Apple CEO Tim Cook kicks off the company’s September 2020 event. Today’s columnist, Rolf Lindemann of Nok Nok Labs, writes about how Apple’s recent patent for vein recognition technology based on extending the Apple Face ID to facial veins could dramatically improve device authentication. (Credit: Apple)

Here’s a riddle: What has five letters, sits close to the heart and keeps human beings safer than most security tools on the market? The answer: Your veins.

Vein recognition has emerged as one of the hottest ways to combat the security challenges associated with existing facial recognition technologies. A number of negative cases around facial recognition have been in the news — identical twins fooling Face ID and a 10-year-old son unlocking his mother’s mobile phone.

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