InFocus is a US based smartphone manufacturer which is soon to launch a phone in India that is able to authenticate Aadhaar card using its iris scanner option. As claimed by the company the device has earned Standardization Testing and Quality Certification by Government of India and will be the first device to be enabled with Aadhar card authentication. As per the plans of the company it is expected to manufacture more devices based on biometric authentication. As per the STQC certification it certificates iris recognition for biometric authentication as a part of the Aadhaar project.
Authentication and the phone
As mentioned by India Country Head of InFocus, Sachin Thapar the phone features IriTech’s superior iris image quality assessment along with K7 generation algorithm that calls for great image quality and true positive identification rates. IriTech is known to work with government agencies based in UK, Kenya and Columbia. The phone comes with embedded algorithm that supports image capture in just 2 seconds and can capture iris image even under direct sunlight. It was also mentioned by Sachin Thapar that – “Moreover, the biometric data from the InFocus device gets encrypted by a UIDAI key at the chip level in device, making it impossible for anyone but the Aadhaar server to see the information.”
Feature Highlights of the phone
• InFocus Bingo 20 is powered by the superior Android 5.1 Lollipop and runs on the powerful 1.5 GHz Quad core processor.
• It flaunts of a display screen of 4.5 inch and is packed with internal memory of 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM expandable by up to 64GB in microSD card.
• It has a battery support of 2300mAh, has dual SIM support and runs on 4G VoLTE connectivity.
The Infocus phone is expected to be made available in 2 to 3 months and the company is planning to launch more devices with authentication capability. The iris scanning variant of the phone was launched at price of Rs 5,749 in March of this year. UIDAI has encourages smartphone makers to manufacture phones with such identification technology and use of Aadhaar enabled phone will help people to authenticate their Aadhaar card making it easy for them to avail subsidy and other benefits. This will help people in opening bank accounts with eKYC and make cashless transactions. The device can be used a biometric solution in many government sectors and works and will not require biometric authentication by any other device.