The company ties up with Iris scan expert DeltaID
Bangalore, May 8 2017: There have been a plethora of cashless payment apps and solutions and most of them -- led by the government's Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) -- will eventually be Aadhaar-friendly.
However for lay users to harness Aadhaar to make or receive payments, it is necessary that the Point of Sale or POS is equipped with an Aadhaar authentication equipment -- either a finger print reader or an Iris eye scanner.
Secondly, such a device must work with special software that links the authentication apparatus with the Aadhaar data base in the back end to complete process. Few software systems or hardware units thus far have been certified to be Aadhaar -ready.
So it is welcome news that Indus OS, the largest regional and Indian language-friendly operating system for mobiles has filled this gap. It has tied up with Newark, New Jersey-US based Delta ID, a specialist in iris scan technology
Together they have rolled out the first-ever Aadhaar-authenticated OS for India. The OS will be released across smartphone brand partners of Indus and they expect that 100 million users to be using the Aadhaar-authenticated OS by 2020.
Indus OS has already partnered with 6 domestic smartphone brands including Micromax, Intex, Karbonn, Celkon and Swipe; and all of them are set to benefit with the launch of the Aadhaar authenticated OS. The OS will pave the way for deeper integration of Government initiatives such as Aadhar Pay, Digilocker and UPI. The OS will also have the ability to secure financial transactions via the IRIS technology, thereby pushing the adoption of digitally enabled financial services
The Indus software plus Delta ID hardware combination captures the IRIS-ID-information through a dedicated iris scanning camera built into the smartphone.The OS first encodes this information and then encrypts it with UID’s public key. This encrypted information is sent to the UIDAI server for a match. The Universal Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) server responds with a token ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. If the token is ‘Yes’, the consumer is authorized to utilize Aadhaar ID for a whole suit of activities|
Additionally, as it will support 12 regional languages the product also enables ease of access for the 90% of Indian population that does understand English.