InFocus to launch Aadhaar-enabled smartphone
06 December 2016 17:08 GMT

US-based handset maker InFocus plans to release a smartphone aimed at the Indian market which features an iris recognition solution that can link to the countries biometrics-backed unique ID system, Aadhaar.

The company has been awarded STQC (Standardization Testing and Quality Certification)  by the Indian government and plans to launch more device supporting Aadhaar authentication in the future.

"InFocus smartphone features IriTech's superior iris image quality assessment and on-board K7 generation algorithm to provide good quality images and avoid false positives while maximising true positive identification rates," InFocus India Country Head Sachin Thapar told PTI.

He said that the biometric data from the InFocus device gets encrypted by a UIDAI key at the chip level in device, making it impossible for anyone but the Aadhaar server to see the information.  

"The InFocus Aadhaar-enabled iris smartphone is a great example of the innovation possible on the Aadhaar platform. The phone is timely as it can be used for applications like opening instant bank accounts with eKYC and as a cashless microATM for merchant payments. This will accelerate JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) implementation," said Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of UIDAI, reported the newspaper.

The M425 is a 4G-VoLTE enabled smartphone, powered by 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. The dual SIM phone features 4.5-inch display, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB) and 2,300mAh battery.