Delta ID, Indus OS to release Aadhaar-authenticated OS for Indian consumers

Indus OS has partnered with Delta ID to launch the first-ever Aadhaar-authenticated operating system (OS) that uses iris recognition technology, according to a report by The Economic Times.

The OS, which comprised of software and hardware, captures the iris-ID biometric information through a dedicated iris scanning camera built into the smartphone.

“We look forward to our partnership with Delta ID, the market leaders in iris-based authentication technology, and expect to release the first Aadhaar-authenticated OS this quarter,” said Rakesh Deshmukh, co-founder and CEO of Indus OS. “The OS will be released across our smartphone brand partners and we foresee 100 million users to be using the Aadhaar-authenticated OS by 2020.”

The OS, which supports 12 Indian languages, initially encodes the iris-ID biometric data and subsequently encrypts it with UID’s public key.

It then sends the encrypted information to the UIDAI server for a match, which replies with a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ token.

If the system replies with a ‘Yes’ token, the consumer is authorized to use the Aadhaar ID for a range of activities.

“We hope the combination of sophisticated iris scanning technology provided by Delta ID, with the consumer insights of Indus OS, the made-in-India operating system can enable faster adoption of Aadhaar-based services,” said Salil Prabhakar, president and CEO of Delta ID.

Indus OS has already partnered with six Indian smartphone manufacturers, including Micromax, Intex, Karbonn, Celkon and Swipe.

“With the government pushing for higher adoption of Aadhaar-related services in the country, this innovation will give smartphone manufacturers an extra edge and act as a means to showcase their support towards government-led initiatives,” Indus OS said in the statement.

The new OS will be available to Indian consumers later this quarter.

Just last month, Delta ID revealed it is working on developing more affordable and accurate iris recognition technology to be integrated into smartphones for the Indian market.

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