US-based mobile handset maker InFocus to launch a new smartphone soon in India. The device will support Aadhaar authentication by making use of iris scanner. The smartphone will be made available from early next year and priced at Rs. 12,000. The company also says it has been awarded STQC from Indian government and is planning to launch Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in future.

“InFocus smartphone features IriTech’s superior iris image quality assessment and onboard K7 generation algorithm to provide good quality images and avoid false positives while maximizing true positive identification rates,” says, Sachin Thapar, InFocus India Country Head.

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Besides UIDAI, IriTech also works with government agencies in the Kenya, Columbia, and the US. Infocus claims the device with embedded algorithm can complete an image capture and generates a K7 image in less than 2 seconds. It can also capture iris image under different environments which also includes direct sunlight.

Referring to other scanning variants from the iris, InFocus Bingo 20 (M425) was launched back in March this year with price tag of Rs.5,749. Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris is the only phone in the present market to have an embedded Delta ID’s Active IRIS technology.

UIDAI has held discussions with smartphone makers and operating system providers to implant the identification technology in smartphones.

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Discussing the specs, InFocus Bingo 20 (M425) smartphone features a very basic 4.5-inch display.  The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB RAM. The device provides an internal memory of 8GB which is expandable up to 64GB maximum. A 2300 mAh battery backs the device which would be a satisfactory power solution for the specs.

The device can be employed as a secure and reliable biometric solution in Banking areas, E-PDS and such biometric identification based government services. It may also reduce making use of separate biometric identification machines.


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