India is known as one of the top tech-reliant countries in the world. Any new technologies often get introduced to them first as their appreciation for innovative solutions are appreciated. With the arrival of the newest biometric sensors in the form of iris scanners on smartphones, it seems that India will have a greater adoption rate than any other country for many reasons. Here’s why we think that they will be a huge hit in India:
First to get the technology
One of the first handsets that arrived in the country with said biometric technology was the TCL Pride T500L. Launched in early December 2015, the company leveraged the iris scanner by scanning the owner’s eye through its 8-megapixel front camera to unlock the device, according to IB Times. Currently, top mobile manufacturers are still reviewing its potential and the possibility of it being included in their next wave of handsets. Samsung and LG were rumored to release their Galaxy S7 and G5 handsets respectively with the technology, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Iris scanning isn’t new to this market
This technology isn’t new to Indian market. Since 2011, the country has leveraged biometric technology to help the government register each individual in India and link their data to their national ID cards. According to Corbet Report, both the fingerprint and iris scanning technologies used by the government hope to scan 1.2 billion citizens when done – they had already reached 600 million by 2014.
As the technology enters the mobile tech industry, higher adoption rates are expected from a country known to have almost 650 million smartphone users. Currently, almost half of the overall tech data worldwide comes from mobile devices alone, as stated by Gaming Realms, the mobile software developer of entertainment portal, Spin Genie. In a world where mobile data has surpassed data sources coming from other computing devices, smartphones have proven to be vital tools and a reliable authentication process can be a great feature to help the fight against cyber crimes in the coming years.
It’s cheaper and more reliable
Smartphones with this new innovative feature shouldn’t cost any more than ones with fingerprint technology. As LiveScience mentioned in published post, iris scanners are cheaper than the latter to produce. In addition, they should replace the previous biometric technology as the iris sensors are proven to be more secure than any of the known body scanners in mobile tech. The Texas State University that did the report also said that the technology is harder to counterfeit. Today, many tech eCommerce websites offer iris scanners that can be installed in offices and homes.