Samsung teaming up with Siri team to make iris-scanning tablet

Samsung is looking to the next big biometric reading system beyond fingerprint scanning, so it’s turned to the maker of Siri for the latest eye-scanning technology.

SRI International is the company that gave Apple a head start in the voice-activated personal assistant market with Siri in the iPhone 5 back in 2011. Now it’s partnering with Samsung on a new biometric authentication system.

The company recently announced that Samsung had acquired an exclusive license for its Iris on the Move technologies. SRI has also entered into a supply agreement with the Korean manufacturer to “start production and sales of the IOM technology-embedded Samsung mobile products for B2B applications.”

In other words, Samsung wants to start making mobile devices aimed at businesses containing a sophisticated iris-based security system.

The business applications are clear – this iris-based authentication system is said to be over 1000 times more accurate than fingerprint solutions. SRI claims that the new technology is “optimally suited for airports, access control, workforce management, and similar security applications.”

SRI’s announcement even goes so far as to reveal what the first product of this partnership will be: “a customized Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet with a built-in IOM iris module.”

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The original Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is about a year old now, and features an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 display and a Snapdragon 800 CPU.

Apparently, this new tweaked version will be introduced at  ISC West 2015, the largest security industry trade show in the U.S., which runs from April 15 to April 17. It will then be made available worldwide through SRI partners and resellers.


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