Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature Princeton Identity iris technology for Mastercard selfie pay

March 31, 2017 - 

Princeton Identity announced that its patented iris recognition technology is featured in the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Earlier this week Samsung announced that the Galaxy S8 will feature facial, iris and fingerprint recognition to deliver improved security for mobile banking and other sensitive applications.

Princeton Identity’s iris recognition technology will enable S8 users to quickly unlock their phones with a quick glance at their device.

Capturing over 200 points of a person’s iris, iris recognition is far more secure than a fingerprint scan.

In addition, iris recognition is up to 100,000 times more resistant to false positives than other forms of biometric authentication methods.

“From unlocking smartphones to managing building access, iris recognition is one of the most reliable and accurate ways to address today’s security challenges,” said Mark Clifton, CEO of Princeton Identity. “We are thrilled Samsung has selected our iris recognition technology for global consumer and enterprise use within the Galaxy S8 and are confident that additional applications will quickly follow.”

Samsung Galaxy S8’s iris authentication capability is the first iris scanning technology available on a mobile phone to verify online purchases through Mastercard Identity Check Mobile, also known as Selfie Pay.

Mastercard’s new digital payments service gives consumers more options to securely authenticate their purchases when shopping online either with a fingerprint, face and now iris scan.

Mastercard Identity Check Mobile is available in a number of markets including the U.S., Canada, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and most recently in Australia.

The digital payments solution will continue to be rolled out worldwide in phases throughout the year.

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