Ease



ease is a system consisting of a bracelet and the matching software. The bracelet consists of a vein scanner with which employees can authenticate themselves throughout the company.

ease ensures data security in companies with the help of a wristband that uses the vein scan as an authentification system. Ease eliminates the need for passwords and other authentification codes.

Time frame: Oct '17 - Feb '18
Strategic Design
Research
Benchmarking
UX/UI Design
Strategy Development
Prototyping


Introduction



The digitalization of our modern life is progressing unstoppably and with it the danger that many of this data will fall into unauthorized hands. To prevent this, complex and expensive security measures have to be taken, be it structural hurdles in the form of locking devices or digital ones in the form of passwords or access codes. Each of these measures does not exclude manipulation.

A highly secure authentication system is "ease". A vein scan, which is up to a hundred times safer than a fingerprint, uniquely identifies and verifies the user of the bracelet.

Every human being has a unique vein pattern. Near-infrared radiation locates venous blood and converts it into an unmistakable template. Additional sensors measure blood circulation and pulse, a so-called live detection. Manipulation is thereby excluded. Thus, "ease" assumes the role of a personalized key for contactless building access control, secure data use, data access control and data transmission. For example, files can be securely encrypted with the associated software. Decryption is again performed with ease: they can only be opened if the addressee is also authenticated. Furthermore, it is possible to see at any time which data was used by further persons. This considerably increases transparency in the company for employees, safeguarding and simplifying company processes.

The system "ease" eliminates the need for passwords and other authentication codes and provides data without delay, is user-friendly, simple and convenient. It is the key to the future of the modern working world.

Way of working

Insights about passwords
Insights data
Current experience journey
Analysis about biometric authentification

Research



At the beginning of the project we worked in a heterogeneous team of three students to conduct a fact and cluster research on the socially influential topic Future of Work. This was the basis for further research and led us to problem identification: Due to the increasing digitalization, the number of data in a company that must be protected against attacks from outside is increasing. Especially employee data (passwords, company IDs, electronic keys, etc.) offer a large potential for damage.
SWOT analysis
Stakeholder map

Synthese



Due to the wide range of research, we were now able to use different methods to converge the gathered information. Interviews, market analyses and other thematic research helped us to develop a concept and translate the project into three phases.
Sketches
Sketches
User Journey

Ideation



Through a combination of design methods and strategic management tools, we have developed three phases on how to roll out and position our product & service in the marketplace.

Phase 1
Um erste Erfahrungen auf dem Markt zu sammeln, wird zunächst eine Applikation für Smartphones entwickelt mit welcher man via biometrischen Merkmalen als Arbeitnehmer seine Daten verschlüsseln kann.

Phase 2
In order to gain initial experience on the market, an application for smartphones will first be developed with which employees can encrypt their data using biometric features.

Phase 3
In addition to the bracelet, an electronic cylinder lock will be introduced in this phase to simplify the private desk policy.
Business Model Canvas
Porters 5 Forces
Value chain
Finance overview

Strategic Management



To study the impact of strategic goals and user needs, we have applied various strategic management tools. The aim was to develop technological and socio-economic feasibility scenarios and then to evaluate the solution approaches. For this purpose, we founded a hypothetical startup, which was also based on various management tools. The result was a valid financial plan in which all figures and phases (sales model, personnel costs, loans, KPIs ...) were taken into account.
Prototyping
Prototyping
Ease Flex
Ease Flex
Branded Ease Flex bracelet
UI Design Call
UI Design Feedback

Design & Prototyping



As we had a software and hardware component in our concept, we worked out both parts and created the first prototypes. The software was developed iteratively and prototypically to test the user experience with selected test persons. We also developed the wristband prototypically. A total of four models were sintered, sanded and varnished and then varnished for further processing. The model for the exhibition was even cast from an elastomer in order to get a realistic impression of the design. Three further models were created for the presentation, which already had the curvature of a wrist and were suitable as ideal demonstration models.
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