Keyless cars are becoming a reality with today’s fobs that can be in a pocket or RFID “keys” that are coded to the particular vehicle. This creates an opportunity for biometrics to make the driving experience even more hands-free, for both safety and personalization. Volvo and other manufacturers are testing face and eye detection to determine if a driver closes their eyes to sound an alarm. Extending this to identify an authorized driver, manage user preferences like radio and seat position, and set restrictions for maximum speed or distance restrictions is also around the proverbial corner.
Prior to joining Frontex in 2006, Rasa has worked at DePaul University (United States) on research projects related to US-Mexico migration and immigrants in the labour force. She holds a MA in International Studies (United States) and a BA in Social Geography (Lithuania). She has received training in Military Operational Research as well as Strategic Development and Planning in Security Sector from Cranfield Defence Academy (United Kingdom). Rasa also holds a Diploma in Demography and Geodemography from Charles University (Czech Republic).
The rise in unauthorised access to user accounts and attempts to gain unauthorised access to sensitive infrastructures poses a new challenge for civil security. The aim of the MARS project is to devise an innovative technique for verifying a user’s access rights for applications on mobile devices. One idea, for instance, is to integrate a retina scanner into mobile telephones. The work plan for the project includes scientific studies on health risks, data security, data protection and ergonomics. The intention is to ensure, from the outset, that the project explores all of the issues that might arise if such a method were to be used. (only available in German) MARS