Patent Number: 6,307,956

Title: Writing implement for identity verification system

Abstract: The identity verification system employs biometric technology for identity verification. Positioned at the center of the system is a stylus with any of a number of biometric properties or their combination or with one or more metric sensors, while the customer uses the stylus to sign his/her name, or even for writing anything. The identity verification system is used at point-of-sale terminals, in various closed environments, to access a computer network, in applications involving pen-based computers and smart-pens, and for e-commerce. When fingerprint sensors are used, the sensors are positioned in the stylus grip, one sensor for the index finger, and a second sensor for the thumb. In one variation, one-to-one biometric matching is used. Each participant carries on his/her person a device that includes an encrypted biometric for reference purposes to gain access into the system. Processing is simplified since the system need only make a "MATCH" or "NO MATCH" decision. In a second variation that is particularly useful in closed environments, one-to-many biometric matching is used. During each event access request, the community of reference prints is searched for a match with the applicant. Each member of the community need carry nothing on his/her person to participate in the system. In either variation, the stylus is either attached to each site or is portable, one such stylus being carried by each participant.

Inventors: Black; Gerald R. (Southfield, MI)

Assignee: Black; Gerald R.

International Classification: G07C 9/00 (20060101); G06K 9/00 (20060101); G06F 21/00 (20060101); G06F 3/033 (20060101); G07F 7/10 (20060101); G06K 009/00 (); H04K 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018