Samsung has launched Galaxy Tab Iris with iris-recognition technology that is Aadhaar-compliant and STQC-certified under ‘Make for India’ initiative. It is targeted at government benefit programs, enterprises, banks, education and financial institutions. “This will support government benefit programs and enable banks and financial institutions to streamline the process of an individual’s authentication, regardless of language and literacy barriers,” said Samsung.
This will enable users to access services remotely by embedding Aadhaar iris-biometric authentication capabilities. “This alignment will provide a more secure authentication and verification process and help the country transition away from traditional authentication processes,” added Samsung. It is UIDAI compliant and can be used for child enrolment program where biometrics of the parent is used to authenticate children for Aadhaar enrolment.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris specifications
- 7.0-inch (1024×600 pixels) WSVGA display
- 1.2GHz quad-core processor
- 1.5GB LPDDR3 RAM, 8GB of internal storage, expandable memory up to 200GB with microSD
- Iris Camera and Subsystem
- Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
- 5MP auto focus rear camera
- Dimensions: 193.4 x 116.4 x 9.7mm; Weight: 327g
- 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG
- 3,600mAh battery
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 13,499.
Commenting on the launch, Dr. Aloknath De, Corporate Vice President and CTO, Samsung India R&D, said:
We’re excited to offer biometric-based services to the billion plus people enrolled in Aadhaar.Our India R&D team has made significant investments in biometric technology research and we built this product leveraging our knowledge in hardware design, biometrics and security for a high speed scan, greater accuracy and high reliability.
Along with the device, we are providing an Identity SDK for application developers to build financial inclusion, payments and authentication solutions. This will encourage our start-up ecosystem to rapidly build relevant apps and services. We strongly believe this overall offering will in turn strengthen government programs such as Jan-Dhan Yojana and E-Citizen services under the Digital India initiative.
Sukesh Jain, Vice President, Samsung India Electronics, said:
This is another example of Samsung’s pursuit for meaningful innovations. We see great potential for the iris- technology solution to be used as a means of directly facilitating greater inclusion in the Digital India programme. The biometric authentication can also act as an enabler in facilitating integration of financial services with the ‘Aadhaar’ initiative. The Galaxy Tab Iris addresses consumer pain points across platforms such as banking, finance, education and various citizen services by bringing enhanced usability, versatility and reliability all through one device.