Intel Acquires Heart-Beat Biometrics Company Idesia
Intel has acquired biometrics company Idesia Biometrics for an undisclosed amount, an Intel spokesman confirmed.
Idesia, which is based in Israel, provides technology through which heart beats can be used to recognize users on PCs and mobile devices. The technology can also be used to provide health information.
The news was first reported by Globes, an online business publication in Israel. Intel declined to comment on how much it paid for Idesia or how it will use the biometric technology. Idesia's website is now inaccessible, but the company's Web pages can be viewed through Google's cached Web pages.
Fingerprint readers and face recognition have been used for some time to recognize users, but there are concerns that those technologies can be easily tricked, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64.