Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris has been officially launched in India today. It features an iris-recognition technology that is Aadhaar-complaint and STQC-certified under ‘Make for India’ initiative.
It is basically targeted at enterprises, banks, government benefit programs, education and financial institutions. Samsung said, “This will support government benefit programs and enable banks and financial institutions to streamline the process of an individual’s authentication, regardless of language and literacy barriers.”
This feature will enable the consumers to access services remotely by embedding Aadhaar iris-biometric authentication capabilities. Samsung added, “This alignment will provide a more secure authentication and verification process and help the country transition away from traditional authentication processes.” It is also UIDAI compliant and hence it can be used for child enrolment program, where biometrics of the parent is used to authenticate children for Aadhaar enrolment.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris Specifications
The Samsung Galaxy Iris features a 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) WSVGA display, that is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It comes with 1.5 GB of LPDDR3 RAM along with 8 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 200 GB via microSD card. The tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out of the box.
On the camera front, it rocks a 5 megapixel rear camera with auto focus. It is 9.7 mm thick and weighs 327 grams. As discussed above, it features an iris camera and subsystem.
On the connectivity front, the Galaxy Tab Iris comes with 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB OTG. The tablet packs in a 3,600 mAh battery under the hood.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris is available in Black color and has been priced at Rs 13,499.
Commenting on this launch, Dr. Aloknath De, Corporate Vice President and CTO, Samsung India R&D, said:
“We’re excited to offer biometric-based services to the billion plus people enrolled in Aadhaar.Our India R&D team has made significant investments in biometric technology research and we built this product leveraging our knowledge in hardware design, biometrics and security for a high-speed scan, greater accuracy and high reliability.
Along with the device, we are providing an Identity SDK for application developers to build financial inclusion, payments and authentication solutions. This will encourage our start-up ecosystem to rapidly build relevant apps and services. We strongly believe this overall offering will in turn strengthen government programs such as Jan-Dhan Yojana and E-Citizen services under the Digital India initiative.”
Sukesh Jain, Vice President, Samsung India Electronics, said:
“This is another example of Samsung’s pursuit for meaningful innovations. We see great potential for the iris technology solution to be used as a means of directly facilitating greater inclusion in the Digital India programme. The biometric authentication can also act as an enabler in facilitating integration of financial services with the ‘Aadhaar’ initiative. The Galaxy Tab Iris addresses consumer pain points across platforms such as banking, finance, education and various citizen services by bringing enhanced usability, versatility and reliability all through one device.“