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MFD Authentication Method Using the MAC Address of a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000226898D
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

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Abstract

This idea proposes a simple method or service to authenticate walk up users on a Multifunction Device (MFD) for security or for providing a personalized user experience. A product device resident software method would use a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection to detect the Media Access Control (MAC) address of a user’s personal mobile device (phone, tablet, laptop computer) as they approach the machine and automatically authenticate the user based on that address. The method requires preregistration by the user of the mobile device with the product device method or service.

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MFD Authentication Method Using the MAC Address of a

Mobile

Device

This idea proposes a simple method or service to authenticate walk up users on a Multifunction Device (MFD) for security or for providing a personalized user experience. A product device resident software method would use a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection to detect the Media Access Control (MAC) address of a user’s personal mobile device (phone, tablet, laptop computer) as they approach the machine and automatically authenticate the user based on that address. The method requires preregistration by the user of the mobile device with the product device method or service.

Authentication and personalization on an MFD typically requires sophisticated and expensive proximity cards and their respective card readers, or requires a walk up user to authenticate with a pin number, finger print, or retinal scan.

A simple and elegant method of authenticating an MFD walk up user for security or for providing a personalized user experience is proposed.  The method would be to detect the MAC address of their personal mobile device (phone, tablet, laptop) as the user approaches the machine using a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.  The detected MAC address would then be used to automatically authenticate the user if it is already known and has been registered with the device.  This would require preregistration of the MAC address by the user.

Proposed Method:

1.    An MFD user registers their mobile device with the MFD, using their personal information that is associated with the MAC address of the mobile device.

2.    When a user approaches the MFD with the mobile device (the user has previously registered the...