Patent Number: 6,310,966

Title: Biometric certificates

Abstract: Biometric identification is combined with digital certificates for electronic authentication as biometric certificates. The biometric certificates are managed through the use of a biometric certificate management system. Biometric certificates may be used in any electronic transaction requiring authentication of the participants. Biometric data is pre-stored in a biometric database of the biometric certificate management system by receiving data corresponding to physical characteristics of registered users through a biometric input device. Subsequent transactions to be conducted over a network have digital signatures generated from the physical characteristics of a current user and from the electronic transaction. The electronic transaction is authenticated by comparison of hash values in the digital signature with re-created hash values. The user is authenticated by comparison against the pre-stored biometric certificates of the physical characteristics of users in the biometric database.

Inventors: Dulude; Robert S. (Wellesley, MA), Musgrave; Clyde (Frisco, TX)

Assignee: GTE Service Corporation

International Classification: G06Q 20/00 (20060101); G07C 9/00 (20060101); G06T 1/00 (20060101); G06K 009/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018