Biomatiques, an India-based biometrics company, has unveiled a new portable iris scanner, according to a Mid-Day article by Hassan M. Kamal. Called the eParakh Iris Scanner, the device is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and is meant to offer plug-and-play functionality.
According to Biomatiques CEO Tamaal Roy, the device’s algorithm relies on 250 unique identification points in the iris, and, he claims, “it can’t be faked”. Interviewed for the article, Roy suggested that the eParakh can be used with UIDAI data, referring to the federal agency in charge of collecting and managing the biometric data of Indian citizens. Given that Biomatiques has made its API and SDK’s available on an open-source basis, that could prove hugely appealing to organizations in the country interested in developing products and applications for use in conjunction with India’s ambitious Aadhaar program.
The global iris recognition market is huge, and growing; and there are direct competitors such as EyeLock with its myris USB iris scanner, another easy-to-use, multi-platform device that also won acclaim as a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree.
March 25, 2015 – by Alex Perala