The idea of biometric security has been slowly taking hold, thanks to Apple’s touch ID making its way into every other hand.
People are getting used to prodding devices with their hands for authentication but one Indian company wants to take it to the next level. Biomatiques wants to use your eyes.
The Gujarat based company showcased the EPI-1000, the only Indian-made iris scanning device that has an STQC certification. It’s touted to provide iris images of exceptional quality- compliant to ISO/IEC 19794-6 standards- for both enrolment and verification. That random string of numbers and alphabets means this thing is legit.
a peek at the future
“Eyes don’t lie”, said Tamaal Roy, CEO of Biomatiques at the launch of their iris recognition technology in Mumbai, “Fingerprints can be easily copied- you literally leave your password everywhere when you use your fingerprints for security authentication. Iris recognition is a far more accurate and secure method- Your iris can not be copied, it resists ageing and it doesn’t even come in contact with the biometric equipment.”
Traditional fingerprint security has an error rate of 1 in 15,000; the more sophisticated Apple Touch ID still has an error rate of 1 in 50,000. That effectively means that your iPhone might mistake one fingerprint for another once out of 50,000. Sounds good enough, right? Biomatiques doesn’t think so. Their proprietary iris recognition technology has an error rate of 1 in 15,00,000 and the applications of this are practically limitless.
According to a Gartner report, by 2020, new biometric methods will displace passwords and fingerprints for access to endpoint devices across 80 percent of the market. Biomatiques is targeting government bodies, banks, hospitals, enterprises and even that Great Indian Goldmine- The middle class end users for their biometric security solutions. You didn’t hear it from us but they are already working closely with several defense bodies like CBI and BSF. It’s all very hush hush and hashtag exciting.
The tech will be released over the next few months and would work across platforms- iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux. No word on pricing yet but CEO Tamaal Roy said it would be affordable because he wants devices to say ‘Biomatiques Somewhere’ like it says ‘Intel Inside’ on every computer.
Well.. May the force be with you Gujju company.