US 9,811,653 B1
Location specific image based authentication
Mark E. Maresh, Wake Forest, NC (US); Colm Nolan, County Meath (IE); Juan F. Vargas, Cary, NC (US); and Michael J. Whitney, Cary, NC (US)
Assigned to INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed by INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed on Oct. 24, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/332,501.
Int. Cl. G06F 21/00 (2013.01); G06F 21/36 (2013.01); H04L 29/06 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 21/36 (2013.01) [H04L 63/08 (2013.01); H04L 63/107 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A computer implemented method for logging in to a location-specific user account on a host system, the method comprising:
sending, by a user device, as part of a login request, an authentication image captured at the time of the login request, the authentication image capturing an object from surroundings of a location from which the login request is being sent, and the authentication image further comprising geographic coordinates of where the authentication image is captured;
receiving an authentication response from the host system based on determining whether the login request is sent from an authorized login-location, based on a comparison of the geographic coordinates of the authentication image and geographic coordinates of the authorized login-location, and a comparison of a viewpoint from which the object in the authentication image is captured with a viewpoint of one or more objects from a reference image captured at the authorized login-location, wherein the viewpoint of the object is indicative of the authorized login-location in addition to the geographic coordinates associated with the authorized login-location; and
in response to geographic coordinates and the viewpoint of the object of the authentication image matching the reference image within a predetermined threshold range, receiving access to the user account based on the authentication response.