With OneVisage, your face is your password

September 28, 2016

Text by Charlotte Gaeng


“I forgot my password!” Yes, us too. With the plethora of login information we enter daily, how could we not forget our passwords?

The solution: your pretty face!

Meet OneVisage, the 3D “selfie” authentication company. Founded in 2013 in Switzerland, OneVisage has the vision of bringing secure, universal, and convenient authentication services to mass-markets using standard mobile devices.

Christophe Remillet, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer at OneVisage, showed his face in our San Francisco office recently as a part of the CTI Market Validation Camp. In between meeting clients, prospects, and investors we sat down with Christophe and put the facial biometrics to the test.

Q: How does facial validation work as a password?

The user registers once to create a reference model, without any training. From there on out, you just login using the camera on your smart phone whenever you need to access your account. Our software will extract a 3D model in real time from the video selfie you are taking and compare it to the reference model. There’s no more need to remember dozens of passwords, pin codes, or security questions.

Q: Who is behind the technology?

ETH Zurich is working on the 3D face model reconstruction and the University of Basel is working on the verification work made by comparing the two models.

Q: What type of device does the user need?

A smart phone with a 0.3-mega-pixel camera with a minimum low screen resolution of 320×240. This represents 100% of the smartphones and tablets sold on the market today. We are developing our product for android and we plan to build it for iOS in the coming months.

Q: What are the advantages of 3D facial recognition compared to a fingerprint security system?

Fingerprints aren’t universal (only 37 devices out of 24,000 use them), they still have important use limitations (dryness, dirt, people with weak fingerprint), and can now be faked in less than 20 minutes. Facial authentication will be the main authentication mode of the future and that’s why key players such as Apple, Samsung and MasterCard made major announcements about this software recently. While others focus on 2D facial technology with some motion detection, OneVisage offers a superior user experience and better spoof-proofing, thanks to the 3D video selfie.

Q: What if the user tries to bypass the system with a picture?

This is the trick that is easiest to spot. As our technology uses 3D, we immediately detect that depth information is missing, in other words, the face is flat. We are the only one in the world to 100% guarantee any 2D picture is rejected.

one visage testing

Q: What if the user tries to bypass the system with a 3D mask?

The current design allows us to reject 100% of 3D mask attempts. But we won’t stop there. We know that 3D printing industry will continue making huge progress and anticipate the capability to print out 3D flexible masks quite soon. We are working on tracking the inanimate nature of the mask as some natural movements are always missing even with a realistic 3D mask.

Q: What if someone tries to play a video of the user to connect to the system?

With current devices equipped with 2D cameras, this case is a bit trickier. Our technology is currently the one that best resists video replay attempts. We are working to strengthen our algorithm by making some quality image analysis behind the scene. Hopefully, smartphones equipped with stereoscopic or 3D cameras will arrive soon in the market. This will change the deal as it would allow us to immediately detect (and reject) video replay situations.

Q: Where else could this software be applied?

We are targeting the high-security needs of companies like banks right now; but the scalability of this system is infinite: industry, health, governmental. It could even be used to confirm our identities when voting, for example.

Currently every domain requires a long identification process. OneVisage’s facial identification system is twice as fast when compared to a regular password. Our technology is user-oriented and you cannot forget your password because it is your face!

Q: Was the San Francisco swissnex team helpful?

Yes. swissnex was an amazing door-opener; their network is fantastic. Thank you!


Christophe Remillet & Dominic Sutter Startup Program Manager at swissnex San Francisco.