A safer world
Why your smartphone could soon be scanning your veins
Manufacturers may be favouring fingerprints over passcodes to allow access to smartphones, but Edith Cowan University researchers already see the technology as nearing obsolescence.
That's why they're developing a new biometric security system that combines your fingerprint with a simultaneous scan of the veins in your finger.
That's because the layout of your veins is unique.
Dr Wencheng Yang from the ECU Security Research Institute estimates the new technology could become commonplace in five to ten years.
"In the future, we'll need more security, because threats are always evolving," Dr Yang said.
"While fingerprints are better than other existing security systems, there are problems.
"We leave fingerprints everywhere and they can be duplicated using adhesives like tape or even Play Dough.
"Facial recognition is also limited, because high-resolution imagery is easy – but there is no easy way for someone to see inside your body."