Northern Ireland security firm working on wearable teach with US partner
Northern Ireland heartbeat security firm B-Secur is to work on wearable tech and other applications with a major US company.
NASDAQ-trading NXP Semiconductors has teamed up with B-Secur to create a new form of authentication for its microcontroller chip. It secures connected devices from consumer devices such as wearables and smart home devices, as well as commercial Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
B-Secur, which was founded by Colin Anderson, will bolster the security of the new chip with its ECG authentication technology, which uses an individual's unique heartbeat pattern to verify identity.
It's been described as a groundbreaking deal for B-Secur.
Mr Anderson, who is the company's chairman, said: "With our headquarters in Belfast and a strong partnership with Queen's University's Centre for Secure IT (CSIT) department, we have grown rapidly over the past 12 months and have invested in world-class science and engineering talent from Northern Ireland and beyond.
"We see this unique partnership with NXP Semiconductors as a crucial platform for growth."