The South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched its latest tablet under 'Make for India' initiative. Dubbed as Galaxy Tab Iris, this tablet comes with iris-recognition technology that is Aadhaar-compliant and STQC-certified.
As per the company, "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."
Moving on to the specifications of the device, the Galaxy Tab Iris comes with 7-inch WSVGA display with 1024×600 pixels. It is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz clubbed with 1.5GB LPDDR3 RAM under the board.
Talking about the storage part, the Galaxy Tab Iris has 8GB of inbuilt memory, with an expandable storage option up to 200GB via MicroSD card slot. On the other side, the slate has 5MP autofocus on the back along with Iris Camera and Subsystem. It is supported with the connectivity option such as 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG.
Priced at Rs 13,499, the Galaxy Tab Iris is powered by 3600mAh battery. The company also added, "This alignment will provide a more secure authentication and verification process and help the country transition away from traditional authentication processes."
Commenting on the 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."
He added, "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."