UnifyID has announced the release of a new biometric authentication solution, GaitAuth. GaitAuth can authenticate users based on the way they walk. 

According to the company, the solution only needs to capture a few steps from a person to perform the authentication. 

UnifyID believes that a person’s gait is very unique, as it is a result of a person’s unique physiology and years of muscle memory. It is also dynamic, which makes it hard for others to spoof or steal, unlike biometrics like fingerprints or facial recognition that are static. “We’ve tested our models using anonymized data from millions of mobile phones and found the accuracy of gait-based authentication can rival other biometrics like fingerprint, iris, or face. Gait also has the benefit that it continues to work even if the user is wearing a face mask or gloves,” John Whaley, founder and CEO of UnifyID, wrote in a post

The company believes GaitAuth could be useful for a number of scenarios: when continuous authentication is required, access control for doors, unlocking cars, when workers are carrying sensitive data and need to authenticate often when on the move, and cross-device authentication.

The solution is currently available on iOS and Android as a modular SDK that can be linked to any mobile application. It also has minimal network requirements because data is processed directly on the device. 

“GaitAuth is the first of our public APIs we are releasing with the goal of continuous, implicit authentication, with more to come. Rather than view humans as the weak link in security, we want to use what makes us unique as humans to strengthen security. Our GaitAuth API is our first “step” towards our goal of making our experiences with security and authentication more seamless, more usable, and ultimately, more human,” Whaley wrote.