According to a report released by The Wall Street Journal, Samsung senior Vice President Rhee In-jong told analysts and investors at a forum in Hong Kong that the company is planning to incorporate biometric sensors such as eye scanners into more of its products as a part of its enterprise security software.
“We're looking at various types of biometric mechanisms and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection,” Rhee said.
The move is no doubt in order to bring an added layer of security to its devices. A Smartphone with an eye-scanning feature would most likely to be used in the front-facing camera to scan the unique patterns of the user’s iris and once the pattern get matched with the already stored user’s iris image in the phone, the user will get an access to its device.
Rhee heads the company’s Knox security platform which is a mobile security software designed to make Samsung phones more secure in the workplace. He said that out of the 87 million devices that come embedded with Samsung Knox, only 1.8 million are actively using the Knox, including banks, healthcare and financial companies as well.
The figure is just a fraction of the actually distributed devices and the company is looking forward to increase its number of clients by focusing on the various new authentication methods for having a wider distribution. So, the technology will likely to integrate with the company's Knox security platform.
“We, as a market leader, are following the market trend,” he said, emphasizing his point on eye scanning feature will more likely to be available for adoption in high-end phones first.
Apple first brought the fingerprint scanning technology into its iPhone 5, and after seven months, Samsung added the same biometric security feature to its new release Android based Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphones. But, this time Samsung is ready to give a tough competition to Apple by offering more advanced biometric features.
With the company’s already existing security features such as login passwords, PINs, and gestures, the IRIS scanner feature will definitely provide high security parameters to Samsung smartphones.
HACKING EYEBALLS TO BYPASS IRIS SCANNER
Biometric information can't be stolen in a phishing attack, for instance, because the unique information is physically attached to the each user. But, like hackers found a way to fool the Apple as well as Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner using a fake fingerprint, the IRIS scanners can also be fooled.
In 2012, At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, a researcher demonstrated that how an attacker can create create the spoofed template of IRIS of a real person, that could be used to fool the scanners.
Do you think Samsung will be able to deliver a hack-proof eyes iris scanner system in its next Galaxy smartphone?