. Novetta brings a real-world perspective on biometric attacks and threats, taking into consideration attacker skill levels, verification and identification use cases, and out-of-band methods of spoof detection.
- Biosynthetic Datasets for Large-Scale Biometric System Deployment
For privacy and data integrity reasons, government agencies often lack access to biometric test data during design, development, and testing phases. A lack of test data undermines real-world performance and can destabilize operational systems. The lack of operationally relevant test data also undermines government agencies’ ability to specify and procure cost-effective, large-scale systems. Novetta’s Biosynthetic Engine is software that generates realistic digital fingerprint, face, and iris images. The Biosynthetic engine generates on the order of millions of fingerprint, face, and iris images – on customer hardware or in the cloud – to improve the accuracy, speed, and scalability of large-scale biometric systems.
- Providing Multi-Factor Authentication by Moving Beyond Passwords
Standard mechanisms for user authentication on information systems require users to create, remember, and manage passwords, which are susceptible to counterfeiting, spoofing, entry error, and memory lapses. Additionally, typical systems do not incorporate mechanisms to continuously verify that the original, authenticated user is still the user in control of the system. Novetta addresses these gaps through the Active Authentication (AA) platform that continuously collects, fuses, scores, and produces layered fidelity rankings based on multiple aspects of an individual. The secure architecture facilitates integration of any combination of multi-factor authentication pipelines, and acquisition of raw sensor data. Collection parameters, thresholds, and event listeners can be tailored. The platform also facilitates data collection, fusion, and unit and system testing.
- Advancing the Human Domain
Current biometric systems are optimized to operate within rigid to semi-rigid parameters and standards, whether at the sensor, image, feature set, and transmission protocol levels. Novetta is working with the Department of Defense to extend this capability to exploit the unconstrained sensor, opening up a world of other identity attributable, measurable traits to track, identify and build associated linkages, whether from open source video or network presence.