Iris recognition to accelerate Aadhar's impact: Tamaal Roy

Tamaal Roy of Biomatiques discusses the loopholes in authentication methods and why iris recognition matters in the age of Aadhar.

By Sejuti Das
June 6, 2017

However, while all features, organs and limbs in a body can undergo changes on a regular basis, eyes remain same from the time of your birth till death. Hence, iris scanning proves to be one of the most accurate forms of biometric identification, with a False Acceptance Rate (FAR) of 1:12 million, which is unmatched by any other biometric modality.

Iris technology is easy, cheap, fast and extremely accurate, and therefore provides secure transactions and ease of convenience to all classes of people. It also goes several steps beyond the safeguarding of pins, passwords and cards, which have the danger of being copied or stolen. If reports are to be believed, worldwide iris recognition technology market is expected to increase to USD 4.1 billion by 2025.


What are the innovative products and solutions you have for the Indian market?
Currently, we have a flagship product model-EPI-1000-for any Aadhaar enabled service, which provides iris images of exceptional quality for both enrolment and verification. Apart from that, we have several prototype iris scanners that are available for different businesses in different verticals.

We are aggressively focusing on a growth plan, considering the existing market for the delivery of government schemes using Aadhaar enabled services. We are also aligning with several system integrators to develop accurate iris biometric-based identification solutions for the government, BFSI, telecom, automobile and education sector.


How is iris technology going to change the face of the security infrastructure of the country?
Currently, iris technology is the best authentication process available. The technology is usually mistaken as a simple retinal scan, but it actually involves image processing authentication which uses unique patterns that are formed in the iris as a means of identification. Therefore, no two human beings can have the same iris pattern whatsoever.

The Aadhaar-based initiatives, other public services government's welfare schemes that use iris technology are gradually changing the security system infrastructure of the country. It is now being deployed for large scale applications in government supported projects.

Further, iris biometric technology can help practitioners in retrieving medical documents of patients without any gaps and delays. Also, it can be used for security checks at airports and borders.


What is the scope of iris technology in e-governance in India?
We believe iris technology has a humungous scope in e-governance application services such as passport, taxation, healthcare and education. This technology is aimed to strengthen government programs such as Jan-Dhan Yojana and E-Citizen services under the Digital India initiative.

It also has a wide range of applications in government's initiatives like MNREGA schemes, public distribution system, direct benefit transfer and pension. The technology has already been implemented by the Andhra Pradesh government and we are expecting other state governments to come forward and leverage this revolutionary technology.

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