Iris Mobile Devices To Fill Aadhaar Authentication Gap: Delta
Delta ID Inc., a provider of iris scanning technology for mobile devices, believes the high failure rates in Aadhaar biometric authentication, as recently reported in MGNREGA tests in Telangana, will be addressed in a cost-effective way with the iris integrated mobile devices.
Iris recognition is an automated method of biometric identification that uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques on images of one or both of the irises of an individual’s eyes, whose complex random patterns are unique, stable, and can be seen from some distance.
Last year, the Additional Secretary of the Department of Information Technology (DeITY), urged mobile manufacturers to add biometric features such as iris and fingerprint scanning, which will further the government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ campaigns.
According to the India Biometrics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020 report, the biometrics market in India is projected to grow at a robust CAGR of over 35 percent till 2020. Government, BFSI, Border security, Manufacturing and Telecom are some of the industry domain that are fueling the growth of the Biometrics Market. While fingerprint based identification is largely relevant in this space, the Iris technology is rapidly gaining momentum across the verticals.
“We believe iris integrated smartphones and tablets will address the issues reported with Aadhaar biometric authentication,” said Dr. Salil Prabhakar, President and CEO of Delta ID Inc., “The UIDAI and the worldwide biometric community have tested and found iris to have better reliability. We are confident the failure rates will be drastically lower once the cheaper iris integrated mobile devices are adopted in the market.”
With the government mandating the use of Aadhaar biometric authentication in more social and other programs, the need for a biometric modality that works reliably is critical. Unlike fingerprints that are being reported to show high failure rates due to wear and tear, the iris, being a protected internal organ, is expected to be significantly more reliable. Additionally, since the iris is not affected with age, it works reliably across all age groups, said Prabhakar.
“One of the key impediments in wide-scale roll out of iris for Aadhaar has been the high cost of iris devices. This is being addressed with the rollout of iris integrated mobile devices. Samsung partnered with Delta ID to launch India’s first iris integrated tablet in May 2016. The technology is arriving in smartphones too, and not only in high end devices such as Samsung Galaxy S8, but also in low cost smartphones from Indian manufacturers,” he said.
Prabhakar said, Delta ID has made remarkable advances in bringing iris technology to consumer mobile devices and applications. Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS technology has passed STQC’s FRR test with better than 99% accuracy, and has been certified by the STQC. ActiveIRIS and a combination of STQC certified hardware components can be integrated by any mobile device to expeditiously introduce iris integrated mobile devices in the market.
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