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Implanted Digital Identity Card

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004586D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Feb-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Feb-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Alvis Cheuk: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This paper outlines an arrangement whereby a person's identity is embedded into commonly carried personal items, such as watches, shoes, wallets, etc. Applications include border control, law enforcement, rescue operations and authentication at the point of sale.

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Implanted Digital Identity Card

Alvis Cheuk Ming Fong and Guan Yue Hong

Abstract

This paper outlines an arrangement whereby a person's identity is embedded into commonly carried personal items, such as watches, shoes, wallets, etc. Applications include border control, law enforcement, rescue operations and authentication at the point of sale.

Introduction

Having just stepped out of a long haul flight, frequent travelers are often frustrated at the sight of long queues at border controls in airports around the world. The problem is worse for travelers wishing to catch connecting (domestic) flights. Accordingly, a digital identity 'card' (or transponder) that could be implanted into articles that people commonly wear or carry (such as jackets, watches, jewelry, shoes, cellular phones, electronic organizers, wallets, handbags, etc. The identity card could act as a substitute fot a conventional passport that would therefore expedite formality clearance at airports, both at the origin and destination. It is noted that baggage reclaim is another limiting factor in rapid airport clearance, but business travelers often do not carry checked luggage. At any rate, the identity card would give a business traveler a choice between carrying checked baggage or having a very speedy and trouble-free airport clearance. Other applications of this identity card include law enforcement and rescue operations. Authentication and security issues are also addressed in this article.

Overview

Communication devices such as telephones and pagers provide are manufactured with a slot to accommodate the digital identity card. Personal data that is stored on the card, this data includes data commonly recorded in a person's passport. This data typically includes name (including any alias, previous name, etc.), date and place of birth, height, eye color, complexion, particular features, passport type photograph, date and place of issue of the card, etc. For authentication purposes, data such as the digitized images of a person's thumb impression and pupil may also be stored.

During the transitional period, air travelers would have a choice of using their regular passports, or the card. The former group of travelers would use the slow lane at airports, while the latter would use the fast lane. As card holders walk pass the fast lane, their facial images are captured and digitized. The card data is retrieved in a conventional manner. Those without the card would be identified at this point and redirected to the slow lane. The next step is to compare the image captured with the one stored on the card for each individual. A suitably machine or a human officer could do this task. Bone fide travelers would simply walk pass the fast lane detection zone without hindrance. By comparing the captured image with database records, known fugitives would be typically identified, whether or not they carry the ...