Delta ID’s iris software to make Aadhaar authentication more secure

NEW DELHI: A leader in consumer-grade iris technology for mobile devices Delta ID, has announced its ActiveIRISsoftware for performance testing of integrated mobiledevices used for Aadhaar authentication.

The performance testing was held by STQC in collaboration with C-DAC and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), under the Ministry of Electronics and IT of the Government of India, during May 2016 in New Delhi.

Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS software integrated in the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris was also the first to be awarded provisional certification by STQC prior to the Performance Testing.

“We want to congratulate Delta ID on passing the Performance Test for its irissoftware for integrated mobile devices for Aadhaar. The Performance Testing required a pass rate of better than 99 percent when tested with 5000 residents,” said Director General of STQC, Umesh Kumar Nandwani.

“With the availability of iris integrated mobile devices we hope to make the use of Aadhaar even more convenient and reliable for our residents,” added Nandwani.

With Aadhaar enrollments crossing the one billion mark, the use of Aadhaar for resident authentication and eKYC is expected to rapidly spread across services for government and private enterprises.

The need for a biometric modality that works reliably is critical for the use of Aadhaar, a key component of the government’s Janadhan Aadhaar Mobile (JAM) led initiatives.

The iris is widely accepted as a more secure and reliable modality to identify and authenticate people. The iris works across a broader population, across all age groups and occupations.

“I believe we are at that the cusp of a major change in how biometrics, particularly, iris will play a role in enabling access to a variety of services we use in our daily lives,” said President and CEO of Delta ID Inc, Dr. Salil Prabhakar.

“We thank STQC and UIDAI in planning and conducting the rigorous Performance Testing in the most competent way. This effort will serve both the government and residents of India by ensuring only the most reliable iris integrated mobile devices are used for Aadhaar authentication and eKYC applications,” added Prabhakar.

Delta ID has made remarkable advances in bringing iris technology to consumer mobile devices and applications. Delta ID’s Active IRIS technology includes software for iris capture and segmentation for authentication with UIDAI servers.
When combined with UIDAI standard compliant iris hardware components, Active IRIS software enables iris based Aadhaar authentication and eKYC that works reliably across the population in conditions and scenarios where users typically use their mobile devices.