Samsung to make devices with iris recognition in partnership with SRI

by: Jimmy WestenbergMarch 25, 2015

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You may have thought fingerprint sensors embedded in smartphones were a novel idea, but it looks as though Samsung is working towards upping its biometric security in the near future. SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) has just announced the exclusive licensing of its Iris on the Move (IOM) technology to Samsung for use in mobile devices. Iris on the Move encompasses a number of technologies built by SRI that, unlike normal biometric readers that make the user position their eyes for a few moments, allow the user to simply “glance and go”.

SRI and Samsung are partnering up to start the production and sales of mobile devices with the new technology for B2B applications. The first product from Samsung with the new iris recognition technology will be a customized Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet that will be introduced in the SIA New Product Showcase at ISC West 2015.

SRI elaborates on the new Galaxy Tab:

This new model will provide fast, easy-to-use, and accurate biometric identity management solutions to its users. Tests have shown this purely iris-based solution to be more than 1,000 times more accurate than published fingerprint data.

SRI says that Iris on the Move is normally suited for use in airports, access control and workforce management, though the research institute says that it’s looking for early adopters for other types of products.

You may not have heard of SRI International in the past, but you’ve definitely caught wind of its most well-known creation. Back in December 2007, SRI created a spin-off company called Siri, Inc. Apple acquired the spin-off in April 2010 and used it to launch the Siri personal voice assistant in 2011.

Samsung incorporating iris recognition technologies into their mobile devices should come at no surprise. Soon after Samsung’s fingerprint scanning tech made its way to the Galaxy S5, the company’s Senior Vice President Injong Rhee explained:

We’re looking at various types of biometric [mechanisms] and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection.

If IOM proves itself worthy in the customized Galaxy Tab, we’ll definitely begin to see more iris recognition technologies come to additional Samsung devices in the future. And while the press release doesn’t mention it specifically, if the new Galaxy Tab eventually makes its way to consumers, we’d imagine it would only be available in select markets.

  • siddharth nair

    Iris recognition is only useful if it can work really fast. The one found on one of the ZTE phone i think at CES was absolutely rubbish! Nobody’s got the patience to wait for so long just to unlock the phone.

    • unBREAKable_Fs3

      The one demoed by Fujitsu is actually faster than the fingerprint scanner.

    • iKrontologist

      This is why Samsung began working with SRI (Stanford U’s R&D Privately Held Institute) with Samsung Techwin and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) at Stanford over 4yrs ago. IoM (iris on the move) had already been producing their technology products commercially since 2010!

      What it is exactly is iris recognition capable of scanning irises held in a local database, instantly even while people are moving, up to 3m away. No set distance and above all the person can even be moving. Samsung has already been using IoM within Techwin’s High Level Surveillance and Security Products for Military and Government. They even use it for Secured Access to their own High Security facilities!

      The problem has been in miniaturizing it and bringing costs down for use in mobile devices. They’ve now done that and actually it’s small enough to be placed underneath a transparent AMOLED screen, without need for taking up space outside the area of the screen for the sensors!

      Here’s another mind blower for you fools; Samsung may be including it in Gear A (Orbis Project) and not just in Galaxy Tab (tablet PC’s) meant for Enterprise, Hospitals, Military and even personal use this fall. It’s actually faster and far more secure than fingerprint scanners. But…. they also hold some patents for using it for hands free gesture control. That’s where I’m saying that if it’s in Gear A Orbis Modular device launch (can be worn on wrist, as designer jewelry accessory pendants, brooches (like Star Trek Communicator), sports fitness armbands, pocket watch, etc. With Hands Free Gesture Control and IoM you can drive with it on a dash mount and never take your eyes off the road! ……..and with the Twist of the Ring around the face, Zoom In/Out, pick from menus without touching the face of the Gear A Orbis!!!

  • Wjdzm

    oh boy. GN5 hype train here we go!