The University of Buckingham has been awarded thousands of pounds in government funding and investment from a local company for cutting-edge research.
The Department of Applied Computing has been granted Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funding, which comes jointly from Innovate UK and Bletchley Park-based information security company DeepNet Security.
The funding package totals about £120,000 for research into biometrics authentication to secure online mobile transactions.
The university and DeepNet Security aim to join their specialised skills, to develop a convenient, reliable authentication tool based on signatures by hand to protect confidential information on mobile devices from unauthorised access.
Smartphone and tablet users would use their fingers to write their signatures on the touch screen. The software will offer business customers an authentication platform for conducting operations.
The university department will share its specialised knowledge with DeepNet Security, who will deploy cutting-edge authentication technologies in the field.
This is the second KTP project secured by the Applied Computing Department within the last 12 months. The first project, also with DeepNet Secuity, aims to develop a secure face recognition component for authentication software.
Head of applied computing Dr Harin Sellahewa said: “With the ever increasing use of smartphones to conduct online transactions, the accurate and convenient user authentication on such devices is of paramount importance.
“We are very excited about this partnership as it enables us to see our most recent research in biometrics on smartphones being realised as a commercial product.”