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Biomatiques wins STQC certification for iris recognition technology


Indian biometric solutions firm Biomatiques Identification Solutions Pvt. Ltd. released eParakh Iris Scanner (model EPI-1000), a mobile iris scanner that works with Windows, Mac and Linux based computers and Android mobile devices, according to a report by Mid-Day.

Biomatiques is the first Indian company to receive the Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) for their iris scanners from the STQC Directorate, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity) under the country’s Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

The technology, which has a pending international patent, uses an algorithm that can identify up to 250 identification points including rings, furrows and freckles within the iris.

Since the iris of all individuals is entirely unique, iris-based security solutions are more robust and reliable than their fingerprint-based solution counterparts, said Biomatiques CEO Tamaal Roy.

“Our indigenisation has helped us bring down the cost of Iris authentication to match fingerprint authentication,” said Roy. “With our vision of ‘Total Security’, we aim to completely replace fingerprint authentication, which is error-prone. The applications for this technology are varied, and we are expecting this price revolution to change the security mindset across India and the globe. The awarded STQC Department of IT allows connection of our Iris scanners to the Aadhaar database also.”

The iris scanners can be integrated into a range of home/office security solutions to identify residents and employees as well as record employee attendance.

The technology can also be used to verify an individual’s identity with UIDAI data, authorizing users to conduct various e-services such as banking, visa, and passports.

The scanners are able to capture and authenticate an iris image from as far as two metres away, as well as read an iris through contact lenses.

In an effort to promote its products, Biomatiques will offer their application programming interface (API) and the software development kits (SDKs) to all software developers for free.

The company has yet to disclose the price of the iris recognition scanners, but Roy said it will be comparable to fingerprint based products. They are currently available only via Biomatiques’ sales representatives.

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