Osram Opto Semiconductors has announced two new infrared LEDs designed to facilitate iris and facial recognition on mobile devices.
The Oslux SFH 4787S is designed to emit its infrared light at a special angled direction in order to align with the mobile device’s camera, helping to ensure that the subject’s iris is illuminated evenly. The Oslux SFH 4796S takes a similar approach but is designed to illuminate the entire face, while ensuring that “[u]sers are not dazzled by the light at all,” according to a statement announcing the new solutions.
Osram’s technology was instrumental in facilitating the iris scanning capability of the Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G, the world’s first iris scanning smartphone, and the company is evidently keen to remain a key supplier as eye-based authentication technology gains in prominence via new devices like the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, which is expected to feature an iris scanning capability.
Osram says it is also seeing growing interest from the industrial sector, which suggests we could see access control systems based on facial and iris scanning in a wide range of everyday applications in the near future.
March 3, 2017 – by Alex Perala