Samsung has just released its first Android device with Iris Recognition Technology, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris, once again fueling rumours that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 will have built in iris scanners.
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Priced at only £135, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris is only available in India and has been created specifically for government and enterprises in India. Regardless of this, it does prove the technology and will pave the way for its inclusion on future Samsung phones.
The security of the Iris Recognition Technology has, on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris, been awarded India‘s governmental quality certification. The system used sees the Samsung tablet holding no iris information itself, which is contrary to other biometric enabled devices that use fingerprint recognition.
Instead, every resident of the country has been given a unique identification number (Aadhaar) through the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
Using Aadhaar Authentication, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris checks the individuals iris scan against attributes held in the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR). CIDR holds information for verification that includes biometrics, demographics, fingerprints and photographs.
The CIDR does not share any of this information with the Galaxy Tab Iris being used and instead it simply returns a yes or no response, ensuring that the individual’s identification information remains secure.
In India, Samsung has given more than a billion people access to biometric authentication with high speed scans, that have high accuracy and reliability.
The system employed is designed to provide paperless and cashless services for banking, taxation, passport issuance, pensions, car registration, airport passenger verification, education and health care.
This gives banks and financial institutions a streamlined process for authenticating individuals, regardless of literacy and language barriers. e-KYC has transformed the Know Your Customer (KYC) identification process, reducing it from 2-7 days to a matter of seconds.
Samsung has also released an Identity SDK for app developers, so that they can create new authentication solutions with contact-less security.
If the dual-eye scanner used on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris is to come to the Galaxy Note 6 and Galaxy S8, for lock screen unlocking and in-app purchases, then the iris scanner will need to be moved onto the front face of these phones.
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This will dramatically change the look of these future Samsung phones, as space will be required for the dual-eye scanner and selfie camera. We won’t know for sure if Iris Recognition Technology will feature on the Galaxy S8 until it is launched in 2017. This does however give Samsung plenty of time to work it into its design.
If you are waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S8 then you may like to read our Samsung Galaxy S8 review, which is based upon the latest leaks and rumours.
Written by: Michael Brown