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Safran Identity & Security and FotoNation partnering to deliver advanced iris recognition solution for mobile devices in India

February 2017 by Marc Jacob

Safran Identity & Security and Tessera Holding Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiary FotoNation Limited, have signed a cooperation agreement to deliver the most advanced iris authentication biometric security solution for mobile devices to the Indian market.

The agreement includes a cross-license of Safran Identity & Security’s and FotoNation’s relevant patented iris capture, recognition and control technologies for enabling delivery of a unique and high-performance system for mobile devices. This joint solution, named BioNetra, will accurately and reliably verify subject identity under a broad range of lighting and environmental conditions.

Linked to the Indian Aadhaar program, the world’s largest biometric identity system with more than 1.1 billion people enrolled to date, this solution will allow consumers to carry out online operations with strong authentication for any secure online services in connection with banking, telecoms, government services or healthcare. It will also provide OEM device makers with a robust and feature-rich platform, enabling them to produce competitive smartphones while meeting the Indian government’s biometric quality and security standards.

The reference design kit (RDK) for BioNetra – comprising hardware specifications, software and design implementation specifications – has been certified by the Indian government organization STQC and is currently available. Safran Identity & Security and FotoNation plan to make the solution available to additional markets in the coming months.

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