South Korean tech giant Samsung on Wednesday launched a new tablet device, equipped with iris-recognition technology, aimed at government and enterprises in India. The Android-based tablet 'Galaxy Tab Iris' is priced at Rs 13,499. The tablet features a 7-inch screen, 1.2 Ghz quadcore processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB memory (expandable up to 200GB), 5MP rear camera and 3,600 mAh battery.
"The tablet can be used by agencies using Aadhaar as an authentication mechanism. It can be used for a variety of applications in banking, eGovernance services, etc," Samsung India Vice President Sukesh Jain told reporters here.
The India R&D team has made significant investments in biometric technology research and this product leverages Samsung's knowledge in hardware design, biometrics and security for a high speed scan, greater accuracy and high reliability, he added.
The company is in discussions with various government departments and corporates to deploy the devices at workplace, he said.
Currently, Samsung is focussing on selling the tablet to enterprise customers as it believes that iris-based authentication still has more 'assisted' usage. "We expect banking sector to be among the front runners in terms of adoption. Telecom service providers would also benefit from such a solution," Jain said.
TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said a lot of pilfering happen in government schemes as there is no way to authenticate the beneficiaries at a rural level and such a device that supports Aadhaar can be of help.