EyeVerify has announced via a new blog post on its website that it ended 2015 with 2 million enrolled Eyeprint ID users on unique devices. The company’s biometric software technology—which authenticates users by matching the unique vein patterns and other micro features in and around their eye to stored templates—received a commercial release last year and has since seen encouraging adoption numbers. According to the blog post “Two million users unlock phones, apps with their eyes,” EyeVerify is seeing approximately 60 thousand new Eyeprint ID enrollments per week.
The company attributes its large adoption numbers, which “continue to grow exponentially,” to two major factors in 2015 besides the commercial release of Eyeprint ID: major integrations and the advantages offered by biometric software solutions. EyeVerify has important partnerships in the mobile handset market, which enable Eyeprint ID to ship already on smartphones, allowing customers to authenticate apps and lock screens with eye vein capture.
As far as the software advantage goes, in the post EyeVerify specifically positions its technology as a fingerprint sensor alternative. “Fingerprint works great if the fingerprint reader is already on the phone and integrated into the app in question,” states the blog’s author, alluding to the fact that Eyeprint ID requires no additional hardware beyond what has long been standard handset (a front-facing camera).
What is interesting about the Eyeprint ID integrations on handsets, though, is that it is sometimes found alongside embedded fingerprint sensors. The ZTE Axon phones, for instance, sport EyeVerify’s software and touch fingerprint sensors. The multimodal aspect of these situations is on trend, as situations call for greater flexibility when it comes to authentication, and EyeVerify suggests each modality can tackle different tasks: “In some cases, people may use their fingerprint to unlock their phone and their Eyeprint to unlock their mobile banking app.”
Pointing to convenience and a lack of negative biometric stigma (eye vein patterns have no association with law enforcement databases and are difficult to spoof via presentation attack), EyeVerify paints an optimistic picture of its future. With major financial app launches scheduled for 2016, and a growing interest in biometrics from the consumer public, the company has good reason to expect its legions of users to grow as users begin to warm to using their eyes for authentication.
January 5, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter